It takes a smart dog to find hidden treasures

About Smart Dog Mining

I am Mike Albrecht, P.E. (Az), the principal behind Smart Dog Mining, a professional mining engineer with many years’ experience.


  • Process & Equipment
    • Crushing & Grinding
    • Screening & Classification
    • Gravity Separation
    • Flotation
    • Dryeing and Dewatering
    • Bulk Material Handling
  • Minerals and Metals
    • Copper
    • Coal
    • Precious Metals
    • Industrial Minerals
    • Aggregate & Sand
    • Iron Ore
    • Oil Sands
    • Phosphate
    • Rare Earth Minerals
    • Lithium
  • Equipment Design and Development
  • Simulation & Modeling


  • Studies
    • Scoping, Pre-feasibility, Feasibility
    • Process Flowsheet Development
    • Preliminary Capital and Operating Cost Estimates
    • Feed and Product characterization
    • Technical Auditing and Due Diligence
  • Project/EPCM Support
    • Owner's Represntative/Project Manager
  • Operations Support
    • Process Analysis and Optimization
    • Plant Auditing and Optimization
    • Solving Plant Recovery/Quality Problems
  • Equipment Design and Development
  • Simulation & Modeling


·        Registered Professional Engineer (Mining) Arizona, No. 34624

·        Licensed Engineering Contractor State of California, No. 454984

·       US Patent No. 5,616,245 High Gravity Separator - process technology for fine particle gravity separation


A list of my technical publications is here!



For information of a more academic nature see my personal site!

For information on winemaking see  Smart Dog Winery!

Our Smart Dog

Our logo is based on a border collie.  Over the years we have had several, and they have all been very smart dogs.  Our first was Duchess a tri-color (black, white and brown), we got in Illinois.  She was very loving and knew how to push her limits.  Our second was Prince a rough coat black and white McNab Border Collie.  Prince was a very smart dog and was very good a finding his treasures.  Our current  smart dog is Red, a reddish brown Border Collie, also very good at finding treasurers.

If you have any questions or looking for help on a mining project: E-mail:

MIke Albrecht, P.E.

o   40+ years’ experience in the mining industry with strong mineral processing experience in Precious metals, copper, industrial minerals, coal, and phosphate

o   Operational experience in precious metals, coal, and phosphate plus in petrochemicals.

o   Extensive experience studies and feasibility in the US and international (United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, and Greece).