After registering for the SME Meeting early morning we took our usual stroll up and down the 16th Street Mall, where we usually see a number of familiar faces. But this year the only person we met was Yang ZhiYong, President of Florrea Mining Chemicals, China, a regular at MEI's Flotation conferences.
What was very noticeable this year was the very high number of homeless people begging on the Mall, which tells its own story.
After lunch at our hotel, the Crowne Plaza, we were back to the nearby Colorado Convention Centre for the opening of the exhibition. I will post regular short updates during the week on Twitter (@barrywills #SME2015ACE) and my diary of events with photos will be published on the blog on Friday.