Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure

Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure

AREAS OF STUDY: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This webcast is recommended for people with an intermediate understanding of tailings facility design, construction, operation, and closure. It is intended to provide anyone responsible for, or interested in, the hands-on management of tailings facilities with a detailed update on the latest research, practices, and successes in mine tailings management.

The course will include presentations and discussions by experts on topics such as:

  • 2017/8 tailings failures and lessons learnt.
  • New approaches in risk management and decision making re tailings.
  • The best of recent tailings conferences.
  • New guidelines for tailings facility site characterization.
  • Successful upstream and centerline construction.
  • Covers for soft tailings closure.
  • Seepage analysis and management in tailings facilities.
  • Tips for successful filtered tailings facilities.
  • Advances in tailings water treatment.
  • New equipment for tailings management.
  • Preparing an EIS for a new tailings facility.

Each topic will be discussed by referencing case histories as well as sharing first-hand experience by the presenters.

Who Should Attend?

The course is recommended for engineers, scientists, managers, and technical personnel, as well as anyone who wants to gain an in-depth appreciation of design, construction, operation, and closure of large and complex tailings facilities in difficult and challenging environments. An intermediate understanding of the topic is preferable—Edumine can provide those requiring further background information with online course access in preparation for a more in depth discussion.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Tailings Facilities Design, Operation, and Closure.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Jack Caldwell

Jack Caldwell, P.Eng, has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, an M.Sc. (Eng.) in Geotechnical Engineering and a post-graduate law degree. He has over 35 years engineering experience on mining, civil, geotechnical and site remediation projects. He has worked on numerous projects throughout southern Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States. His project experience includes:

- mines and waste disposal facilities - design, construction supervision and reclamation of tailings impoundments, mine rock dumps, heap leach pads, landfills and radioactive waste disposal units;

- hazardous and radioactive waste site remediation - senior management and technical consultant

- landfills - design, construction, operation and closure with special focus on liners, covers, and soil reinforcement.

In addition, Mr. Caldwell has been the lead specialist for various geotechnical and civil engineering projects in Southern California. Mr. Caldwell has written many engineering reports, proposals, and technical papers. He is the lead author of the book, Principles and Practice of Waste Encapsulation, on the design of waste disposal facilities for radioactive and hazardous wastes.

Ian Hutchison

Ian Hutchison is a fifty-year veteran of mining. He has consulted to the largest international mining companies on tailings, waste rock, and heap leach facilities. Ian specializes in mine waste management planning, surface and groundwater aspects of mining, and the chemistry of wastes and their impact on the environment. In his consulting practices, he manages a staff of over thirty and understands the need of the most junior through to the most senior engineers and scientists working on small and large mine waste disposal facilities. He wrote the book on Mine Waste Management for the California Mining Association in California, USA.

Bernard Brixel

Bernard Brixel cuenta con un grado académico en geología y un magíster en hidrogeología, además de varios años de experiencia profesional en consultorías. En 2010 se incorporó a RGC y ha participado en numerosos proyectos mineros y medioambientales que incluyen: estudios de caracterización de plumas contaminantes, diseño de sistemas de intercepción de filtraciones y balance de aguas de relaves. Su experiencia incluye: programas de construcción de perforaciones y pozos, pruebas hidráulicas, modelamiento numérico de aguas subterráneas y revisión de datos. Bernard posee experiencia a nivel internacional en Canadá, Europa y Sudamérica; está familiarizado con una amplia gama de prácticas estándar y requerimientos reguladores relacionados con los estudios de aguas subterráneas. Actualmente está involucrado en dos importantes evaluaciones de impacto ambiental en Chile para una compañía minera internacional.

Lawrence E. Charlebois

Lawrence Charlebois holds a B.Sc. in Geological-Environmental Engineering from Queen's University and a M.A.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Charlebois is an Engineer-In-Training in the province of British Columbia with over 4 years of environmental and mine waste project experience. Lawrence has been a geological engineer with Robertson GeoConsultants since 2009 and has diverse experience in environmental, hydrogeological, and geotechnical investigations in a variety of climates and geologic settings. His research background concerns the rheology (flow behaviour) of mine tailings and tailings deposit formation processes. Recently, Mr. Charlebois has been active in field and laboratory investigations regarding the deposition and atmospheric drying of thickened mine tailings.

Robert Cooke

Robert Cooke is the principal of Paterson & Cooke's Denver, Colorado practice. Robert founded Paterson & Cooke with Dr. Angus Paterson in 1991.

Robert has more than 25 years of experience related to slurry transportation and mine tailings. He has worked on projects around the world, including backfill; long distance pipelines; hydraulic hoisting; marine mining applications; and filtered, paste, thickened, and conventional tailings operations.

Robert is a member of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (Qualified Professional), a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has written numerous technical papers on the application of slurry transport and lectures at a number of courses presented by Paterson & Cooke and other institutions.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held 25 - 27 June 2013, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm PDT/Vancouver, Canada time each day.

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into three sessions, and will cover the following topics:

Mine Waste Disposal Facilities Described

  • Tailings Facilities
  • Waste Rock Dumps
  • Heap Leach Pads

Design of Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities

Construction and Operation of Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities

Closure of Mine Waste Facilities

Geotechnical Engineering for Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities

Water Management for Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities

Groundwater Interaction and Groundwater Modeling for Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities

Engineering Management for Tailings and Mine Waste Facilities:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Decision Making
  • Cost Estimating
  • Project Management

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.

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Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The full fee for the three sessions of this webcast, including access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning, and a certificate of attendance is CAD 540.00.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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