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

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

Course Summary


This course presents recent advances in tailings facility design, construction, operation, and closure. The course provides those responsible for the hands-on management of tailings facilities with an update on the latest research, practices, and successes in mine tailings management.

The course draws on the findings and recommendations made by expert panels and mining industry groups on the 2014 failure of the Mount Polley tailing facility in British Columbia, Canada, and the failure of other facilities from 2012 through 2015. The implications of the Mount Polley expert panel's recommendations to implement best available technology and best in practice management systems are discussed in the light of case histories that have and will benefit from such technical and management approaches and advances.

Jack Caldwell will talk on the engineering issues of best available technologies and will discuss appropriate management systems for advanced tailings facility design through closure. Guest speakers from Patterson & Cooke will bring us up-to-date on recent advances in processing and treating tailings and managing them safely. And Patrick Littlejohn from BioteQ will talk on current and advanced water treatment technologies for tailings management.

The webcast also draws on the many technical papers published on tailings in 2015. Specifically this course will include discussion of the best technical papers presented at the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference planned for October 25-28, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. If you are not able to attend the conference, this webcast is your chance to become familiar with new ideas and practices in tailings and mine waste management as presented at this and other 2015 conferences on the topic.

Students who are new to this topic and need an introduction to tailings management should consider registering for Responsible Tailings Management 101, to be held 2 months prior to this webcast.

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 and University of Arizona. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course meets the requirements for formal CPD activity for most Canadian provincial associations and US state boards and may contribute the equivalent in hours towards your CPD requirement. more details »

Who Should Attend?

The course is for engineers, scientists, managers, and technical personnel: all who wish to go beyond the superficial and simplistic and gain in-depth appreciation of design, construction, operation, and closure of large and complex tailings facilities and the like at mines in difficult and challenging environments. You should preferably have had an introduction to the topics, or should be prepared to read recommended background EduMine courses, for the course aims to advance your knowledge and skills, taking you beyond a mere introduction to the subject.

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.

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.

Patrick Littlejohn

Patrick is part of BioteQ's Technology Development management committee, contributing to the company’s technology innovation and new market development. In his role, Patrick is involved in the commercialization of BioteQ's Sulf-IX™ technology for sulphate removal, is co-inventor of the Selen-IX™ technology for selenium removal and takes an active role in flowsheet development for integrated water treatment processes. While completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering, Patrick was the recipient of the 2012 Trailblazer Research Commercialization award for his work involving ion exchange scavenging of nickel from laterite tailings.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held 1 - 3 December, from 8:00am to 11:00am PST/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:

Session 1: 1 December 2015, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Introduction
  • The Basics
  • 2012 - 2014 Failures
  • Mount Polley Findings & Recommendations
  • Advances in Tailings Preparation and Transport
Session 2: 2 December 2015, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Best Available Tailings Technologies
  • Best Tailings Management Systems
  • Risk Assessment and Decision Making
  • Geosynthetics in Tailings Management
  • Discussion of 2015 Selected Papers
Session 3: 3 December 2015, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Enhanced Tailings Water Management
  • New Closure Approaches
  • Future Challenges & Opportunities

How to Register

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

To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact EduMine: +1 604 683 2037 or edumine-support@infomine.com and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

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. 229 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 3 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 ten 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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It's easy and our webcast saves on fees, travel and time! You will be able to ask questions and have live discussions during the webcast just as if you were there in person. At the time of the webcast, you connect to the internet, call in to a toll/toll-free number to hear and talk through the telephone or simply listen and speak over your headset/PC speakers using Voice over IP (VoIP). You see the presentation as well as the instructor on your computer screen.

System Requirements

To attend this webcast, you will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection (DSL or cable). You will also need a phone line or integrated microphone in your PC or a headset. For your comfort, it is recommended that you use a speaker phone or headset to connect to the webcast. Our system will support both PC and Apple computers using Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Accessing the Webcast

One day prior to the webcast, you will be emailed a link for the webcast. About 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time, simply go to the website provided in the email. You should be able to simply click on the link in the email; however, some email programs may require that you copy the address and paste it into your browser's address bar. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and you will need to enter the password that was sent to you in the email. Once you have logged in, a screen will pop up with the Voice over IP option or a toll/toll-free telephone number to call. Of course, our team is available to help if you have any questions about accessing the webcast: +1 604 683 2037 ext. 229.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Short courses earn PDH/CEU credits for engineers in provinces and states that have CPD requirements. EduMine is an approved provider of continuing education by the Authorized Provider Commission of The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

For more details, check provincial or state requirements.

Certificate of Attendance

Provincial/state regulations for CPD require that you attend the entire webcast and that you complete an evaluation at the end of the course. Your Certificate of Attendance, with earned PDH, is issued on completion.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting the webcast registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


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If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the webcast, EduMine will refund the cost of the webcast.

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