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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  • Audience Level: Professional | Technical Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
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  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
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  • Location: Live Webcast Tool Tip
  • Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This webcast will cover recent advances in tailings facility design, construction, operation, and closure. The course is intended to provide anyone responsible for the hands-on management of tailings facilities, with a detailed update on the latest research, practices, and successes in mine tailings management.

Specifically the course will include presentations and discussions about the following recent tailings events and related documents:

  • The four British Columbia government reports on the Mount Polley tailings facility failure.
  • Current findings on the causes of the failure of the Samarco tailings facility in Brazil.
  • The best technical paper of 2016 on tailings, specifically the Tailings and Mine Waste 2016 conference that preceeds the webcast.
  • Case histories and practice in the application of risk assessment in the design, operation, and closure of tailings facilities.

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

This webcast gives attendees an opportunity to consider new and innovative practices in tailings and mine waste management as such practices have been developed or applied in the past year.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Christian Kujawa

Christian has more than twenty-seven years of experience in extraction of metals, of which eight years had been in operations and the remainder in technical sales/support and consultancy. As such Christian has had hands-on involvement and management of most unit operations. In mineral processing the experience ranges from crushing, milling, gold metallurgy, flotation to tailings management, including backfill preparation, thickening, filtration and tailings deposition. During his time in operations Christian was repeatedly selected to be integrally involved in plant upgrades and expansions and later during the time of technical support and consultancy taking projects through the full cycle of design, implementation and commissioning. He is currently responsible for mineral processing within Paterson & Cooke's North American practice based in Denver, Colorado.

Patrick Littlejohn

Patrick is part of BQE Water’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 BQE Water’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 8 - 10 November, 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: 8 November 2016, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Introduction
  • The Basics
  • 2015/2016 Failures & Successes
  • Risk Assessment and Decision Making
  • Advances in Tailings Preparation and Transport
Session 2: 9 November 2016, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • How to Avoid Failures
  • Best Practices
  • Filtered Tailings
  • Geosynthetics in Tailings Management
  • Discussion of 2016 Selected Papers
Session 3: 10 November 2016, 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 [email protected] 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. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

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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