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

Course Summary


The Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility lecture will cover recent advances in tailings facility design, construction, operation, and closure. This 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.

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

Jack Caldwell will present 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. Patrick Littlejohn from BioteQ will speak to current and advanced water treatment technologies for tailings management.

The webcast will draw on various technical papers published in 2015. Specifically, this course includes discussions on the best technical papers that will be presented at the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference. This webcast gives attendees an opportunity to consider new and innovative practices in tailings and mine waste management.

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 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.

Colleen Crystal

Ms. Colleen Crystal is a licensed professional geotechnical engineer with over 17 years of experience in managing and completing a wide range of geotechnical investigation, design and construction projects in both the private and public sectors. She is currently Senior Engineer for SLR International Corporation, United States.

Her project experience has included commercial high-rise developments, landfills, transportation, infrastructure, port facilities, public schools, and essential service buildings, above grade petroleum storage tanks, dams and reservoirs, as well as large earthworks projects and mine tailings impoundments, for which she has led site characterization, permitting, geotechnical and earthquake engineering and design and construction support services. She has significant experience in static/seismic slope stability analyses for native and compacted fill slopes, geosynthetic reinforced slopes, and landfill slopes; and dewatering modeling and analyses. Her grading experience includes landfill cover and liner designs, and surface water control structures design.

Ms. Crystal has managed and executed a variety of geotechnical and geologic field explorations geotechnical laboratory characterization and testing programs for mine tailings waste management facilities. She has further provided analyses and reporting for tailings facility and mine infrastructure and civil related earthworks projects.

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.

Franco Oboni

After two decades of intense geotechnical and contracting experience, above and underground, Franco slowly but surely pivoted towards risk engineering, an arena in which he has been internationally active for over two decades. Franco manages a broad range of risk and crisis mitigation projects for major mining companies all over the world. Projects include negotiations with community leaders, Quantitative Risk Assessments, Optimum Risk Estimates (ORE ©Riskope, 2010–present) and third party reviews. Franco has over fifty published papers and is co-author of the 2007 book entitled: “Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management”. Franco delivers customized seminars world-wide and was co-recipient of the Italian Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada West) 2010 Innovation Award. His clients include international mining companies, UNDP, Fortune 500, World Bank, railroads, highways, harbors, luxury and food suppliers, military and numerous communities, regional and provincial governments.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held 1 - 3 December, from 8:00am to 11:00am PST/Vancouver, Canada time each day.

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

  • Best Management Practices
  • Filtered Tailings
  • Risk Assessment and Decision Making
  • Risk Assessment and Decision Making
  • Chilean Tailings Management
  • Tailings Stewardship
  • Covers
Session 3: 3 December 2015, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Enhanced Tailings Water Management
  • Geosynthetics in Tailings Facilities
  • 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.

How Webcasts Work

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.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

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.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation prior to the webcast but within 9 business days of the first day of the webcast, EduMine will apply the delegate’s payment less a 10% administration fee towards an EduMine webcast or short course held within one year of the date of cancellation.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation after the webcast has started, or misses all or a portion of the webcast without notice, no refund or credit will be granted.

EduMine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. EduMine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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