• Audience Level: Professional 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


Water management is one of the key issues facing many mines in the 21st century. In response to requests by participants in previous webcasts on mine water management, we now present two closely related webcasts on the topic:

This course, Advanced Topics in Mine Water Management, deals with current and future challenges and solutions to the most pressing issues associated with managing mine waters at mines worldwide. The course will consider all aspects of mine water management in places that are dry, wet, hot, or cold. We will focus on analyzing, modeling, and effectively dealing with surface water and groundwater issues at mines worldwide where the waters have to be controlled in order to ensure cost-effective, safe, and environmentally-friendly mining. We will review the advanced theories of mine water management, explore best practices, present case histories of successful mine water management, and consider both surface water and groundwater analysis and modeling.

The course will benefit those new to as well as those experienced in mine water management. Those new to mining or entering the field will be exposed to current thinking and practices and the solutions that those working in the field, managing mine waters, are now discussing, evaluating, and implementing. Those already experienced or working in the field will have a chance to brush up their knowledge, learn what others in the field are doing, and be able to consider and review current best mine water management practices worldwide.

This webcast draws on and expands on the Edumine series of courses on mine water management. In addition, the course will draw on those parts of the Edumine courses on tailings facilities, heap leach pads, and mine closure that deal with surface water and groundwater issues associated with mine waste disposal facilities.

We invite participants to tell us, in advance, which topics are of the greatest interest to them, so that we may strive to tailor the presentations to the specific interests of the webcast participants.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of three introductory courses titled Tailings Facility Design, Operation, and Closure, Mine Closure: The Basics of Success and Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining.

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.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at all who are charged with managing one or more aspects of water at a mine: consultants, mine operators, regulators, and others. The course will also be of benefit and interest to geologists; groundwater modelers; geochemists; civil or geotechnical engineers; hydrogeologic specialists; and mining professional, engineering, or technical specialists.

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.

Christoph Wels

Dr. Christoph Wels is vice president of Robertson GeoConsultants Inc., with head office in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Wels has a M.Sc. in Watershed Hydrology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology and over 20 years of experience in consulting to the mining industry worldwide.

Dr. Wels' main areas of expertise include groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling for mine sites, design and implementation of seepage and contaminant control strategies and assessment of mine closure options. Dr. Wels also serves as a third-party reviewer of hydrogeological studies completed for mine water management and/or mine permitting on behalf of government agencies, mining companies and other consulting firms. Over the years he has completed and/or reviewed over 100 hydrogeological projects in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

Dr. Wels has written over 30 technical papers on seepage and groundwater movement, contaminant transport, cover design and mine closure planning and was the lead author for the BC MoE Groundwater Modeling Guidelines for the Mining Industry which are available at this link.

Paul Ferguson

Dr. Paul Ferguson has a B.Sc. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry with 7 years of professional experience in academic research and consulting. He has published several scientific papers in the areas of aqueous and isotope geochemistry and presented at numerous international conferences. Dr. Ferguson is the Senior Geochemist at Robertson GeoConsultants Inc. and specializes in evaluating the impact of mining on local groundwater resources. He joined Robertson GeoConsultants in 2008 and has been a consultant to the mining and environmental industry in the areas of:

- contaminant plume characterization & remediation for open pit & underground mines & contaminated sites;

- hydrogeology & contaminant load balances

- project management

Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth has 20 years of design and construction experience in hard rock mine reclamation and stormwater controls.

The biggest regret that mine owners and operators have is that they wish they had done things differently before they got to closure. Daniel has spent the last decade successfully reclaiming 2,600 acres of tailing impoundments and waste rock stockpiles in New Mexico. He now utilizes these lessons learned towards concurrent reclamation and stormwater planning for green field mine projects.

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.

Kenneth Myers

Mr. Myers has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology). He has over 38 years of experience in geotechnical and geological engineering. His experience in the mining industry includes mine facility design for tailings dams, clear water storage reservoirs, heap leach pad and pond systems, waste rock storage facilities, open pit slope design, seepage collection and treatment facilities, surface water diversions, mill and other mine structure foundations, and haul road/access roads. Mr. Myers has also served as the engineer of record for the design of numerous mine closure and reclamation projects including the dewatering and capping of tailings dams, regrading and capping of waste rock storage facilities and heap leach pads including geomorphic based design, regrading to minimize visual impacts, design of vegetative covers, acid rock drainage treatment systems, land application systems, self maintaining diversion systems, and full stream restoration. Mr. Myers' experience in general civil and geotechnical engineering includes landslide analysis and mitigation, earth and rockfill dam design, dam breach analyses and inundation mapping, sediment transport analysis, surface water hydrology and flood analysis, channel design, stream restoration design, remote sensing/multispectral satellite image analysis, slope stability analysis and design, geologic hazard mapping and analysis, and foundation design.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held from 8:00am to 11:00am PST/Vancouver, Canada time.

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1: 12 November 2013, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Introduction
  • Managing Mine Water Risk
  • Tailings Water Management Solutions
  • Mine Water Treatment
Session 2: 13 November 2013, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Groundwater Management: Theory and Practice
  • Mine Water Balances
  • Mine Closure Water Management: Case History 1
Session 3: 14November 2013, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Geochemical Issues in Mine Water Management
  • Mine Closure Water Management: Case History 2
  • Heap Leach Mine Water Management

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 full fee for the three sessions of this webcast, including access to electronic course notes, Edumine e-learning and a certificate of attendance is CAD 510.00.

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.

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. 259.

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 refund the delegate's payment less a 10% administration fee.

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 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.