Geosynthetics in Mining - Practice and Developments

Geosynthetics in Mining - Practice and Developments

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 course is for all who use geosynthetics in mining applications - estimated to be almost half the total geosynthetics market. The webcast follows after the InfoMine Conference, Geosynthetic Mining Solutions, that will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 8-11, 2014. All webcast participants will obtain a soft copy of the conference proceedings.

This webcast will:

  • Describe the many current and new geosynthetics materials that are used in mining applications
  • Discuss the use of geosynthetics in mine tailings facilities, heap leach pads, water retention ponds, and liners and covers
  • Evaluate the challenges of using geosynthetics in the harsh environments of mines
  • Describe current thinking and best practice for incorporating geosynthetics into mine waste disposal facilities that will have to last and perform in the post-closure long term
  • Cover new and advanced information and solutions for the application of geosynthetics in mining
  • Recap key learnings from pre-conference courses and workshops
  • Review and discuss the most important conference keynote addresses and papers.

Presenters include:

  • Jack Caldwell, a long time Edumine webcaster and online course author, with 35 years' engineering experience in mining, civil, geotechnical and site remediation projects; and
  • Tarik Hadj-Hamou, a consultant with over forty years' experience in civil and geotechnical engineering and risk analysis.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Geosynthetics in 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 ConcepciĆ³n. 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 for engineers, scientists, managers, and technical personnel: all who wish to go beyond the standard, normal, and ordinary when designing, constructing, and operating mine facilities; this includes making use of geomembranes, geotextiles, geogrids, and the many other new and innovative geosynthetics on the market.

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.

Tarik Hadj-Hamou

Dr. Tarik Hadj-Hamou is currently Principal, Manager Waste and Geotechnical Services for SLR International Corporation. Dr. Hadj-Hamou received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and joined Tulane University in New Orleans. There he and his colleague became involved with geosynthetics working on practical research projects with the New Orleans District of U.S. Corps of Engineers (USCOE), which was looking at ways to raise the earthen levees protecting existing or new communities along the Mississippi River. The work related to instrumentation and modeling of the performance of geosynthetics reinforced levees lead to the attribution by the Transportation Research Board of the 1990 K.B. Woods award for the paper "Field Test of a Geotextile Reinforced Levee."

Since then, Dr. Hadj-Hamou has accumulated 25 years of experience at over 50 projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas involving geosynthetics in engineering projects. Projects have included design; installation monitoring; performance evaluation; and forensic analyses for liner and cover systems, secondary containment, slopes and embankments, transportation projects, hydraulic structures, and other applications. He has developeded, designed, and monitored installation of geogrids, geotextile, geocomposite, geocomposite clay liners, geocells, and flexible geomembranes. He has worked with most types of flexible geomembrane, namely HDPE, LLDPE, PVC, and bituminous geomembranes.

Dr. Hadj-Hamou is author of numerous papers discussing the selection and use of geosynthetics in engineering applications.

Terry Mandziak

Terry Mandziak has more than 20 years of diversified professional experience in project management, coordination and project design mainly associated with geotechnical engineering for mining projects. His experience includes the design and construction of heap leach and tailings facilities. His responsibilities typically include site selection, risk assessment, site investigation, laboratory analysis, slope stability assessment, data interpretation, costing analysis, and development of specifications, construction drawings, bid documents and construction programs. His project experience has included conceptual through final design engineering, preparation of construction documents, subcontractor selection, and construction management and supervision. He has also managed multi-disciplinary engineering teams on international mining projects.

Provisional Schedule

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

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Geosynthetics in Mining
  • 2014 Selected Papers 1
  • Geosynthetics in Tailings Facilities
    • Liners
    • Covers
    • Slope Reinforcement
  • Case Histories 1
  • Geosynthetics in Heap Leach Pads
    • Liners
    • Drains
    • Solution Pond
  • 2014 Selected Papers 2
  • Case Histories 2
  • Durability
  • Risk Assessment of Geosynthetics Performance
  • Case Histories 3
  • 2014 Selected Papers 3
  • Things That Go Wrong
  • Future Challenges and Opportunities

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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, 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.

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Terms and Conditions

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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.

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