Tailings Management 101

Tailings Management 101

AREAS OF STUDY: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Audience Level: Professional | Technical | New to Mining 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 3.5 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


It is not possible to permit, operate or close a mine in the 21st century unless it exhibits ability and commitment to practice responsible tailings management. This live webcast will review the concepts of what responsible tailings management is as it pertains to the life cycle of a mine, i.e. planning, design, operation, and closure. The webcast, by use of examples from around the world, will emphasize current trends in best practices in tailings management embraced by leaders in the industry. The webcast includes a review of the current trend in dewatered tailings options (paste, filtered etc.), where/when they are viable options, and the pitfalls to avoid in their adoption.  The webcast will also include examples for preferred “environmentally friendly” solutions that also meet the technical and economical requirements for viable mining. Solutions that can be adopted and their mutual benefits to both the mining operations and the environment will be noted using case histories to illustrate key points.   Finally, risk management and closure planning will be described in terms of how a pragmatic approach to both is entirely consistent with responsible tailings management.

Students interested in a more advanced approach to tailings management should also consider registering for Advanced Tailings Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure, to be held 2 weeks after 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, 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?

Mining company representatives responsible for tailings management, tailings designers, regulators involved in tailings issues, and students interested in the subject.

Todd Martin, P.Eng, P.Geo

Todd Martin is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with 25 years of experience focused on geotechnical aspects of mining projects, earth and rockfill embankment dams, and soft ground engineering. He has specialized international experience in site investigation, construction monitoring, instrumentation and performance monitoring, and geotechnical analysis and design for mine tailings and embankment dams, having worked on over 80 such projects over the past 24 years. He has experience in most tailings handling and disposal technologies from conventional slurry impoundments to thickened tailings operations to dry stacking of filtered tailings. He has carried out dam safety reviews of tailings and embankment dams worldwide and has given invited lectures on dam safety in several countries. He has authored or co-authored 26 papers mostly pertaining to mine waste management topics.

Kimberly Morrison, P.E., R.G.

Ms. Morrison is the President of Morrison Solutions Inc. She has 20 years of consulting experience on a variety of geotechnical, civil, environmental and construction projects, specializing in the geotechnical and environmental design of mine waste facilities for clients worldwide.

Ms. Morrison is highly experienced in the design of heap leach facilities and tailings storage facilities. She has developed or reviewed the designs of more than 20 heap leach facilities (HLFs) totaling more than 300 million square feet of liner on 5 continents and more than 20 tailings storage facilities (TSFs) totaling more than 2.8 billion tons of combined storage capacity on 6 continents. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 technical papers, with a focus on mining geotechnics.

Ms. Morrison is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Minnesota, and a Registered Geologist in Missouri. She has a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), and a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geosystems) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is on the Board of Directors of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), and is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the organization as well as the Chair of the Tailings Engineer of Record Task Force.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held from 8:00am to 11:30am PDT/Vancouver, Canada time.

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This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1 - Overview of Tailings Management and Facility Design: 14 April 2014, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time

  • What is responsible tailings management?
  • Nature of tailings and introduction to the tailings continuum
  • Conventional tailings management and containment structures
  • Dewatered tailings management
  • Other tailings management options
Session 2 - Design, Construction and Operations: 15 April 2014, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Design parameters and required operating data, environmental compliance
  • Site selection studies
  • Sizing and layout of tailings facilities
  • Regulations and standards
  • Coherence of design, construction and operation
  • Operations management (OMS manuals)
  • Tailings testing for design
Session 3 - Risk Management and Closure Planning: 16 April 2014, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Liner system design
  • Filters and drains
  • Closure planning - planning for perpetuity
  • Closure landform design

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, Pre-Course 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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System Requirements

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Accessing the Webcast

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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.

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