This introductory course is intended for anybody involved in mining who has to manage, review, pay for, design, construct, operate, or close a geotechnical structure at a mine. Included in the mining-related geotechnical structures you will study in this course are the obvious: tailings impoundments, waste rock dumps, and heap leach pads. Once you have finished this course you will know enough to deal with anything on the mine that is made of soil, rock, and those modern materials called geosynthetics.
This course is not intended to make you into a geotechnical engineering specialist. It will introduce you to and provide you with plenty of practical information and knowledge about those aspects of geotechnical engineering that occur at every mine. This includes geotechnical characterization of a site, soil characterization and properties, the design of geotechnical structures, and the construction, operation, and closure of mining facilities made or consisting of soil, rock, and geosynthetics.
The following primary aspects of geotechnical engineering are covered for each of the major geowaste structures at a mine:
- Site Exploration
- Soil Characterization
- Soil Performance
- Design and Construction
- Operation of Mine Geowaste Facilities
- Closure of Mine Geowaste Facilities
- Summary of Geotechnical Factors
The course includes numerous case studies from the author's extensive experience.
This course comprises 37 viewing sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, case studies and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 22 hours.