In this course, we focus on groundwater theory and practice applicable to mines and the specifics of open pits, shafts, underground mine workings, heap leach pads, waste rock dumps, and tailings impoundments. We discuss, for each of these facilities, the principles of groundwater and facility design & operation that apply and must be implemented to control and protect groundwater and surface water.
This course is one of a series of related courses, some of which are still in development, including ...
- Groundwater in Mining
- Surface Water Management at Mines
- Mine Water Balance Analysis
This is the aim, objective, and central message of this course: understand the physical world that is your mine; understand the theoretical principles that govern processes at your mine; do every calculation you can to elucidate and illuminate the interaction of your mine and its environment; and finally act as a professional ... act responsibly on the basis of informed judgment.
Accordingly, in this course, we examine the basic principles of groundwater flow in soils and rocks; we discuss the principles of groundwater flow to typical mine facilities, including open pits, underground mine workings, and the waste disposal facilities such as the tailings impoundment, the waste rock dump, and the heap leach pad; we evaluate how groundwater flow may influence the cost and safety of such mine workings; and we consider practical engineering methods to control groundwater flow to make mining safer, more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly.
The course comprises 18 viewing sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, worked examples and references, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 14 hours.