Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining

Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

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This course is intended for those who have to model groundwater conditions at mines, as well as those who have to review and approve groundwater models. It is also intended for all who may have to make decisions about mines on issues that are controlled or affected by groundwater and the modeling of mine groundwater conditions.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 11 hours

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  • 22 days
  • CEUs:
  • 1.1 (11 PDHs)

Course Summary

Introduction

This course is intended for those who have to model groundwater conditions at mines, as well as those who have to review and approve groundwater models. It is also intended for all who may have to make decisions about mines on issues that are controlled or affected by groundwater and the modeling of mine groundwater conditions. Finally, the course is intended for all who may be interested in or affected by groundwater at mines worldwide.

These are the primary topics of this course.

  • Mine groundwater conceptual models
  • Setting up a mine-related groundwater model
  • Calibrating the conceptual model
  • Making predictions about future groundwater conditions during and after mining
  • Open pits and groundwater
  • Underground mines and groundwater
  • Tailings, waste rock, and leach pad facilities and groundwater
  • Mines, groundwater, and environmental impact
Groundwater modeling examples in this course are provided by .

Course Content

The course comprises 16 learning sessions, each of 30 to 60 minutes duration, plus supporting examples, figures, tables and references, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 11 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the basic principles of groundwater modeling.
  • Recognize how to select and formulate a groundwater model to simulate real mining conditions.
  • Evaluate the results of groundwater modeling in the context of real mining conditions.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in engineering, geology, geotechnics or equivalent.
  • A basic understanding of the fundamentals of mining and the nature, purpose, and function of mine facilities.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of groundwater flow in soils and rocks.

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.

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.