Groundwater Modelling for Mining

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: CAD 1440.00 Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: CAD 1600.00 Tool Tip
  • Location: Lima, Peru Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary

This course will be presented in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. For Spanish web pages for this course click here Spanish.

This course is one of a series of six Professional Development in Mining courses to be held in Lima between May 27 and June 1. Other courses in the series include the following.

These courses are presented by EduMine in collaboration with PUCP and made possible by the support of Compañía Minera Antamina S.A..

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) Antamina

Summary

The management of groundwater on mine sites has become of greater importance in recent years. Proper management is particularly important from the aspect of environmental concerns as well as its impact on slope stability and dewatering of open pits. Extending the life of existing mines is causing the need for open pits to be deeper and tailings storage facilities to be larger. This short course covers the aspects of groundwater modeling as related to problems encountered typically at mine sites.

Significant advances have been made in the application of numerical models to practical problems in geotechnical engineering. The mining area is a particular area in which numerical modeling can be challenging. Complex 3D geometries are often associated with the numerical modeling of tailings ponds, earth dams and other earth structures.

The first day of the course will start with a basic overview / refresher of groundwater seepage flow theory. The fundamentals of setting up a seepage model as well as the common issues related to 2D / 3D seepage modeling will be covered. Model setup related to typical scenarios encountered at a mine site will be covered as both 2D and 3D numerical models. Methods of representing 3D geometry for 3D modeling will be covered.

The second day will focus on unsaturated groundwater seepage, coupled climatic analysis, and large-strain consolidation analysis. The basics of performing an unsaturated analysis as well as methods for determining unsaturated soil properties will be covered. A particular focus will be the 1-D analysis of earth cover designs for the remediation of waste rock and mine tailings structures. New methodologies for analyzing large-strain consolidation of mine tailings in 1D/2D/3D will also be covered.

The applications of automatic mesh refinement techniques to practical problems in order to improve convergence and improve the accuracy of calculations will be discussed.

This course intends to provide the user with an overview of the practical applications of probabilistic principles in groundwater modeling of complex earth structures. Attendees will be provided with complimentary trial versions of the SVOffice – SVFlux groundwater software such that they can follow along during software demonstrations.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses in English, titled Groundwater in Mining and Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days 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 and University of Arizona. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course 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 will be of benefit and interest to geologists; groundwater modelers; geochemists; civil or geotechnical engineers; hydraulic specialists; and mining professional, engineering, or technical specialists.

Dr. Murray Fredlund

Dr. Fredlund received his training from the University of Saskatchewan and Texas A&M University and has published over 40 research papers on topics related to database design, finite element modeling, and unsaturated soil knowledge-based systems. Research performed during the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs was related to the application of unsaturated soils to engineering practice and included the specific topics of mathematics of unsaturated soil property functions, estimation of unsaturated soil behavior, and constitutive relations of coupled seepage and stress/deformation for numerical modeling. In 1997 he started SoilVision Systems Ltd. with a database software product called SoilVision which could be used to estimate unsaturated soil behavior. He has since directed the development of six other finite element software packages covering areas of groundwater flow, contaminant transport, geothermal analysis, air-flow analysis, stress / deformation, and slope stability. The software products of SoilVision Systems Ltd. are used in over 50 countries by consultants, universities, government agencies and multinational corporations. He is an active member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and SoilVision Systems Ltd. developed and maintained their website for a number of years.

As a company, SoilVision Systems Ltd. has been a leader in the research of numerical methods and software in its application to the area of geotechnical engineering. Previous research in the company has been performed in the areas of swelling of unsaturated soils, heap leach unsaturated flow, cover design, and coupling of flow, thermal, air, and contaminant transport processes.

More recent work has involved supervising the development of the state-of-the-art SVSlope 2D/3D slope stability software as well as being a principle investigator in charge of numerical modeling for the Questa Weathering Study which examined the long-term stability of waste rock piles in the mining industry. His work continues in the areas of i) unsaturated heap leach flow, ii) uranium and oil-sand large-strain tailings consolidation, and iii) applications of 3D slope stability. He continues to be active in the presentation of short courses around the world as well as training on the use of geotechnical software.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00AM to 5:30PM on both days, with a lunch break from 12:30PM to 1:30PM and 30 minute coffee breaks in mid-morning (10:30-11:00AM) and mid-afternoon (3:00-3:30PM).

The course includes the following topics:

Day 1

The first day of the course will start with a basic overview / refresher of groundwater seepage flow theory. The fundamentals of setting up a seepage model as well as the common issues related to 2D / 3D seepage modeling will be covered. Model setup related to typical scenarios encountered at a mine site will be covered as both 2D and 3D numerical models. Methods of representing 3D geometry for 3D modeling will be covered. Specific topics covered the first day will be:

  • Basic seepage theory overview
  • Modeling techniques
  • Seepage modeling basics
  • Typical 2D seepage models (earth dam, tailings, etc.)
  • Flow through tailings
  • 3D seepage modeling (open pit, tailings facility, waste rock)

Day 2

The second day will focus on unsaturated groundwater seepage, coupled climatic analysis, and large-strain consolidation analysis. The basics of performing an unsaturated analysis as well as methods for determining unsaturated soil properties will be covered. A particular focus will be the 1-D analysis of earth cover designs for the remediation of waste rock and mine tailings structures. New methodologies for analyzing large-strain consolidation of mine tailings in 1D/2D/3D will also be covered. Topics covered the second day will include:

  • Unsaturated vs. Saturated Flow
  • Unsaturated soil property estimation
  • Cover design - 1D coupled climatic flow
  • Consolidation modeling of tailings

How to Register

Complete and return the registration form by fax: 604 681 4166 or email: edumine-support@infomine.com.

If you have any questions you can contact Sandra Wunsch by phone at +1 604 683 2037 or send an email to edumine-support@infomine.com.

Fees

The full fee for the two day program is USD 1,600 + 18% tax. The fee covers the lecture in English with simultaneous Spanish translation, a comprehensive set of course notes, access to pre-course e-learning, a certificate of attendance, and buffet lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register and submit payment at least 30 days before the course start date.

Venue

The course will be held at Hotel Novotel Lima. Detailed arrival instructions, including a map, will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the Hotel Novotel Lima. Strategically located in San Isidro, adjacent to the city's largest business district, the hotel offers a complete package of accommodation, food and drink, events and entertainment. For more details, see the Hotel Novotel Lima website.

For further information about hotels in Lima, see www.booking.com.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.

Cancellations

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the start of the course. Cancellations thereafter will be liable to the loss of the full fee. Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter or fax and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

EduMine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course at short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations for the cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation reservations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. EduMine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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