Tailings Facility Failures: Causes and Consequences

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will have an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of tailings facility failures. Specifics about tailings management approaches will also be highlighted for operational application.

Program

Day 1

07.30 - 08.30

Registration

08:30 - 09:00

Introduction and objectives of the course

Andy Fourie

Dirk van Zyl

09:00 - 9:30

Statistics of failures of tailings dams around the world and the impact of these failures

Andy Fourie

 

9:30 – 10:30

The concept of consequence category: developing a risk-based tailings management approach

Andy Fourie

 

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break AM

 

11:00 - 11:30

Potential modes of failure

Dirk van Zyl

11:30-12:30

Case Study 1: Stava tailings dam

Andy Fourie

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Case Study 2: Main Chilean Cases

(i) Tranque de Cobre 1965, (ii) Case 2010

Sergio Barrera

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break PM

15:30 - 17:00

Case Study 3: Mount Polley tailings dam

Dirk van Zyl

Day 2

08.00 - 08.30

Review of Day 1

Andy Fourie

Dirk van Zyl

08:30 - 10:00

Case Study 4: Merriespruit tailings dam

Andy Fourie

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break AM

 

10:30-11:00

Implementation of risk-based approach; learnings from case studies

 

11:00 - 12:30

Case Study 5: Los Frailes (Aznalcollar) tailings dam

Dirk van Zyl

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Review of other Failures including Bafokeng, Pinto Valley, other Chilean examples

Lecture Team

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break PM

15:30 - 17:00

Panel Discussions

Lecture Team

17:00 - 17:15

Final comments, course/instructor evaluation and diploma distribution

 

Who should attend

Personnel involved in decision making relating to tailings and waste rock management. This includes owners, operators, supervisors and regulatory authorities and should be of particular interest to designers of tailings and waste rock storage facilities.

Instructors

  • Dr. Dirk van Zyl

    Dr. Dirk van Zyl is the Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Qualifications: B.Sc., Civil En ...
  • Dr. Andy Fourie

    Dr. Andy Fourie is a Winthrop Professor and Head of the School of Civil & Resource Engineering at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Qualifications: BSc(Eng) and MSc(Eng), both from ...

 

Register Here Download Program August 18-19, 2015
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Santiago

Instructors

Dirk van Zyl and Andy Fourie
Language InglésEnglish with simultaneous translation to Spanish

Rates

Early Bird Registration
USD 590 / CLP 328.000
Early Bird Registration until June 19, 2015
General
USD 730 / CLP 410.000

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