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Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

Mount Polley and Samarco: What Can We Do to Reduce the Chances of Another Tailings Disaster?

It has been two years since Mount Polley and nearly a year since Samarco. It has become apparent that Mount Polley had both design and management issues, while the jury is still out on the causes of failure at Samarco. So what has the industry done so far to reduce the chances of another tailings disaster? Recommendations regarding better site investigation procedures, and stricter adherence to tailings management procedures are obvious steps in the right direction. A more significant move in the right direction might

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New Online Course – Tailings Management by Robert C. Lo

The consequences of tailings storage facility failure are significant, and there have been several failures in recent years. It is the responsibility of anyone involved in the design, construction, operation or closure of a tailings facility to be fully cognisant of every aspect of tailings management. Robert C. Lo’s new online course, Tailings Management, takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of tailings management–from tailings generation and storage facility design through operation to closure and decommissioning. For more info, see the course page.

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Advanced Tailings Webcast: Still Time to Register!

EduMine is pleased to present the upcoming webcast, Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. Presenters Jack Caldwell and Ian Hutchison, along with guest presenters Bernard Brixel, and Lawrence Charlebois, will explore mine surface water; mine groundwater; geotechnical principles in mine water balances; and the management and closure of mine tailings, waste rock, and heap leach facilities. The course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of mine waste management: from objectives and approaches to simple equations, principles and practice, and case

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Upcoming Webcast: Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure

EduMine is pleased to present the upcoming webcast Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. Presenters Jack Caldwell and Ian Hutchison, along with guest presenters Bernard Brixel, Lawrence Charlebois, and Robert Cooke, will explore mine surface water; mine groundwater; geotechnical principles in mine water balances; and the management and closure of mine tailings, waste rock, and heap leach facilities. The course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of mine waste management: from objectives and approaches to simple equations, principles and practice,

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New Online Course: Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining

EduMine is pleased to announce the launch of a new online course from Jack Caldwell and Bernard Brixel, Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining. This course illustrates the basic principles of groundwater modeling; how to select and formulate a groundwater model to simulate real mining conditions; and how to evaluate the results of groundwater modeling in the context of real mining conditions. For more information, visit the course introduction page.

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