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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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Tailings Risk Webcast Demonstrates the Global Reach of Webcast Training

The recent live webcast Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Mine Geowaste Facility Management had four presenters from three different countries and 22 delegates from 11 countries. It demonstrated the power of the Internet to disseminate specialist mining knowledge to even the remotest mining community. The course examined recent findings from the Mount Polley tailings facility failure, and outlined the risk assessment methods that can be used to prevent future tailings disasters. Practical techniques for the management of mine geowaste facilities using risk assessment methods

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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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Upcoming Webcast: Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste

There’s still time to register for the upcoming webcast, Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. This webcast draws on 2013 and 2014 publications and conferences to address the production, transport, distribution, and management of tailings…

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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – April 2014

“It is not possible to permit, operate or close a mine in the 21st century unless it exhibits ability and commitment to practice responsible tailings management.” Are you responsible for tailings management and/or tailings design? Are you a regulator involved in tailings issues? Do you want to gain in-depth appreciation of design, construction, operation, and closure of large and complex tailings facilities at mines in difficult and challenging environments? Then our introductory and/or advanced webcast should be of interest to you…

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Upcoming Live Webcasts on Tailings

Next month, we will be holding two popular webcasts on the topic of tailings management and facilities: Tailings Management 101 and Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. The webcasts are a great complementary pair…

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Live Webcast – Tailings Management 101

This April, Kimberly Morrison (Morrison Geotechnical Solutions Inc.) and Todd Martin (BGC Engineering Inc.) will explore the concept of responsible tailings management as it pertains to the life cycle of a mine in their webcast, Tailings Management 101. Current trends in best practices in tailings management as embraced by leaders in the industry will be discussed, as will examples for preferred “environmentally friendly” solutions that also meet the technical and economical requirements for viable mining. This course is perfect for those responsible for the management,

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Advanced Topics in Mine Water Management

Water management is one of the key issues facing many mines in the 21st century. This webcast is presented by a panel of experts, who will build on basics of mine water management and delve into the current and future challenges and solutions associated with managing mine waters at mines worldwide in places that are dry, wet, hot, or cold. The course explores how to analyze, model, and effectively deal with surface water and groundwater issues in order to ensure cost-effective, safe, and environmentally-friendly mining.

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New Translation: Diseño, operación y cierre de tranques de relaves

EduMine is pleased to announce the launch of Diseño, operación y cierre de tranques de relaves, a Spanish translation of Jack Caldwell’s online course, Tailings Facility Design, Operation, and Closure. Tailings are the waste product that results from mining, crushing, grinding, and chemically treating ore. This course uses case histories to illustrate tailings as part of the mining process, tailings types and characteristics, tailings facility types and components, and tailings facility design, performance, construction, operation, and closure. This translation is perfect for Spanish learners involved

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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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