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Workshop in Mining Geomechanical Risk: Paste & Tailings Stream

12 April 2019 | Boardroom | Novotel Perth Langley Hotel, Perth, Western Australia

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08:30Welcome and introduction Professor Andy Fourie, The University of Western Australia
08:45Overview of methods of construction and operation of tailings storage facilities Andy Fourie
09:00Failure statistics and consequences Andy Fourie
09:30Modes of failure Andy Fourie
10:15Morning Break
10:45Governance and risk management Dr Bruce Brown, Bruce Brown Consulting Pty Ltd
11:15Role of the Engineer of Record Johan Boshoff, Golder Associates Pty Ltd
11:45Planning for the full life-cycle of a tailings storage facility Brett Stephens, Klohn Crippen Berger
13:45Risk-based approach embodied in ANCOLD Guidelines Andy Fourie
14:00Governance and risk Brett Stephens
14:45Failures and legislation Norm Himsley, Dam Safety Management Consultant
15:15Afternoon Break
15:45Monitoring and testing strategies Andy Fourie
16:15Panel discussion: BAT and BAP
17:00Workshop Close
Programme is subject to change


Workshop Facilitator:

Professor Andy Fourie – Paste and Tailings Stream Facilitator
Professor of Civil Environmental & Mining
The University of Western Australia

Andy Fourie is a Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a PhD from Imperial College, University of London. He has worked at the University of Queensland, the University of Witwatersrand and has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated in changes to environmental legislation in South Africa. He has recently contributed to a series of Guidelines for managing mine tailings in Australia, as well as developing a document for the International Atomic Energy Association on barrier systems for retaining uranium mining waste.

Presenters include:

Johan Boshoff

Principal Tailings Engineer
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

Johan Boshoff has been involved in geotechnical engineering aspects of projects for the past 24 years.  His expertise includes detailed design, monitoring and project management of tailings storage facilities, mine residue stockpiles and waste rock dumps. Johan lead projects related to mine waste management from scoping through to implementation. Projects would include conventional and thickened tailings storage schemes, integrated landforms and waste rock dumps. Johan has worked on projects in South Africa, West and Central Africa, Australasia, Asia and Latin America. Johan is also the primary and supporting author of numerous publications, conference and work papers dealing with tailings engineering aspects and mine waste.


Dr Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown Consulting Pty Ltd

Presentation: “Application of good governance to manage mine waste risks”

Bruce has 43 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and mine waste management. His career has comprised 25 years as a principal of the international consulting group, Knight Piésold Consulting and 13 years as the Chief Adviser, Tailings and Dams for Rio Tinto, Technology and Innovation. In this time he has been responsible for the design, construction, operation and closure of numerous tailings storage facilities in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. His experience ranges from the cold regions of Alaska and Northern Canada to the mountainous regions of South America and tropical, monsoonal countries. With Rio Tinto, he has been focussed on risk management, technical reviews and development of standards for effective mine waste management. He was an author of the ANCOLD Guidelines on Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure of Tailings Dams and the Federal EPA Tailings Containment module of the Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining.
Dr Brown is now in private practice and offers services to the mining and consulting communities for peer and independent technical and strategic reviews, audits for operations and construction quality assurance, risk assessments, conceptual design and value engineering.


Norman Himsley

Dam Safety Management Consultant

Norm has over forty-five years’ experience in the planning, investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of major engineering structures and infrastructure including buildings, dams (water and tailings), roads, bridges, power stations and water and sewage distribution and treatment. For the past nine years he has specialised as a dam’s consultant working on dams in the water and mining industries throughout the world mentoring dam consultant engineers, peer reviewing design, surveillance and investigation work. In tandem, he is also one of the two independent expert members of the NSW Dams Safety Committee (DSC) charged with setting and auditing the safety standards of the 400 prescribed dams in NSW to protect the community from dam failures. He has also been involved in, or chaired, several working groups in the preparation of ANCOLD Guidelines on various dam management subjects and was Chair of the ANCOLD Professional Development Working Group.


Brett Stephens

Principal, Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Klohn Crippen Berger

Brett is a principal with Klohn Crippen Berger and has 30 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and mining waste management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Queensland, Canada and the United States of America. His experience includes planning, dam safety audits, design, construction, monitoring, and surveillance and operation of tailings and mine waste structures. Brett has worked on mining and resource projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, North America and Africa. Prior to returning to Australia in 2017, he spent 14 years in Canada working on projects in the oil sands and other mining projects in Canada and the United States of America.