Tuesday, June 15


Led by industry experts and mining specialists, this year’s Mine Water Solutions conference offers the opportunity to participate in some innovative short-courses on a full-day and a half-day schedule. All short-courses will be held concurrently at the conference venue on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Short Courses are not included in your conference registration. You must register for Short Courses to attend. Availability is limited, and tickets issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellation may occur if minimum capacity is not reached.


Short Course 1: Building Dynamic, Probabilistic Simulation Models for Mine Water Management Using GoldSim

The primary goal of this Course is to provide an introduction to the use of probabilistic, dynamic simulation for mine water management. The key learning objectives are:

  1. An overview of the kinds of mine water management problems that can be addressed using dynamic, probabilistic simulation
  2. Explain the fundamental concepts associated with dynamic, probabilistic simulation
  3. Teach the basic concepts required to allow attendees to actually build some simple water balance models during the Course (using GoldSim)
  4. To discuss some of the most critical issues that need to be properly addressed when building realistic water management models

Instructor: Rick Kossik, President GoldSim Technology Group

Schedule: Full-day, 9:00 -5:00  (Lunch provided)

Short Course 2: Challenges and Best Practices for Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) Characterization in Mine Life Cycle Planning and Management

This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of ARD generation and delve deep into various ARD prediction test methods accepted as the current standards within the industry and by regulatory agencies. The key learning objectives are:

  1. Introduction to ARD characterization
  2. Sample selection
  3. ARD evaluation methods
  4. Application of ARD test data during engineering, operations, and closure
  5. Discuss recent case studies that demonstrate the importance of ARD evaluation at different stages of mining

Instructors:  Madhumita Raghav, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Sarah Doyle, Colorado School of Mines

Schedule: Full-day, 9:00 - 5:00 (Lunch provided)

Short Course 3: Water Stewardship in Mining Regions

This short-course workshop explores how Water represents a growing risk for mining projects globally and how water has become a growing source of conflict between mining companies and surrounding communities globally.

The short-course has three key sections:

  1. An introduction to the diversity of water risks that can face mining projects.
  2. An overview of new tools and frameworks that are emerging to facilitate the identification and communication of water-related risks to diverse audience (water footprint).
  3. Advance an understanding of the diversity of perspectives on the value of water and consider how disparate views can be reconciled to secure sustainable outcomes.

Instructors: Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor UBC, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering at UBC; Cecilia Campero, Post-doctoral fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC; and Jocelyn Fraser, Post-doctoral fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.

Schedule: Half-day, 1:30 - 5:00 (Lunch provided 12:30 - 1:30)

Short Course 4: Innovative solutions to increase the reliability of pumping and dewatering systems

The learning objectives of this short course are:

  1. To understand the global dynamics of operational mining dewatering by studying the appropriate hydrogeological characterization techniques and the best pumping strategies
  2. Helping to identify most common sources of dewatering failure
  3. Defining how to improve dewatering process
  4. Helping to select the proper pumping setup and reduce cost and power consumption.

This learning will be supported by world-class, concrete case studies.

Instructors: Patrick Martel, Technosub inc., Canada and Michael Verreault, Hydro-Ressources inc., Canada

Schedule: Half-day, 9:00 - 12:30 (Lunch provided 12:30 - 1:30)

Short Course 5: Dewatering solutions with geotextile tubes for mining as alternatives to mechanical systems. Deep Groundwater Monitoring in a Permafrost Environment

The goal of this short-course is to provide an overview of geotextile tube dewatering systems which details the benefits over traditional mechanical dewatering systems. The course learning objectives will cover:

  1. Technical details of optimization, sizing, and design of the geotextile tubes
  2. Implementation of polymer chemistry, bench scale testing, and operation of the dewatering cells
  3. Mining & mineral processing case studies across various applications along with lessons learned

Instructor: Chris Timpson and Kevin Bossy, Engineering Business Manager, Tencate Geosynthetics

Schedule: Half-day, 1:30 - 5:00 (Lunch provided 12:30 - 1:30)

Short Course 6: Deep Groundwater Monitoring in a Permafrost Environment

The goal of this short-course is to provide an overview of groundwater characterization in a permafrost environment.

Obtaining reliable and representative groundwater samples, formation fluid levels and hydraulic test data to characterize and monitor groundwater conditions in areas of permafrost presents special challenges to traditional field practice – particularly when permafrost reaches depths of 400 m or more and measurements and samples are required from depths of 500 to 700 m or more. To be successful in this harsh environment the process of collecting groundwater measurement data requires innovative thinking and technical solutions. This course provides an overview of some of the challenges, describes a method of completing boreholes that has proven successful in overcoming these challenges, and provides insights from some of the projects where this method has been deployed.

The course will cover:

  • Installation and operation of groundwater instrumentation in freezing subsurface conditions
    • Instrument design for freezing protection
    • Risks with use of traditional methods
    • MultiPort System introduction
    • Operation methods in a permafrost environment
    • Look ahead and lessons learned
  • Case studies to illustrate varied applications at different sites, and lessons learned
    • Case History #1
    • Case History #2
    • Case History #3
    • Case History #4

Schedule: Half-day, 9:00 - 12:30 (Lunch provided 12:30 - 1:30)


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