The Mine Waste & Tailings Conference 2018

Brisbane 23-24 July


Welcome to the conference

Integrating innovative approaches to mine design, management and operation for delivering enhanced environmental, social and economic performance

The conference will provide numerous opportunities to network with consultants, contractors, industry representatives, regulators, researchers and academics to discuss state-of-the-art developments in tailings management around the world.

Featuring keynote lectures from a number of world tailings experts, we are seeking the submission of innovative approaches to tailings management and case studies under a broad range of themes with particular emphasis on breakthrough developments.

Conference Themes


• Mine waste geotechnics, geochemistry and biology
• Mine waste minimisation
• Socio-economic aspects of mine wastes
• Financial and social licence to operate
• Operational aspects and case histories of mine waste storage
• Selective placement and encapsulation of potentially contaminating waste rock
• Waste rock dump water balance during operation and post-closure
• Mine waste facility liner and cover systems
• Selection between surface, in-pit and underground tailings storage
• Stability of tailings dams and tailings run-out
• Selection between thickened, paste and filtered tailings disposal

• Co-disposal of tailings and coarse wastes
• Tailings water balance and management
• Mine waste monitoring and surveillance
• Regulation of mine waste facilities
• Minimisation and control of seepage from mine waste storage facilities
• Reprocessing of mine wastes
• Chemical and biological remediation of mine wastes
• Mine waste facility closure case histories and costs
• Emerging technologies
• Selection of post-liquefaction tailings shear strengths
• Appropriateness of NPV and Discount factors applied to waste disposal
• Governance and management of tailings

Keynote Speakers

Prof Dirk Van Zyl

The University of British Columbia

Prof David Williams

Director, Geotechnical Engineering Centre, Manager, Large Open Pit Project, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Dr Andrew Robertson

Robertson Geoconsultants Inc, Vancouver, Canada

Tatyana Alexieva

Global Practice Lead, BHP


Your chance to engage with industry peers and international companies


A truly global gathering of resource industry professionals


A truly global gathering of resource industry professionals


Attend world-class workshops and technical talks to earn PD hours

Sponsorship opportunities still available