The Mine Waste and Tailings Conference 2020 aims to be the benchmark for sharing knowledge and experience on mine waste and tailings management, sustainable practice and closure in Australia and the rest of the world. The mining industry faces sustained threats to its financial and social licence to operate, as the demand for minerals increases exponentially in the face of diminishing ore grades.
The mining industry now accepts that the majority of the world’s future minerals will come from low-grade, high-tonnage, ultra-mechanised operations. As a result, a higher production of waste rock and tailings is expected over the course of the 21st century. Mining systems will require re-engineering, based on the paradigm shift that mining business success is fundamentally dependent upon waste management. As sustainable development principles are increasingly applied by mining companies in the wider world, this event will cover all aspects of life cycle waste rock and tailings management, from site selection and design to post-closure care.
As a lead into the conference, there will be a number of workshops. The two-day conference will feature a number of keynote speakers, four expert panel discussions covering key current themes, and paper presentations. I would like to thank all contributors and presenters, and particularly our generous sponsors and exhibitors, without whom the conference would not be possible.
On behalf of the AusIMM and The University of Queensland, it is my pleasure to welcome all participants to this event, many of whom have travelled from various parts of the world to be with us. I am confident that we have a highly practical and enjoyable event that is certain to engage and satisfy.
Professor David John Williams, MAusIMM
Director, Geotechnical Engineering Centre
Manager, Large Open Pit Project
The University of Queensland
The two-day conference will be built around the following themes:
- stability of tailings dams and tailings run-out
- tailings dewatering
- co-disposal of tailings and coarse wastes
- mine waste geotechnics
- tailings water balance and management
- operational aspects and case histories of mine waste storage
- selection of tailings storage
- governance and management of tailings
- emerging technologies
- regulation of mine waste facilities
- mine waste facility closure case histories and costs
- mine waste facility liner and cover systems
- mine waste geotechnics
- geochemistry and biology
Speakers to be announced soon.
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