Groundwater in Mining

 
 
22nd-23rd April 2021 Australia/Asia

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Groundwater in Mining


DAY 1
 
 
Session 1: Introduction to Groundwater in Mining
  • Groundwater in open pit mining
  • Groundwater in underground mining
  • Groundwater and unconventional resources
  • Interaction between surface water and groundwater
 
Session 2: An Historical Perspective on Mining 

 

  • Current status of the industry
  • Mining Trends
    • In-situ and underground mining focus
    • Automation and Information technologies
    • Leading position in gold mining
    • Special focus on lithium, uranium, rare earth
    • Coal mining
    • Unconventional resources
 
Session 3: Mine Water Regulations 

 

  • The regulatory framework
  • Relevant legislation, standards and guidelines
  • Assessment considerations
  • Approval requirements
  • Policy framework
  • Key regulatory agencies
  • Coal and coal seam gas regulations to protect water resources
Break 
 
 
Session 4: Planning Approvals for Mine Development and Towards Rational Management of Groundwater in Mining Areas

 

  • Types of approvals
    • Exploration permits for minerals and coal
    • Mineral development license
    • Mining lease
  • Environmental authorities and requirements for mining projects
  • Water authorities
 
Session 5: Impacts of Mining on Physical Hydrogeology

 

  • Potential Impacts to the groundwater flow regime
  • Potential Impacts to groundwater quality
  • Potential Impacts on surface water flow regime and water quality
  • Subsidence
  • Slope failures
  • Disturbance of hydrological cycle, rainfall and climate
Break
 
 
Session 6: Groundwater Planning

 

  • Principles of groundwater planning
  • River basins and aquifers
  • Socioeconomic considerations at regional, national and international levels
 
Session 7: Management of Groundwater for Waste Rock and Tailings

 

  • Waste rock management legislation and regulations
  • Leading Practice Sustainable Development (LPSD) – Mine Tailings Management
  • LPSD – Water Management
  • LPSD – Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Break
 
 
Session 8: Groundwater Management

 

  • Groundwater Impact Assessment
  • Management response to cumulative impacts on groundwater from mining
  • Water monitoring strategy
 
Session 9: Environmental Impact Assessment

 

  • Environmental regulation and pollution prevention
  • Risk assessment
  • Implementation of strategies for minimization or mitigation of environmental impact on critical assets
  • Environmental management plans
 
END OF DAY 1

 

DAY 2
 
 
Session 10: Impact of Mining on Hydrological Processes and Catchments

 

  • Mine dewatering impact
  • Impact on surface water quantity and quality
  • Risk of erosion and sedimentation
  • Contamination of the subsurface
 
Session 11: Surface Water Quality and Quantity Issues in mines

 

  • Water quality assessment in mining
  • Mine site water quality monitoring
  • Water balance
 
Session 12: Surface Water Monitoring Design

 

  • Assessment of the user’s requirements
  • Observational network design
  • Monitoring stations
  • Monitoring duration and measurement frequency
  • Instrumentation
  • Data collection, processing and storage
Break
 
 
Session 13: Modelling Mine Water Flow

 

  • Analytical and numerical models and their application in mining
  • Numerical models
  • Recharge estimation
 
Session 14: Geochemical Processes Controlling Mine Water Pollution – Geochemistry of mine water and host rock groundwater

 

  • The Hydrochemistry of Groundwater
    • Recharge Chemistry
    • Soil Zone
    • Water-Rock Interaction
    • Mixing – groundwater interaction with other water “facies”
  • Acid rock drainage (ARD)
 
Session 14: Session 15: Geochemical Modelling in mining

 

  • Geochemical elements in mining water
  • Methodology of geochemical modelling
  • Geochemical modelling software
Break
 
 
Session 16: Groundwater Modelling

 

  • Planning
  • Conceptualisation
  • Model design
  • Calibration and sensitivity analysis
  • Predictions
  • Uncertainty
  • Reporting
 
 
Session 17: Groundwater Monitoring, Sampling and Assessment

 

  • Groundwater monitoring programs and operating strategies
  • Groundwater monitoring bore network design and construction
 
Session 18: Water Impact Assessment

 

  • Surface water impact assessment
  • Groundwater impact assessment
 
Session 19: Investigations and Remediation of a Flooded Mine

 

  • Geotechnical aspect
  • Hydrogeological aspect
  • Geochemical aspect
  • Remediation techniques
Break
 
 
Session 20: Mine Dewatering

 

  • General mine dewatering
  • Approaches to mine dewatering
  • Depressurization around open pit slopes, pit bottom, shafts and roadways
  • Mine dewatering techniques based on pumping
  • Management of water discharges
 
Session 21: Groundwater Case Studies

 

  • Groundwater flow modelling of an open pit mine
  • Analytical modelling of groundwater pollution in mining areas
  • Numerical modelling of groundwater pollution in mining areas
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport numerical modelling for Underground Coal Gasification
 
Session 22: Surface Water Case Studies

 

  • Water balance of open pit coal mine
  • Surface water pollution generated by mining activity
 
END OF DAY 2

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Groundwater in Mining


DAY 1
 
 
Session 1: Introduction to Groundwater in Mining
  • Groundwater in open pit mining
  • Groundwater in underground mining
  • Groundwater and unconventional resources
  • Interaction between surface water and groundwater
 
Session 2: An Historical Perspective on Mining

 

  • Current status of the industry
  • Mining Trends
    • In-situ and underground mining focus
    • Automation and Information technologies
    • Leading position in gold mining
    • Special focus on lithium, uranium, rare earth
    • Coal mining
    • Unconventional resources
 
Session 3: Mine Water Regulations

 

  • The regulatory framework
  • Relevant legislation, standards and guidelines
  • Assessment considerations
  • Approval requirements
  • Policy framework
  • Key regulatory agencies
  • Coal and coal seam gas regulations to protect water resources
Break
 
 
Session 4: Planning Approvals for Mine Development and Towards Rational Management of Groundwater in Mining Areas

 

  • Types of approvals
    • Exploration permit for minerals and coal
    • Mineral development license
    • Mining lease
  • Environmental authorities and requirements for mining projects
  • Water authorities
 
Session 5: Impacts of Mining on Physical Hydrogeology

 

  • Potential Impacts to the groundwater flow regime
  • Potential Impacts to groundwater quality
  • Potential Impacts on surface water flow regime and water quality
  • Subsidence
  • Slope failures
  • Disturbance of hydrological cycle, rainfall and climate
Break
 
 
Session 6: Groundwater Planning

 

  • Principles of groundwater planning
  • River basins and aquifers
  • Socioeconomic considerations at regional, national and international levels
 
Session 7: Management of Groundwater for Waste Rock and Tailings

 

  • Waste rock management legislation and regulations
  • Leading Practice Sustainable Development (LPSD) – Mine Tailings Management
  • LPSD – Water Management
  • LPSD – Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Break
 
 
Session 8: Groundwater Management

 

  • Groundwater Impact Assessment
  • Management response to cumulative impacts on groundwater from mining
  • Water monitoring strategy
 
Session 9: Environmental Impact Assessment

 

  • Environmental regulation and pollution prevention
  • Risk assessment
  • Implementation of strategies for minimization or mitigation of environmental impact on critical assets
  • Environmental management plans
 
END OF DAY 1

 

DAY 2
 
 
Session 10: Impact of Mining on Hydrological Processes and Catchments

 

  • Mine dewatering impact
  • Impact on surface water quantity and quality
  • Risk of erosion and sedimentation
  • Contamination of the subsurface
 
Session 11: Surface Water Quality and Quantity Issues in mines

 

  • Water quality assessment in mining
  • Mine site water quality monitoring
  • Water balance
 
Session 12: Surface Water Monitoring Design

 

  • Assessment of the user’s requirements
  • Observational network design
  • Monitoring stations
  • Monitoring duration and measurement frequency
  • Instrumentation
  • Data collection, processing and storage
Break
 
 
Session 13: Modelling Mine Water Flow

 

  • Analytical and numerical models and their application in mining
  • Numerical models
  • Recharge estimation
 
Session 14: Geochemical Processes Controlling Mine Water Pollution – Geochemistry of mine water and host rock groundwater

 

  • The Hydrochemistry of Groundwater
    • Recharge Chemistry
    • Soil Zone
    • Water-Rock Interaction
    • Mixing – groundwater interaction with other water “facies”
  • Acid rock drainage (ARD)
 
Session 14: Session 15: Geochemical Modelling in mining

 

  • Geochemical elements in mining water
  • Methodology of geochemical modelling
  • Geochemical modelling software
Break
 
 
Session 16: Groundwater Modelling

 

  • Planning
  • Conceptualisation
  • Model design
  • Calibration and sensitivity analysis
  • Predictions
  • Uncertainty
  • Reporting
 
 
Session 17: Groundwater Monitoring, Sampling and Assessment

 

  • Groundwater monitoring programs and operating strategies
  • Groundwater monitoring bore network design and construction
 
Session 18: Water Impact Assessment

 

  • Surface water impact assessment
  • Groundwater impact assessment
 
Session 19: Investigations and Remediation of a Flooded Mine

 

  • Geotechnical aspect
  • Hydrogeological aspect
  • Geochemical aspect
  • Remediation techniques
Break
 
 
Session 20: Mine Dewatering

 

  • General mine dewatering
  • Approaches to mine dewatering
  • Depressurization around open pit slopes, pit bottom, shafts and roadways
  • Mine dewatering techniques based on pumping
  • Management of water discharges
 
Session 21: Groundwater Case Studies

 

  • Groundwater flow modelling of an open pit mine
  • Analytical modelling of groundwater pollution in mining areas
  • Numerical modelling of groundwater pollution in mining areas
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport numerical modelling for Underground Coal Gasification
 
Session 22: Surface Water Case Studies

 

  • Water balance of open pit coal mine
  • Surface water pollution generated by mining activity
 
END OF DAY 2

 

   

 

Our Trainer has 22 years’ experience in hydrogeology and groundwater management. She has completed numerous groundwater assessment studies on infrastructure, mining, contaminated land and agricultural projects. Her work includes practical aspects through to conceptual model development and evaluation of environmental impacts using analytical and numerical modelling and environmental assessment techniques. Her interests are in multidisciplinary studies involving hydrogeology, geochemistry and geomechanics. She is an active committee member of the IAH and AIG

 

 

 

 

FEE
 
AUD 899 
USD 650 
Australia

Asia

 

Registration fee only covers cost of all sessions & presentations. Fee is not inclusive of 9% Admin/Bank Charges.

 

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