• Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
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  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
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  • Location: Live Webcast Tool Tip
  • Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


Water management is one of the key issues facing many mines in the 21st century. In response to requests by participants in previous webcasts on mine water management, we now present two closely related webcasts on the topic:

The first course, Fundamentals of Mine Water Management, is intended to introduce participants to the basic technical and engineering issues, as well as the solutions of managing mine waters. In this course, we will focus on the basics of surface water management at mines, groundwater management at mines, mine water balances, mine closure water management, and the geochemistry of mine waters. The course will review the theory of mine water management, explore best practices, present case histories of successful mine water management, and consider both surface water and groundwater analysis and modeling.

In the light of recent failures of tailings facilities as a result of mismanagement of water, the course will also focus on risk management as a way to deal with the many unknowns of water quantity and quality at mines. In particular, risk management as applied to the prediction and control of a mine's water balance will be discussed.

The course will benefit those new to, as well as those experienced in, mine water management. For those new to or entering the field of mine water management, this course will introduce current practice, modern technical approaches, and best standard engineering practices. On the basis of the course, participants will be equipped to identify and manage solutions for best practice management of the surface waters and groundwaters of the mines with which they are associated or for which they may be responsible.

This webcast draws on and expands on the Edumine series of courses on mine water management. In addition, the course will draw on those parts of the Edumine courses on tailings facilities, heap leach pads, and mine closure that deal with surface water and groundwater issues associated with mine waste disposal facilities.

We invite participants to tell us, in advance, which topics are of the greatest interest to them, so that we may strive to tailor the presentations to the specific interests of the webcast participants.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of three introductory courses titled: Mine Water and Chemical Balance Analysis, Surface Water Management at Mines, and Groundwater in Mining.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at all who are charged with managing one or more aspect of water at a mine: consultants, mine operators, regulators, and others. The course will also be of benefit and interest to geologists; groundwater modelers; geochemists; civil or geotechnical engineers; hydraulic specialists; and mining professional, engineering, or technical specialists.

Jack Caldwell

Jack Caldwell, P.Eng, has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, an M.Sc. (Eng.) in Geotechnical Engineering and a post-graduate law degree. He has over 35 years engineering experience on mining, civil, geotechnical and site remediation projects. He has worked on numerous projects throughout southern Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States. His project experience includes:

- mines and waste disposal facilities - design, construction supervision and reclamation of tailings impoundments, mine rock dumps, heap leach pads, landfills and radioactive waste disposal units;

- hazardous and radioactive waste site remediation - senior management and technical consultant

- landfills - design, construction, operation and closure with special focus on liners, covers, and soil reinforcement.

In addition, Mr. Caldwell has been the lead specialist for various geotechnical and civil engineering projects in Southern California. Mr. Caldwell has written many engineering reports, proposals, and technical papers. He is the lead author of the book, Principles and Practice of Waste Encapsulation, on the design of waste disposal facilities for radioactive and hazardous wastes.

Rick Kossik

Rick is the President and co-founder of the GoldSim Technology Group and has a wide variety of experience in the fields of probabilistic simulation and risk analysis. He is a co-developer of GoldSim, a powerful dynamic, probabilistic simulation program that is being used by public and private organizations throughout the world to support decision-making and risk analysis for complex projects and systems. It is used widely in the mining industry for water balance simulations and risk analyses. Prior to co-founding GoldSim Technology Group in 2004, Rick was a Principal with Golder Associates. In addition to serving as a senior staff member, he served on the Board of Directors of Golder's US company for 3 years.

Patrick Littlejohn

Patrick is part of BQE Water’s Technology Development management committee, contributing to the company’s technology innovation and new market development. In his role, Patrick is involved in the commercialization of BQE Water’s Sulf-IX™ technology for sulphate removal, is co-inventor of the Selen-IX™ technology for selenium removal and takes an active role in flowsheet development for integrated water treatment processes. While completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering, Patrick was the recipient of the 2012 Trailblazer Research Commercialization award for his work involving ion exchange scavenging of nickel from laterite tailings.

Paul Ferguson

Dr. Paul Ferguson has a B.Sc. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry with 7 years of professional experience in academic research and consulting. He has published several scientific papers in the areas of aqueous and isotope geochemistry and presented at numerous international conferences. Dr. Ferguson is the Senior Geochemist at Robertson GeoConsultants Inc. and specializes in evaluating the impact of mining on local groundwater resources. He joined Robertson GeoConsultants in 2008 and has been a consultant to the mining and environmental industry in the areas of:

- contaminant plume characterization & remediation for open pit & underground mines & contaminated sites;

- hydrogeology & contaminant load balances

- project management

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held from 8:00am to 11:00am PDT/Vancouver, Canada time.

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into three sessions with the following topics:

Session 1: 14 March 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Introduction
  • Key Issues
  • Challenges of Mine Water Management
  • Water & Load Balance
  • Risk Management for Mine Waters
Session 2: 15 March 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Surface Water
  • Groundwater
  • Case Histories
  • Heap Leach Facilities
Session 3: 16 March 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Water Treatment
  • Tailings Facilities
  • Miscellaneous Issues
  • Future Challenges & Opportunities

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.

To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or edumine-support@infomine.com and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

How Webcasts Work

It's easy and our webcast saves on fees, travel and time! You will be able to ask questions and have live discussions during the webcast just as if you were there in person. At the time of the webcast, you connect to the internet, call in to a toll/toll-free number to hear and talk through the telephone or simply listen and speak over your headset/PC speakers using Voice over IP (VoIP). You see the presentation as well as the instructor on your computer screen.

System Requirements

To attend this webcast, you will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection (DSL or cable). You will also need a phone line or integrated microphone in your PC or a headset. For your comfort, it is recommended that you use a speaker phone or headset to connect to the webcast. Our system will support both PC and Apple computers using Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Accessing the Webcast

One day prior to the webcast, you will be emailed a link for the webcast. About 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time, simply go to the website provided in the email. You should be able to simply click on the link in the email; however, some email programs may require that you copy the address and paste it into your browser's address bar. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and you will need to enter the password that was sent to you in the email. Once you have logged in, a screen will pop up with the Voice over IP option or a toll/toll-free telephone number to call. Of course, our team is available to help if you have any questions about accessing the webcast: +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting the webcast registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the cost of the webcast.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation prior to the webcast but within 9 business days of the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the delegate's payment less a 10% administration fee.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation after the webcast has started, or misses all or a portion of the webcast without notice, no refund will be granted.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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