Geosynthetics for Geowaste Facilities

Geosynthetics for Geowaste Facilities

Environmentally Safe and Cost Effective Operation and Closure of Tailings, Waste Rock, and Heap Leach Facilities

AREAS OF STUDY: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Audience Level: Professional | Technical 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


Geowaste facilities have to last and perform in the post-closure long term. This webcast focuses on how geowaste (tailings, waste rock, and heap leach) facilities can be cost-effectively designed, constructed, operated and closed, while minimizing the environmental risks that are inherent with these structures. The emphasis is on the judicious use of Geosynthetics to manage mine water in normal and extreme environments. The course also focuses on the use of Geosynthetics in promoting the stability, integrity, and longevity of mine waste facilities.

All webcast participants will obtain a soft copy of the proceedings from the InfoMine Conference, Geosynthetic Mining Solutions, held in Vancouver, Canada, September 8-11, 2014.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of three introductory courses titled Geosynthetics in Mining, Heap Leach Design, and Geotechnical Engineering for Mine Geowaste Facilities.

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 ConcepciĆ³n. 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?

The course is intended for all who manage, operate, design, or approve (as regulators) geowaste facilities. It is also for those who are interested in advances in the use of Geosynthetics in such structures as part of the process of enhancing mine water management and the functionality and economy of such facilities.

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.

Tarik Hadj-Hamou

Dr. Tarik Hadj-Hamou is currently Principal, Manager Waste and Geotechnical Services for SLR International Corporation. Dr. Hadj-Hamou received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and joined Tulane University in New Orleans. There he and his colleague became involved with geosynthetics working on practical research projects with the New Orleans District of U.S. Corps of Engineers (USCOE), which was looking at ways to raise the earthen levees protecting existing or new communities along the Mississippi River. The work related to instrumentation and modeling of the performance of geosynthetics reinforced levees lead to the attribution by the Transportation Research Board of the 1990 K.B. Woods award for the paper "Field Test of a Geotextile Reinforced Levee."

Since then, Dr. Hadj-Hamou has accumulated 25 years of experience at over 50 projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas involving geosynthetics in engineering projects. Projects have included design; installation monitoring; performance evaluation; and forensic analyses for liner and cover systems, secondary containment, slopes and embankments, transportation projects, hydraulic structures, and other applications. He has developeded, designed, and monitored installation of geogrids, geotextile, geocomposite, geocomposite clay liners, geocells, and flexible geomembranes. He has worked with most types of flexible geomembrane, namely HDPE, LLDPE, PVC, and bituminous geomembranes.

Dr. Hadj-Hamou is author of numerous papers discussing the selection and use of geosynthetics in engineering applications.

Terry Mandziak

Terry Mandziak has more than 20 years of diversified professional experience in project management, coordination and project design mainly associated with geotechnical engineering for mining projects. His experience includes the design and construction of heap leach and tailings facilities. His responsibilities typically include site selection, risk assessment, site investigation, laboratory analysis, slope stability assessment, data interpretation, costing analysis, and development of specifications, construction drawings, bid documents and construction programs. His project experience has included conceptual through final design engineering, preparation of construction documents, subcontractor selection, and construction management and supervision. He has also managed multi-disciplinary engineering teams on international mining projects.

Provisional Schedule

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

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This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1: March 10 from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Introduction
  • Types of Geosynthetics
  • Geosynthetics in Tailings Facilities
  • Case History 1—Chile
  • Wick Drains
  • Covers with Geosynthetics
  • Case History 2—Beartrack

Session 2: March 11 from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Geosynthetics in Heap Leach Pads
  • Construction Quality Assurance and Electrical Leak Location Testing of Geomembranes
  • Concrete Canvas

Session 3: March 12 from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Case History 3—Escobal
  • Case History 4—Suncor Pond 5
  • Discussion
  • Case History 5—Namibia
  • Bituminous Asphalt
  • Use of Geosynthetic Clay Liners in Mining Applications
  • Future Challenges & Opportunities

How to Register

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

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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.

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