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Paste Publications

Paste Proceedings 2014

Proceedings of the 17th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings (2014)

June 8-12, 2014 | Vancouver, Canada

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-3-1
  • Pages: 680

Editors: Richard Jewell, Andy Fourie, Patrick Sean Wells, and Dirk van Zyl

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2014

The proceedings of Paste 2014, the 17th seminar in the series, covers paste, thickened and filtered tailings practices in a range of minerals, including base and precious metal, bauxite and oil sands. The range of topics covered in the 50 printed papers in the volume is a testimony to the interest that is developing in the technology and documents the expanding experience base. These technologies are essential to save water in mineral processing, and to promote the deposition of tailings that will result in stable land forms that have a higher likelihood of being successfully reclaimed, thereby also addressing regulatory concerns.

Amongst the topics covered are those that have been the focus at some of the previous seminars in the series: beach slopes, backfill, thickening technologies including mechanical and, more recently, in-line polymer use, and transportation of the thickened tailings. There is much interest in changing tailings management options at a number of mines from slurry to thickened or filter tailings, using the existing tailings facilities. This clearly creates significant challenges from an analytical and material behaviour perspective, especially in highly seismic regions. A number of papers address this topic.

After reviewing the agenda for the seminar, one senior industry technical leader was impressed that during the many years of annual meetings the series “has been able to maintain this much momentum and relevance.” This volume should be on the “must read” list for all tailings management professionals, whether they design, construct, operate, regulate or teach.

This publication comprises a total of 60 papers.

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Paste Proceedings 2013

Proceedings of the 16th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings (2013)

June 17-20, 2013 | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9806154-3-2
  • Pages: 568

Editors: Richard Jewell, Australian Centre for Geomechanics; Andy Fourie, The University of Western Australia; Jack Caldwell, Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada; and Joaquim Pimenta, Pimenta de Avila Consulting, Brazil

Copyright: Australian Centre for Geomechanics, 2013

Published by: InfoMine, Inc.

Brazilian mining has unique challenges; the quality of the tailings to be managed, the lush climate, and the particulars of the ore processed. This collection of papers comprehensively documents the current state-of-the-art, and the future opportunities and promises of tailings from which water is removed to enhance environmental protection and reduce operating costs.

The scope of the seminar, attended by almost 400 delegates, was expanded to include filter pressed, dry stack tailings disposal – this was in recognition of the growing role that filter pressed, dry stack tailings disposal facilities are playing in responsible mine waste management.

This publication comprises a total of 51 technical papers.

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Heap Leach Publications

Heap Leach Solutions Proceedings 2015

Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Heap Leach Solutions, 2015

September 14-16, 2015 | Reno, USA

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-8-6
  • Pages: 553

Editors: Mark Evatz, Newmont Mining Corporation, USA; Mark E. Smith, Brazilian Nickel, Ltd, USA; Dirk Van Zyl, InfoMine and University of British Columbia, Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2015

The Heap Leach Solutions 2015 conference was the third in this international series of conferences organized by InfoMine.

This series of conferences aims to include contributions from the broad spectrum of disciplines that must work together to develop economically and technically successful heap leach projects - and this volume represents a collection of papers that reflects that.

Topics covered in the 2015 Proceedings include heap hydrodynamics, metallurgical testing and evaluation, monitoring and modelling, unsaturated flow, heap leach closure, and new technologies.

Contributing authors represent a diverse range of professions, including representatives of academia, consulting, and operations, and owners from the copper, gold, nickel, and nitrate industries. These authors hail from the USA, Australia, China, India, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Canada, the UK, South Africa, and Turkey. Over a dozen are recognized global leaders in their fields; others are emerging talents with voices that need to be heard.

In the year since the 2014 conference, the industry increasingly focused on improving margins in a soft market. This trend is reflected in many of the conference papers, which include optimization, improved instrumentation, better integration of engineering specialties, improved testing and analysis, and innovative closure technologies. For the first time there are multiple papers on injection leaching, authored by major names in the heap leaching business. Clearly this marks injection leaching as an emerged technology. A long-term trend in the industry is to build bigger and more complex facilities in more challenging locations. The 2015 papers also reflect that trend, with excellent discussions on advanced geotechnical methods, the latest developments in seismic response, closure planning, and environmental monitoring.

This publication comprises a total of 37 papers.

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Heap Leach Solutions Proceedings 2014

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Heap Leach Solutions, 2014

November 10-13, 2014 | Lima, Peru

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-6-2
  • Pages: 511

Editors: Dirk van Zyl, University of British Columbia and InfoMine Inc., Canada; Igor Gonzáles Galindo, Board Member Cia. Minas Buenaventura, Hudbay Minerals, and Sierra Metals, Peru

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2014

The Heap Leach Solutions 2014 conference was the second in this international series of conferences organized by InfoMine. This series of conferences aims to include contributions from the broad spectrum of disciplines that must work together to develop economically and technically successful heap leach projects - and this volume represents a collection of papers that reflects that.

Topics vary from detailed geotechnical concerns in the design and construction of heap leach pads, to characterization of ores in the laboratory and in situ, to the successful operation of heap leach operations, including processing plants.

Many technologies are highlighted in the papers contained in this volume. These are focused on improving design, construction, and operation of heap leach projects. A number of papers on cost estimation of heap leach pads are included, providing very good guidance to engineers in this area. Overall this volume contributes to the global knowledge in heap leaching.

In total this volume contains 35 excellent papers that will be a reference source in the future. This volume reflects an excellent cross section of papers about heap leaching practices and as such makes a significant contribution to the literature in this area.

This publication comprises a total of 35 papers.

Heap Leach Solutions Proceedings 2013

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Heap Leach Solutions, 2013

September 22-25, 2013 | Vancouver, Canada

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-2-4
  • Pages: 547

Editors: Dirk Van Zyl, InfoMine and University of British Columbia, Canada; Jack Caldwell, Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2013

Many technological, regulatory and economic developments have resulted in much more sophisticated planning for the development, operation and closure of heap leach facilities. While heap leaching remains an appropriate recovery method of metals at lower capital and operating costs in drier climates, modern heap leach operations are currently being developed and run in a much broader range of climatic conditions. Many professionals have worked extremely hard for more than 30 years to establish much more robust projects.

It is against this background that the Heap Leach Solutions 2013 conference took place. The published papers and presentations represent a very good snapshot of the range of aspects that must be considered for successful heap leach projects. This volume reflects a synthesis of global knowledge, research and practical experience of heap leaching. As such, it will become a very useful reference document for the development of future projects, and in the education and training of young professionals involved in heap leach practice all over the world.

This publication comprises a total of 46 papers.

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Mine Closure Publications

Mine Closure Proceedings 2015

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mine Closure, 2015

June 1-3, 2015 | Vancouver, Canada

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-9-3
  • Pages: 1,194

Editors: Andy Fourie, The University of Western Australia, Australia; Mark Tibbett, University of Reading, United Kingdom; Les Sawatsky, Golder Associates Ltd, Canada; Dirk van Zyl, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2015

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mine Closure (Mine Closure 2015), including 90 peer-reviewed papers.

Mine Closure 2015 marked the 10th international Mine Closure conference in a series that was initiated by the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) and the Centre for Land Rehabilitation, and also the 39th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium.

Mine Closure has become an internationally recognized conference series since it was established in 2006. The 10th International Conference on Mine Closure offered a multidisciplinary global forum for exchanging views and developing capacity, to ensure that new mines are designed with closure in mind, and old sites are closed economically, while minimizing environmental and societal impacts.

This publication comprises a total of 90 papers.

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Mine Closure Solutions Proceedings 2014

Proceedings of Mine Closure Solutions, 2014

April 26-30, 2014 | Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-4-8
  • Pages: 446

Editors: Dirk van Zyl, PhD, PE, University of British Columbia and InfoMine Inc., Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2014

Mine closure has become a very urgent and pressing requirement throughout the mining countries of South America. Recent legislation and requirements introduced in Peru, Chile and Brazil have changed the closure landscape in South America. On November 22, 2012, the Supreme Decree 41 of the Chilean Ministry of Mining was published in the Official Register approving Law 20.551, which regulates mine closure for mine sites and installations. Closure legislation has recently been passed in Minas Gerais state of Brazil. Mining is also increasing in Argentina and Colombia. South America is playing catch up with countries such as the US, Canada and Australia in developing and introducing closure planning and financial assurance for mines.

Mine Closure Solutions 2014 brought together the mutual interests of those needing and supplying mine closure technology and support with those providing governance for mine closure and review of closure application. The conference provided an invaluable opportunity for specialists to share their knowledge and discuss relevant topics, including technology, regulatory issues, transfer of care and custody, closure risks and liability, financing, insurance, social responsibility, community engagement and sustainable development.

This publication comprises a total of 38 papers.

Mine Water Solutions Publications

Mine Water Solutions Proceedings 2015

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments, 2015

April 12-15 | Vancouver, Canada

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-7-9
  • Pages: 638

Editors: Jaime Cathcart, Patrick Corser, Dave Evans, Ian Hutchison, Tamara Johndrow, Todd Martin, Harvey McLeod, Jim Obermeyer, Dan Ramey, Michael Royle, Shannon Shaw, Leslie Smith, and Dirk van Zyl

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2015

Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments was the second meeting in an InfoMine conference series that shares successes in mine water management in extreme environments. These Proceedings comprise an incomparable collection of papers on solutions to the challenges of mine water management in extreme environments.

The papers in this volume represent the latest thinking, innovative approaches, and the current industry best practices for the most exacting mine water management challenges. The collection includes papers that describe scientific advances and engineering innovations to conserve, preserve, treat, and manage water at mines around the world.

The excellent papers in this volume provide solutions to water management in extremes: extremely wet, dry, and cold; extremely deep hydrogeology, extreme water chemistry and treatment, groundwater over extremely long periods of time, and construction materials, engineering design, and water balances to address extreme conditions.

This publication comprises a total of 42 papers.

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Mine Water Solutions Proceedings 2013

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments, 2013

April 15-17, 2013 | Lima, Peru

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-0-0
  • Pages: 105 (printed book of abstracts), 538 (full digital book)

Editors: Jack Caldwell, Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada; Jim Cassie, BGC Engineering, Canada; David Evans, MWH, Peru; Tom Kerr, Knight Piesold, USA; James Obermeyer, MWH, USA; Andrew Robertson, InfoMine and Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada; Shannon Shaw, pHase Geochemistry, Canada; Dirk Van Zyl, InfoMine and University of British Columbia, Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2013

Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments is the first of a new conference series to share successes in mine water management in challenging environments. These proceedings comprise an incomparable collection of papers on solutions to the challenges of mine water management in extremely dry settings, extremely wet settings, and extremely cold settings. Papers also deal with mines where the geochemistry is a major challenge, and where hydrogeological conditions are complex.

Topics discussed in this volume include the theory of precipitation prediction, practical procedures for mitigating flooding, surface water and groundwater characterization, contaminant loading, impacts on receiving environments, water management and control, and mitigation engineering practices.

The absolute need to limit the impact on surface waters and groundwater from mining operations is an essential part of responsible mine planning and operation. Societal expectations are becoming more exacting, but it is right and proper that the mining industry rise to the challenge. The papers in these proceedings are a promising start to a journey of success that will move the mining industry into a prosperous, yet sustainable, future.

This publication comprises a total of 46 technical papers.

Geosynthetics Publications

Geosynthetics Mining Solutions Proceedings 2014

Proceedings of Geosynthetics Mining Solutions, 2014

September 8-11, 2014 | Vancouver, Canada

  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9917905-5-5
  • Pages: 419

Editors: Jack Caldwell, MSc, Robertson GeoConsultants, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Joe Goodwill, MA, InfoMine Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

Copyright: InfoMine Inc., 2014

This proceedings volume contains 32 fully peer reviewed papers presented at the Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 conference. This was the first conference devoted to the use of geosynthetics in mining. This topic is appropriate because geosynthetics in mining involves issues not commonly encountered in the civil and landfill industries. The challenges include the very harsh climatic and chemical environments of mines, and the need to construct waste-disposal facilities that will in essence have to endure forever.

Topics included the use of geosynthetics on tailings impoundments and heap leach pads, new ideas and products, geosynthetics performance, and risk management. Several case studies were also presented.

This publication comprises a total of 32 papers.

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