MINE4406 Geotechnology of Mine Waste

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers the principles of designing, constructing and operating mine waste storage facilities; implementing best practice to ensure emissions are prevented; ensuring environmental compliance; case studies of failures of storage facilities; emerging technologies for reducing water and energy use; preparing a mine closure plan; and ensuring long-term geotechnical and environmental stability.
Students are able to (1) communicate effectively by compiling and preparing design reports; (2) give presentations in limited time on a researched topic; (3) work in a team to prepare design reports; (4) discuss the potential for bias in presenting mining projects; (5) conduct detailed water balance of a tailings storage facility; (6) size and locate a stormwater diversion facility; (7) evaluate acid drainage potential for a waste rock dump; (8) prepare and cost a mine closure plan; and (9) locate and size a tailings storage facility (TSF), taking cognisance of environmental, legal and heritage issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests; (2) group assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andy Fourie
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation
Environmental Engineering specialisation);

for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
CIVL2122 Geomechanics
ENSC3009 Geomechanics

Advisable prior study:
ENSC3009 Geomechanics, ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
MINE4166 Geotechnology of Mine Waste Management
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