GEOS5504 Mining Hydrogeology

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Mining typically requires groundwater management to maintain a safe working environment in both open cut and below ground operations. This unit explores the groundwater-related issues for both mining operations and the impact of mining on nearby areas. Key themes are mine dewatering, field groundwater investigations in the context of mining operations, groundwater assessment for geotechnical purposes, water supply for mining operations, tailings and wine wastes, pit lakes and environmental impact assessment.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of groundwater management principles and practices at mine sites; (2) assess and communicate impacts of mining on hydrogeological systems; and (3) develop and evaluate groundwater management strategies at mine sites.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an assignment on mine dewatering; (2) a short report on a mine water management strategy; and (3) an assignment on mine closure and potential impacts. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Bourke
Unit rules
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems and GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 2 x 4 hours per week for 6 weeks
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