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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) communicate effectively in written design reports and timed oral presentations; (2) work in a team to prepare design reports; (3) discuss the potential for bias in presenting mining projects; (4) conduct detailed water balance of a tailings storage facility; (5) locate and size a stormwater diversion facility; (6) prepare and cost a mine closure plan; and (7) locate and size a tailings storage facility (TSF), taking into account environmental, legal and heritage issues and global standards.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests; (2) group assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andy Fourie
Unit rules
GENG2009 Principles of Geomechanics
and MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
MINE4406 Geotechnology of Mine Waste (ID 2626)
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