MINE4406 Geotechnology of Mine Waste
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (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
- Advisable prior study:
- ENSC3009 Geomechanics, ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
- MINE4166 Geotechnology of Mine Waste Management
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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