Short Courses

Registration for ICARD 2022 Virtual Short courses is now available via the online registration form.

All short courses are made up of pre-recorded presentations and live discussions. All pre-recorded content will be available to registrants, via the virtual platform, prior to the short course. All live discussions will be recorded and made available on-demand for viewing post the short course.

You may register to attend multiple short courses and will have access to all content for 6 months post the short courses.

Short Course Registration Fees

Fees are in AUD and inclusive of Goods and Service Tax (GST)

Registration Type Fee
Virtual Short Course – Add on to ICARD 2022 Virtual Conference Registration $100
Virtual Short Course Only* $200

*Virtual short course only registration is for those who do not have a registration to attend ICARD 2022 virtual, and wish to attend the short course only.

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Short Courses Program

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The below short courses will be presented as part of ICARD 2022 virtual.

Organisation: Water Services and Technologies (WST)

Course Length: 4 Hours

PHREEQC is a powerful tool for hydrogeochemical modeling. To be able to simulate reactions and scenarios that occurs at mining sites it is necessary the implementation of a mineralogical database that are already available in PHREEQC. However, there are mineral phases that contain chemical elements that can directly impact the prediction of future water quality in mine pits and tailings dams that are not inserted in those databases. Therefore, it is necessary to implement a site-specific database containing these mineralogical phases. Water Services and Technologies has faced these challenges in recent projects and to be able to solve them it has developed a protocol for the implementation of thermodynamic databases.

To get the best out of the course, it is recommended that participants have basic knowledge about hydrogeochemical modeling using PHREEQC. The course will provide a brief overview of numerical geochemical modeling. However the focus will be the relevant aspects related to the thermodynamics of chemical reactions in the mining environment, procedures for calculating thermodynamics parameters and how to enter this data in PHREEQC step-by-step.

Short course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to hydrogeochemistry
  • Numerical modeling
  • Thermodynamic concepts
  • Thermodynamic parameters applied to modeling and how they can affect the results
  • Thermodynamic databases
  • Challenges and limitations in database implementation

All theory taught will be demonstrated in practical exercises. Real practical examples will be presented such as case studies where the implementation of the thermodynamic database was mandatory due to the mineralogical complexity. At the end of the course, it is expected that the participants will be able to make decisions and develop a site-specific thermodynamic database.

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Organisation: Okane Consultants

Course Length: 150 minutes of pre-recorded on-demand content. 75 minutes of “live” panel discussion

Mine closure doesn't need to be a risk, and it shouldn't be an afterthought. Future land use must be considered at the beginning of a mining project and integrated throughout the mine lifecycle. By taking an integrated approach to mine planning and closure planning, AMD risks can be identified, and mitigation realized throughout operations.

In this short course, a panel of experts will advocate for integrated closure to achieve sustainable outcomes and provide guidance on 'the how' of integration. With a range of technical backgrounds, and experience operating at various mine sites, the panelists' presentations will span a mine site's organization - from operation to boardroom. They will include technical challenges for AMD risk identification, as well as challenges embedded in the 'culture' of the mining industry. They will share unique observations about the differences in perspective throughout the mine lifecycle (development to operations), and how to integrate consistent thought towards future land use.

The presentations, and live panel discussion will provide a strategic approach to achieving integration, using tools that are already standard practice in the industry. Participants will leave with a better understanding of AMD management risks and tools to identify and communicate opportunities throughout their own organizations.

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Organisations: RGS Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd; Deswik Mining Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd and Geosystems Analysis Inc.

Course Length: The short course will comprise two four-hour sessions held on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 September 2022. Each four-hour session comprise of several pre-recorded PPT presentations with a live question and answer component for participants and presenters at the end of each session. The pre-recorded PPT presentations will be made available to registered participants in advance of the actual workshop date to allow questions to be sent and collated prior to the short course.

Course Overview: The objectives of the short course are to familiarize participants with current leading developments and practices in integrated mine planning and designing for closure that aim in part reduce the risk of AMD and improve mine closure outcomes for rehabilitation.

Session 1: Session 1 provides a strategic analysis of what integrated mine planning and designing for closure is at a corporate level, and what this means to the people working on smaller discrete technical packages of work that occur multiple time horizons such as waste rock and tailings storage facilities

Four case studies will be presented by Deswik and RGS to demonstrate how integrated planning and designing for closure can be applied to provide better technical, social, financial and closure outcomes.

Two case studies are from mettalliferous mines in Queensland, one is from the a metaliferous mine in the Northern Territory and the fourth is a metalliferous mine in Central America.

Session 2: Session 2 supports Session 1 and will describe mine material characterisation techniques and detail how the geochemical, physical, hydraulic and erosion properties of mine materials are acquired, interpreted and used to develop criteria for incorporation into geoenvironmental block models (GBM). Material balances are used to develop cover and final landform designs which are subsequently evaluated using (amongst others) unsaturated flow modelling, draindown modelling and hydrogeochemical water quality modelling. Some of the case studies in Session 1 will be re-visited to illustrate how the performance of final landforms can be assessed.

Session 2 also will look at physical and hydraulic mine material properties, water infiltration and how water moves through a final covered landform system. Cover system design considerations will be presented and the application of numerical modeling techniques will be described and potential interaction of final landforms with surface and groundwater systems will be discussed.

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Organisation: Ecometrix Incorporated

Course Length: Half Day

The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management requires that the design and management of tailings storage facilities (TSF) be founded on the basis of physical stability to ensure that catastrophic failure is avoided during operations and into perpetuity after closure. Geochemical and resulting water quality risks are also recognized as potential failure modes for TSF’s and need to be addressed by the engineer of record (EOR) and others responsible for tailings management.

Management strategies for TSF’s can be confounded by the apparent juxtaposition of the geotechnical and geochemical properties of tailings in terms of overall reduction in failure modes.

This short course is intended to provide tailings managers and engineers of record (EOR) a basic understanding of chemical stability considerations in tailings storage facilities, potential geochemical failure modes, and strategies to promote chemical stability while maintaining compatibility with the designs for physical stability.

Case studies and visual tools, as well as dynamic modelling scenarios will challenge participants to consider water quality risks, water management, construction approach, environmental impacts, and de-risking of potential long-term liabilities. Key examples of tailings management and geochemical risks and mitigations will be provided over the life of mine from feasibility through to Closure.

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Organisation:University of Queensland, CSIRO, University of Cape Town, Department of Science and Environment (QLD), Evolution Mining

Course Length:4 hours

This Short Course will introduce and provide concepts of microbial influence on acid mine drainage for a non-specialised audience. The course brings together world leading experts from research, industry and government in mine rehabilitation and microbial-based acid mine drainage prediction, prevention and treatment options including selective metal recovery and value-added opportunities to offset some of the costs associated with treatment. Each author will provide a 15-30 min presentation before a panel discussion to answer specific questions.

At the end of this course participants will learn: 1) the role of microbes in AMD production and longevity, 2) the role of bacteria in source control of AMD; and 3) using bacteria for AMD treatment and metal recovery.

Microbes are currently used in a variety of mine waste, tailings and mine water remediation from bioleaching to mine water treatment, and even CO2 sequestration in mine waste and tailings. Apart from treating mine water, the application of microorganisms offers the potential for enhanced metal recovery.

There is a growing interest by the mining industry in understanding various ways that microbial community and functions help us prevent, control or treat AMD. This is partly because of the unprecedented rate of developments in this field, thanks to advance genomic techniques and synchrotron-based technologies used for studying mineral-microbe interactions, but it is more importantly due to the increasing desire of the companies to apply environmentally friendly solutions for AMD prevention, control and treatment.

The target audience of this course are professionals who have to deal with mine waste, tailings and mine water but do not have the background in microbiology. This could include mine site environmental managers, university students, technology developers, consultants and regulators.

The knowledge and application of these microbial-based technologies are an important way to ‘green up’ the industry, reducing environmental risks and improving the efficiency and the economy of mine water treatment through metal recovery.

In this course the participants will first learn some of the fundamentals of geomicrobiology pertinent to AMD taught by Professor Gordon Southam. They will then learn from a range of case studies and examples presented by highly knowledgeable, experienced and motivated course presenters in this field.

This course is pitched at introductory level, encompassing the wealth of knowledge and practical experience of the course instructors. The course will provide opportunities to ask questions on a wide range of relevant issues or request guidance and feedback from government and academic experts on specific mine site problems.

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Contact Details

Please direct all short course enquiries to:

ICARD 2022 Secretariat

ICMS Australasia
Abby Moehead
program@icard2022.com.au