Mine Water Management 2017

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Yaramoko Gold Mine Project in 2013
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Michael Palmer , Consultant Hydrogeologist Groundwater flow in crystalline rock environments with poorly developed or unsaturated saprolite is dominated by fracture flow, whether this be within the upper weathered/fractured zone or deeper in the bedrock where structural...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management José Miguel García , Senior Hydrogeologist Osamu Suzuki , Principal Hydraulic Engineer Water isotopes ( 2 H and 18 O) are stable compounds and their principal fractionation comes from the evaporation and condensation process. In groundwater, the...
Sonic drill at tailings facility - infiltration study
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Beatriz Labarca , Principal Geologist In 2007, SRK Chile was involved in designing the first large-scale facility for thickened tailings in Chile. The project included a pilot plant to provide data on the beach angle of the...
Lake in Nunavut - managing saline groundwater
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Tom Sharp , Principal Consultant Mining operations frequently encounter saline groundwater below permafrost on the Canadian Shield. Saline groundwater on the shield is primarily a calcium chloride brine. Management options need to meet compliance limits for total...
Drilling a large diameter test well - hydrogeologic characterisation
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Roger Howell , Principal Consultant Vladimir Ugorets , Principal Consultant At a large Cu-Au deposit in the Philippines, mineralised porphyries occur below an erosional surface buried by post-mineralisation volcanic and lake-bed deposits (cover sequence); ore lies below...
Pit lake at Copper Flat project, Southern New Mexico
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Ruth Warrender , Senior Consultant (Geochemistry) Amy Prestia , Principal Consultant (Geoenvironmental) Predicting pit lake chemistry after closure is integral for demonstrating compliance during the Environmental Impact Assessment and mine permitting process. Water quality predictions rely on...
Managing Water in Arid Conditions
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Tony Rex , Corporate Consultant (Hydrogeology) Tom Sharp , Principal Consultant (Civil / Environmental) As the mining industry focuses on improving productivity, reducing operating costs, and venturing into ever more challenging and remote locations for new projects,...
In this presentation, Victor Munoz highlights a combination of methods that use publicly available historical records to determine meteorological engineering design values under climate change conditions.
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Victor Muñoz , Senior Consultant During the last several decades, global climate change (GCC) has emerged as a key driver of environmental processes. However, hydrologic analyses assume local climate is constant and can be directly understood from...
ModClark model in HEC-HMS
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Francis Smith , Consultant (Hydrology) A robust hydrological assessment can be a challenging task in regions where a lack of data, of a sufficient quality, is available to fully validate both hydrological assessments. This level of uncertainty...
Formation of Pit Lake in Limestone Quarry
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Sujit Roy , Senior Consultant - Geology One of the largest cement manufacturing companies in India, OCL India Limited, produces limestone from its open-cut Lanjiberna mine. With increases in mining depth, the mine is facing significant inflow...
The highly iterative dewatering/depressurisation planning cycle
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management James Bellin , Principal Consultant (Hydrogeology) When it comes to dewatering and depressurisation at operational mine sites, getting the technical understanding right is only half the story. The other key to success is in maintaining and operating...
Winter conditions in the Fennoscandian region
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Jessica Charles , Consultant (Geochemistry) The management and use of water is a critical concern for mine project viability and profitability. This is especially true of mining in arctic environments where water issues are compounded by too...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Juanita Martin , Principal Consultant (Mine Waste) Water management at sites generating excess impacted water can result in high costs and risks if the development concept is advanced without consideration of certain key aspects. SRK developed a...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Peter Shepherd , Principal Scientist (Hydro) / Partner / Director SRK conducted the water management aspects of a Feasibility Study for the Tete Pig Iron and FerroVanadium Project in Mozambique. The project is located in the north...
Integration of pore pressure modelling with slope design
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Michael Royle , Principal Consultant Gregory Fagerlund , Consultant Integrating groundwater pressures into slope stability modelling is an evolving process in mine design. The goal is to carefully match the slope modelling requirements with a somewhat conservative...
Integrated visualisation of geophysical profile with control boreholes
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Paul Hubbard , Senior Consultant (Hydrogeology) Shallow groundwater flow in weathered hard rock areas typically focuses on fractured weathered zones, which are often simplistically conceptualised with a uniform thickness and permeability. This ‘transition zone’ is typically encountered...
helicopter transport
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Houcyne El Idrysy , Principal Consultant (Hydrogeology) Lenar Sultanov , Hydrogeologist Mine project Feasibility Studies (FS) usually require the involvement of various consultancies and process design companies where cooperation between the involved parties is critical to the...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Simon Lorentz , Principal Hydrologist SRK has a long history of evaluating tailings dam hydraulic and hydrological processes. These studies inform water balance estimates, flood control design, seepage predictions, and stability analyses. Recently, the Department of Water...
Palabora Copper’s open cast mine is Africa’s widest man-made hole at almost 2000 meters
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Sheila Imrie , Principal Scientist Simon Lorentz , Principal Hydrologist Palabora Copper (PC) operated an open pit to recover copper ore (and secondary metals) from 1964 until 2002, and has since mined the ore by underground block...
Design of in-situ water treatment of acid contaminated lake
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Soren Jensen , Senior Consultant The Lorado site is an abandoned uranium milling operation located on the western shore of Nero Lake in northern Saskatchewan. The mill was constructed in 1957 and operated until 1960. Tailings and...
Prediction of cyanide draindown in arid environments
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management David Tait , Senior Consultant (Geochemistry) Iozsef Miskolczi , Senior Consultant ( Geoenvironmental) Heap leach pads are continuously irrigated with raffinate solution during their operational life; typically cyanide solution for gold ore, and sulfuric acid for base...
The application of satellite remote sensing in the mining sector
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Peter Shepherd , Principal Scientist (Hydro) / Partner / Director It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are monitored efficiently on site, both from a...
Removing overburden in the first boxcut of the pit, made possible through both borehole and pit sump dewatering
Download this issue A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Sheila Imrie, Principal Hydrogeologist simrie@srk.co.za The proposed Elandsfontein phosphate open pit mine is located on the south-western coast of South Africa, 8km inland from the environmentally sensitive Langebaan Lagoon, and bordering the West Coast National...
Testing groundwater adjacent to a tailings facility
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Tony Rex , Corporate Hydrogeologist When it comes to water, the requirements of mining operations vary enormously, and the risks associated with water are different from site to site. This difference in risk factors is partly a...
BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam evaporation ponds, December 2007
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 55 : Mine Water Management Claire Linklater , Principal Consultant (Geoenvironmental) John Chapman , Pr incipal Consultant (Geoenvironmental) The current BHP Billiton Olympic Dam operation comprises underground workings and a number of surface facilities, including the tailings storage facility (TSF) and processing...
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