Tailings Operations – Delivered by Future Tails
This micro-credential has been designed for professionals working in the field of tailings management. It is best suited to practicing engineers, geoscientists or individuals with responsibility for planning tailings deposition schedules to ensure operational safety and efficiency of the tailings storage facility.
In this micro-credential the importance of a Tailings Management Plan is discussed, illustrating the benefits of planning both short term and long term deposition schedules.
Controlling deposition to manage the beach and the relationship with maintaining adequate freeboard are illustrated and the value of controlled layer thickness demonstrated through examples. Relative benefits of both active and passive decant systems and associated risks with both systems are also covered.
This micro-credential is one of a series of 12 micro-credentials (currently in development) which, if successfully completed, will lead to a Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management* at UWA.
Future Tails is a five-year initiative funded by sponsors Rio Tinto and BHP to facilitate industry understanding of best practice mine tailings management.
Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:
- Two PD Points - stackable for academic credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management*
- A Certificate of Achievement
- A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
*In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate award you must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree or a degree in a related field and have met UWA’s English language competency requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.
- Delivery mode
- Online access to learning material, on demand. Two online discussion forums will be held for students to discuss the learning material and share their own insights into the topics covered.
- Course date
- Registrations are open from 4 March 2022 to 31 March 2022.
- The course starts on 4 April 2022. Participants will have until 3 June 2022 to complete the micro-credential.
- Applications close
- 31 March 2022
- 50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
- Academic lead
- Professor Andy Fourie
- $1,100 inc. GST
- Critical information summary
- MINEM521 Tailings Operations [PDF 243KB]
Evaluate the impact of beach slope on storage capacity and freeboard
Analyse the effect of changing layer thickness on achievable in-situ density
Incorporate daily operational practice into a long term management plan
Demonstrate the link between daily operations and geotechnical stability of a tailings storage facility