Basics of Tailings Geotechnics – 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 significant experience in tailings in an oversight capacity and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies. You will learn how particle size distributions are obtained and how they are used to classify geomaterials.
This includes an introduction to the concepts of plasticity and links to mineralogy. Utilisation of phase diagrams for understanding key parameters such as void ratio are described and the core concept of effective stress and its link to shear strength are discussed.
This micro-credential is the second 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.
- 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 20 September 2021 to 10 October 2021.
- The course starts on 11 October 2021. Participants will have until 10 December 2021 to complete the micro-credential.
- Applications close
- 10 October 2021
- 50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
- Academic lead
- Professor Andy Fourie
Compare tailings characterisation using the USCS and the ICOLD systems, and account for clay mineralogy
Demonstrate ability to determine parameters related to solids content, void ratio and degree of saturation and the relevance of these parameters to engineering characteristics
Account for salinity in calculations of void ratio, water content and related variables
Calculate variations in vertical effective stress for typical TSF scenarios
Non-assessed short course
This module is also available as a professional development course without assessment, providing online access to learning materials. Students taking it as a non-assessed short course will receive a Certificate of Participation and five professional development hours. Students will not earn UWA PD Points or be eligible for credit, and the short course will not be listed on a UWA Professional Development Transcript.
Reduced fees apply - $660 inc. GST for the non-assessed short course. Select 'MINES502 Basics of Tailings Geotechnics' for the non-assessed short course on the registration form.