The ANCOLD 2021 Tailings Dam Operators Forum was held in Gladstone Queensland in May 2021. It was a platform for tailings dam operators to share experiences (good and bad) rather than a technical/engineering focused conference.
With the enormous focus on Tailings Dam Design and Construction over recent years, the challenges facing the operators of tailings dams is often overlooked. The global tailings industry and stakeholders have acknowledged that a step-change is required to eliminate failures such as the events that occurred in Brazil, Mt Polley (Canada) and Cadia. It is noted that there have been 7 additional tailings dam failures since the Brumadinho failure in Brazil on 25 January 2019.
On 25 June 2020, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was endorsed by all stakeholders involved with the Global Tailings Review. This standard establishes robust requirements for the safer management of both existing and new tailings facilities globally. One session of the forum focuses on the operational aspects of the Global Standard.
Tailings management attracts extremely passionate people, and this forum invited like-minded attendees to participate in an open environment to benefit from others’ successes and learnings. This national forum brought together the ‘front line’ of tailings dams to openly discuss their experiences with the outcome of improving awareness of tailings management systems and operational safety.
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Hydrometeorology and Hydrology (September 2013) – MODULES 1 TO 5
Guidance for design flood estimation is provided in Australian Rainfall and Runoff. Since the last edition in 1987 there has been development and increasing application of stochastic simulation approaches for design flood estimation. There has been associated improved information and more sophisticated treatment of inputs such as design rainfalls, areal reduction factors, losses, baseflow and initial contents of reservoirs. A significant development has been the recent release of the new IFD estimates from the Bureau of Meteorology. The session will cover improved approaches to design flood estimation such as Mont-Carlo analysis and the characterisation of inputs.
Includes access to the following videos:
Tailings Dams (May 2014) – MODULES 1 to 4 (Full Seminar)
Tailings dams are critical elements in most mine operations throughout Australia but it is evident that many of these dams have not been implemented and sustainably managed in line with modern day “risk management” approaches. This course is being provided to assist tailings dam owners, and their professional staff and advisers to provide up-to-date information on how to plan, implement, operate and sustainably close their dams in a safe and effective manner consistent with various Government and “duty of care” obligations.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTLINE
This short course is designed so that engineers and other dam professionals both young and more experienced will better understand the essential ingredients of investigation, design, operation, maintenance and safety for spillways and outlets for new and existing dams and associated upgrades.
While ensuring the basics are properly understood, there will be a strong focus on what is the approaches, issues and risks associated modern dam spillways & outlets requirements – what you need to know, whether a dam owner/manager/operator, consultant, regulator or a professional with a strong interest in dams.
Dam Outlets will look at the other key passage of water passed a dam – outlets. Like spillways it will cover both broad criteria for sound outlets (including intakes) and the specific criteria on the various purposes and types of outlets and in some cases combined with spillways or power generation. Experience of the presenters and case studies will provide a key input into the issues, risks, environmental aspects (such as thermal and fish passage) and overall safety and best practice design and management of outlets. Importantly the presentation will provide an essential insight into the new ANCOLD guideline on outlets currently being prepared.
Retarding Basin Fundamentals (April 2013) – MODULE 1 TO 4
Retarding basins are becoming increasingly important elements in urban flood planning throughout Australia but it is evident that many basins have not been implemented in line with modern day “risk management” approaches. Accordingly, as part of its Professional Development program, and in advance of its proposed Guideline on Retarding Basins due out in 2014, the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) is planning a series of seminars across Australia on Retarding Basin Fundamentals. The seminars are being provided to assist basin owners, and their professional staff and advisors, to plan, implement and operate their basins in a safe and effective manner consistent with various Government and “duty of care” obligations.
The one day seminars are being presented by leading dam safety and risk management professionals including:
Richard Rodd- dams consultant with over 40 years experience in dam and basin design, construction, operation and maintenance.
Kelly Maslin – dams consultant with over 15 years experience in dams and risk management.
Norm Himsley – dams consultant and member of NSW Dam Safety Committee with over 40 years experience in dam and basin design, construction, operation and maintenance.
Dam Safety Emergency Planning (June 2014) – MODULES 1 TO 5 (FULL COURSE)
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTLINE
This short course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of dam safety emergency planning including developing, using, exercising and reviewing dam safety emergency plans.
It will begin by briefly reaffirming why dam safety emergency plans are needed and then provide a high level overview of legislative requirements for each State.
Critical elements of dam safety emergency planning and plans will be presented in detail. This will be followed by guidance on how to develop and document dam safety emergency plans.
The seminar also includes modules on training operators and emergency responders in the use of dam safety emergency plans and exercising them so that everyone is confident that the plan will work in a genuine emergency.
The presenters will use examples from their experience to illustrate all aspects of dam safety emergency planning and there will be opportunities for delegates to ask questions and share their experiences throughout the day.