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Perth Branch February Tech Talk: Causes of Tailings Storage Facility Failures

Join the Perth Branch and David Reid for a discussion on typical tailings storage facility (TSF) failures.

Event Details

Date: Monday 10th February

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Celtic Club, Ord Street, West Perth

Cost: Free to Attend

There have been a number of Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) failures in the mining industry over recent years. In particular, the most recent failure at Brumadinho led to a significant number of fatalities. This TSF had been inactive for a number of years at the time of failure. A failure under such circumstances differs in some ways from common wisdom in the mining industry, which suggests a TSF generally becomes “safer” after deposition has ceased. This presentation will discuss various failure mechanisms for TSFs that are potentially applicable to inactive TSFs, and how the management of these should be considered following operations, in particular during closure design and construction works.

About the Speaker

David Reid, Research Fellow, UWA

David is a Research Fellow at UWA, working on an industry-supported
ARC research project on the static liquefaction of tailings.  He has 15 years'
experience in the tailings industry focussed on TSF failure mechanisms,
stability analyses, numerical modelling, laboratory testing, and in situ
characterisation.

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