Geomembrane (GMB) liners are being used more frequently for the storage or capping of mine waste due to stricter regulatory requirements relating to environmental protection. The longevity of any liner system will be a function of environmental conditions, design (including materials selection), construction and condition monitoring during operations or closure. Based on experience and case studies, this paper presents a review, from design to handover, of some of the smaller and often overlooked details that can have significant impacts on the performance of the GMB and the project overall.
The topics covered will include approaches to selecting and testing GMBs to ensure they are suitable. Design considerations to aid installation and quality assurance during construction. Understanding action leakage rates and the consequences of leakage when it creates whales. Construction quality control and assurance procedures, including a brief discussion on non-destructive liner integrity testing.
Marta, A, 2018. Geomembranes – from design to handover and some of the lessons learnt, in Proceedings Mine Waste and Tailings Stewardship Conference 2018, pp 190–207 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).