David Williams | The University of Queensland
Theme: Avoiding catastrophic failure of tailings facilities
Project title: Enhancing Resilience of Tailings Facilities
- The University of Queensland
- CSIRO Mineral Resources – Tailings flow
- Golder Associates
- Red Earth Engineering
- Flow Science Australasia
Offering to sponsors:
The project will place Australian researchers and practitioners at the forefront in providing expertise to mining companies, consultants and software providers, throughout Australia and globally.
The project will improve understanding of the mechanisms underlying potential tailings dam break and the runout of tailings and water, so that this can be avoided or mitigated. A National Tailings Dam Break and Runout Testing Facility will be established at the Univeristy of Queensland Pinjarra Hills site to study the phenomena. This will provide validation and calibration data to develop improved tailings dam break and runout predictive tools, which will be used to enhance tailings facility disaster resilience and preparedness.
Benefit to industry:
- Reduced uncertainty and increased resilience and reliability
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