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Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker


Professor David Williams BE (Hons I), PhD, FIEAust, MAusIMM, CPEng, RPEQ

Director, Geotechnical Engineering Centre - University of Queensland

Professor David Williams initiated and directs the Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and also manages the industry-funded Large Open Pit Project.  He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience.  He is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, in particular the design, construction, operation, closure and rehabilitation of tailings dams and waste rock dumps, including the design of covers, on which he has delivered a number of invited Keynote Lectures.  He was on the Expert Panel investigating the technical causes of the fatal Brumadinho tailings dam failure in Brazil in 2019 and serves on a number of Independent Technical Reviews Boards for Tailings Facilities in Australia and internationally.

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