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Professional Certificate

Tailings Management

Gain competency and expand your knowledge on the geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.

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AusIMM, in conjunction with leading experts in the mining industry, has developed the Online Professional Certificate in Tailings Management. Featuring internationally-renowned tailings experts and case studies, the course will cover geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management. 

The interactive, online format of the course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in a community-based environment from wherever they are situated.

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David Williams

David Williams

Professor and Director of Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland; Manager, Large Open Pit Project
Professor David Williams initiated and directs the industry-funded, UQ Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland, which has attracted $10M in funding, and manages the Large Open Pit Project. He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular.

Professor Williams was a member of an Expert Panel investigating technical causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida.

He authored the 2009 and 2016 Tailings Management Handbook, as part of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. Professor Williams is currently involved in the Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an update in 2019.
David Brereton

David Brereton

Researcher and Consultant, Corporate Social Performance
David joined The University of Queensland in 2001 as Director of the newly established Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), one of six organisational units comprising the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). Under David’s leadership, CSRM became a leading global centre for applied research and professional education relating to social performance management in the mining and minerals sector.

In 2012 David moved into a Deputy Director role in the SMI, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary research initiatives to address the technical, environmental and social dimensions of mining and sustainability. He retired from the University in July 2016 but continues to be active as a researcher and consultant.

For the first half of 2017 he was based in Lima, Peru, where he worked with the Universidad del Pacifico to build a research capability in mining and sustainability. In 2019 he led the development of a new mining engineering curriculum for the Western Australia School of Mines (Curtin University).

In 2020 he was engaged by the Global Tailings Review to edit a compendium of research papers and commentaries to accompany the release of the Global Tailings Standard. David is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.
Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman

Principal Tailings Engineer, Golder
Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in Golder’s Perth office. He has been with Golder for over 16 years and is the Mine Waste Group Leader for Australia as well as the Leader of Golder’s global Mine Tailings and Facilities Technical Community. His main role is technical direction on tailings projects across all stages of studies and he is Engineer of Record for multiple TSFs.

Laurie Reemeyer

Principal Consultant, Resourceful Paths
Laurie Reemeyer (FAusIMM) has a Bachelor of Engineering (Minerals Process) from University of Queensland and an MBA from UC Berkeley and has over 25 years experience in base metals processing. He started his career at Mount Isa Mines and later was Metallurgy Manager at Zinifex Century Mine, where he had oversight of the tailings storage facility.

As Principal Development Advisor at Zinifex, he was responsible for process and environmental due diligence on potential base metals acquisitions globally. After completing his MBA, he spent several years at Amec Foster Wheeler in study management, process engineering and sustainability roles, before forming Resourceful Paths, a Vancouver based consultancy focused on sustainability in mining and metals. He recently provided technical support to Sedgman and New Century Resources for the reprocessing of historical tailings.
Peter Scott

Peter Scott

Director, PA Scott Consulting
Peter has over 45 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry in Australia, Asia Pacific region and Africa in geology, applied geochemistry, and data analysis. He specialises in mining waste management including: material characterisation, leachate control and fate transport modelling, baseline investigation for assessing and monitoring leachate development from mine waste, rehabilitation and remediation design for Acid Metalliferous and Saline Drainage (AMD) in mine waste facilities, development of environmental management plans for managing AMD for life of mine operation, and mining waste risk assessment. He has developed procedures using spatial analysis and mine planning software to determine and quantify reactive mine waste distribution and volumes within existing waste rock storages to enable effective cover design, remediation and closure.

Date and Time

Wednesday, 13 October 2021
9.00am (UTC+10:00)
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Member $660
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