A Tour through Time: Sustaining Technology through Mine Waste Management
The contributions of mining to society are taken for granted when people take off in their cars, talk on their cell phones, watch the television, cook on their stoves, and many other ordinary and extraordinary activities. Elements from the earth make our lives comfortable, healthy and safe, but the investments in people, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to produce those elements in a safe, responsible way are often overlooked by most people who benefit from the precious metals extracted from the ground. Two challenging components of mining are managing the large amounts of “tailings”, a by-product of mining and ore processing, and the significant amount of water needed to support mining activities. Tailings are waste materials generated when ore is pulverized during the mine’s milling processes, discharged in a slurry mixed with water, and dams are used to store this mixture. A series of recent tailings dam failures in the world brought attention to these important structures at mines, and the challenges of mine waste management. Advancements in technology are needed to solve this problem to sustain mining in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. This presentation will review the history and challenges of mining and waste management, the impacts on society and its response, and the variety of techniques developed to address these challenges. The types of mining and industrial waste, methods of waste management, technical challenges, and solution strategies will be discussed. The critical role of universities, including the Tailings and Industrial Waste Engineering (TailENG) graduate program at Georgia Tech will be described. Time will be allotted for participants to ask specific questions and interact with industry-recognized leaders in this exciting and challenging area of civil engineering. Students with educations in arts or sciences; anthropology, sociology or law; civil, geotechnical, environmental or mechanical engineering; chemistry, metallurgy, or materials science; geology, hydrology, or seismology; construction or computer science; business or information management; satellite telemetry and many more specialties will learn that opportunities abound in this critical, technology-hungry industry.
This CE Credit Event is 1hr 30min
Monday, April 11 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm