Short Courses



These six short courses provide registrants with an understanding of the fundamentals of tailings management. All courses will be offered online and all content will be available both synchronously and asynchronously.

Course 1:
Fundamentals of Tailings Engineering

  • Tailings generation (mineral processing, tailings production)
  • Tailings characterization (physical and geochemical characterization)
  • Tailings continuum and rheology (separation, dewatering, thickening, and filtering)
  • Tailings operations and geotechnics (overview of design)
  • Tailings innovation and minimization
  • 15 Contact hours

Course 2:
TSF Planning, Siting and Design Concepts

  • External factors affecting TSF planning and siting
  • TSF facility types and components (impoundments, liner systems and seepage control)
  • Construction and operations (tailings transport and deposition)
  • TSF planning and siting (site selection process)
  • Site investigations and sampling (geologic, geotechnical, borrow materials)
  • 15 Contact hours

Course 3:
TSF Geotechnical Design, Instrumentation and Monitoring

  • Key components of a design cross section
  • Effective stresses and pore water pressure monitoring
  • Static and dynamic loading conditions (long-term drained, undrained, post-earthquake and pseudo static)
  • Static and dynamic stability, and sensitivity and deformation analyses
  • TSF surveillance, performance monitoring and inspections
  • 15 Contact hours

Course 4:
TSF Water Management

  • Hydrologic and hydrogeologic considerations in siting and TSF water management
  • Development and implementation of TSF and mine water management plans
  • Building, calibrating and applying TSF water balances to support improved decision making
  • Geochemical considerations for tailings management, water quality and AMD/metal leaching
  • Seepage management (including hydraulic containment, active and passive water treatment technologies)
  • Environmental performance framework and regulatory processes
  • 15 Contact hours

Course 5:
TSF Operation and Governance

  • Tailings Stewardship including corporate stewardship, communication and emotional IQ
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of tailings stewards
  • Tailings management systems, operation, maintenance, and surveillance (OMS), and documentation
  • TSF monitoring systems and data analysis
  • TSF Risk Management and emergency action plans (EAP)
  • Comparison of applicable international standards
  • 15 Contact hours

Course 6:
TSF Closure and Reclamation

  • TSF decommissioning and closure (environmental, social, legal, and financial components, life of mine phases)
  • Tailings management for closure during operations
  • TSF closure planning (characterization of mine waste characterization, covers, landform design)
  • TSF closure management plans (baseline data, socio-economic planning, objectives, site trials)
  • TSF decommissioning, closure, and post-closure monitoring (planning and management requirements)
  • Closure cost estimates, environmental liability, and financial assurance instruments
  • 15 Contact hours