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Environmental Geochemistry Course in Skellefteå & Rovaniemi 7-8 May 2014

Environmental Geochemistry Course in Skellefteå & Rovaniemi 7-8 May 2014

Geochemical Assessment: Just a Permitting Exercise or a Foundation for Long-Term Cost Savings?

Professional Development Course

Dates: 07 May, 2014, Venue & Location: Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi, FINLAND

            08 May, 2014, Venue & Location: Stadshotell, Skellefteå, SWEDEN

Course leaders: Dr Matt Dey, Principal Consultant (Geochemical Engineering), SRK (United Kingdom)

                           Dr Andrew Barnes, Senior Consultant (Geochemistry), SRK (United Kingdom)

                           Dr Päivi Picken, Senior Consultant (Geochemistry), SRK (Sweden)

Objectives of the course

In the Nordic countries, geochemical assessment of mining waste is typically undertaken as part of the mine permitting process in accordance with adopted European Directives. This allows waste to be characterised as either inert or non-inert materials. Every mine operation is unique in terms of its geochemical characteristics, yet the management of the waste rock is often dictated by generic solutions prescribed in permitting processes. The cost benefits of effective geochemical characterisation and modelling to the project are often overlooked.

SRK are pleased to offer the following one day course aimed at providing an insight into the advantages of effective geochemical characterisation and assessment of Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching (ARDML). The course will cover the following topics:

  • Static geochemical testing: what tests are typically undertaken and why? How do these tests feed into mine planning and scheduling?
  • Kinetic geochemical testing: although infrequently used in the Nordic Region, these tests help illustrate the reactive rates of the waste being tested and produce valuable data for numerical predictions and impact assessment.
  • Quantitative numerical predictions / geochemical modelling: used to predict and assess the potential for impact. This course will give an insight into the uses, applications and limitations of numerical predictions.
  • Mitigation control: an insight into the variety of technologies and methods utilised in the control of the waste materials. Rather than utilising a prescribe solution, the course will introduce a justification for the best economic solution. This adopted solution is then fed back into the modelling, to confirm that the required environmental quality objectives can be achieved.
  • Case studies: the course will provide examples of how effective geochemical assessment has been used to develop effective waste management strategies at mines in cold climates.  

Who should attend?

The workshop is for mining industry professionals who wish to gain an awareness of geochemical assessment, numerical prediction modelling and potential mitigation options available to the mining industry.

Attendees will learn

  • The benefits of expanding a geochemical assessment programme
  • The values and limitations of predictive modelling
  • Cost effective waste mitigation and control


Morning: Overview of Geochemical Assessment and Predictions

  • European Union Mine Waste Directive and its adoption in the Nordic Region
  • Static geochemical testing
  • Kinetic geochemical testing
  • Quantitative numerical predictions

Afternoon: Overview of Mitigation Control and Practical Applications

  • Mitigation technologies
  • Justification of technology
  • Case studies

A full set of PowerPoint slides will be provided to each participant.

Course fees: 3 000 SEK (Course fees are inclusive of lunch, coffee and course material. Exclusive VAT).

Send registration details to Päivi Picken (ppicken@srk.se.com). Include the following:

  • Namn and organisation
  • Name of participant (s)
  • E-mail adress and phone number of participant (s)
  • Indicate chosen location of workhop in either Rovaniemi 7 May (Finland) or Skellefteå 8 May (Sweden)
  • Organisation´s invoicing details (address or e-mail address and receivers name, VAT number)
  • Special dietary requirements (if any)

Queries concering the course can be addressed to Päivi Picken or Richard Evans (revans@srk.se.com; moble: +46 70 6044 554)

Registation closes on 2th April 2014. Plas note that your registration is binding. Full payment is expected in case of withdrawal after 28th April 2014.

Course Leaders

Dr Matt Dey, Principal Consultant in geochemical engineering with over 17 years’ experience. He is a chartered engineer and specialises in the application of geochemistry and process engineering to a wide range of mining and engineering problems related the stabilisation of mine wastes and the treatment of discharge waters (including waste cyanide solutions, acid rock drainage and saline water). Matt has advised on and provided designs for projects in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Dr Andrew Barnes, Senior Consultant is a chartered geochemist with federation of European Geologists and has been with SRK for 6 years following completion of his PhD. Andrew specialises in numerical modelling of geochemical problems within the mining industry. Andrew has significant experience with the application of the European mine waste directive to European mining projects as well as application of numerical modelling for permitting in the Nordic Region.

Dr Päivi Picken, Senior Consultant holds a PhD and 17 years´ work experience in environmental geology, with a focus on geochemistry. Päivi has extensive experience in land-use changes including the construction, closure and monitoring of mines and minerals processing operations in the Nordic region. She has also worked with after-care of peat extraction areas and remediation of industrial and metal contaminated sites. She has been involved with management of acid sulphate soils. Päivi has characterised mineral and organic soil materials, by-products and composted organic waste. Utilisation of these materials has varied from waste rock dump cover to commercially produced growing media. She has knowledge in geochemistry and geohydrology of peatlands, including wetland applications in waste water treatment. She has also worked with other water treatment technologies, ground water protection and permitting.

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