Effective closure surface water solutions in mining

Start time: 2:30pm AEST. This event will feature approaches to management of surface water with a focus on mine closure outcomes.
Effective closure surface water solutions in mining

About the event

This event will feature approaches to management of surface water using examples of completed projects. The presentation will discuss:

- Why we need to divert creeks and rivers

- Diversions which are operational only Vs closure

- BHP’s efforts aim to minimise reduction in catchment areas

- Concept of creek capture

- Selection of design event

- Design Event Vs Design Life

- Design considerations including longitudinal slopes and revegetation

- Example of a large diversion and the thinking that goes with it.


Key takeaways

1. Importance of considering environmental and heritage values

2. Importance of considering long term environmental impacts once mine sites have been closed and climate change

3. How to improve revegetation over longer term


Who should attend

Engineers of all disciplines.


About the speaker

Iain Rea

Environmental engineer – Superintendent Water Engineering and Groundwater Modelling - Western Australia Iron Ore BHP Iron Ore

Iain has 20 years’ experience in surface water and pipeline design. After spending three years with the Water Corporation as a graduate, his focussed turned to the resource industry while working with Aquaterra where he delivered water solutions to mining clients across Australia and globally. In 2012 he joined BHP Iron Ore as Superintendent Water Engineering with responsibility for overseeing planning, design and technical performance of all WAIO dewatering and surface water schemes. He is focussed on providing practical solutions which find the right balance between maximising return on investment and achieving a quality environmental outcome.

Event Date Time
04 / 07 / 2022 02:30 pm–03:30 pm
Registration Closes
04 / 07 / 2022 03:30 pm
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Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
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