The Fundamentals of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage

The Fundamentals of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage

Brief Short Course Overview

The aim of this short course is to help attendees develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of AMD generation processes and management options, including:  characterisation, classification, prediction, prevention and control, remediation and treatment.  The course will be ideal for mining industry environmental and mine planning practitioners, mining regulators and post graduate students.

While this is an introductory course, it could also be regarded as a refresher course for those who may already have some level of knowledge or experience of AMD, and/or who are currently dealing with AMD issues as part of their job but who lack the disciplinary background in certain areas.  Searching the internet or trying to find answers through self-learning can sometimes lead to fundamental misconceptions that could remain throughout one’s career.  There are, for example, many versions of material characterisation tests and many approaches for interpreting the results from those tests.  This course, delivered by a group of recognised global experts on this issue from industry and academia, will cover the main topics in a clear and logical structure which all participants will be able to follow.  The topics will be presented in an interactive manner, using real case studies from around the world.  While you will be introduced to the key principles required for understanding and managing AMD, the specialists will also introduce you to the latest thinking around effective remediation of existing AMD legacies and the latest approaches to planning new mine sites to avoid future impacts.

This course is offered on behalf of the organisers of the AMD Workshop to enhance the benefits from the talks presented during the workshop, to encourage attendees to participate and contribute to the discussions during the course of the workshop, and to maximise learnings from the site visits on Wednesday 22 November.  It is also an opportunity to meet and socialise with some of the world experts in various aspects of AMD management.   

This short course is coordinated by Dr Jeff Taylor (Earth Systems) in consultation with the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

Course presenters:

  • Dr Alan Robertson, RGS Environmental
  • Mr Peter Scott
  • Dr Paul Brown, Rio Tinto
  • Dr Mansour Edraki, Sustainable Minerals Institute  
  • Dr Bruce Kelley, International Network for Acid Prevention, Founder & Coordinator
  • Mr Gilles Tremblay, International Network for Acid Prevention, Technical Manager
  • Dr Jeff Taylor, Earth Systems
  • Prof Ward Wilson, University of Alberta
  • Dr Andrew Garvie, SRK
  • Prof David Williams, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Marilena Stimpfl, EGi


Short Course Outline

  1. Overview of AMD issues and resources
  2. Introduction to chemistry 
  3. Characterisation (Static test work) and classification
  4. AMD risk block models 
  5. Kinetic testwork 
  6. Waste rock management 
  7. Tailings storage facility management 
  8. Managing AMD from underground mines 
  9. Passive and active treatment
  10. Monitoring programs
  11. Case study and questions 
  12. Finish (Drinks)