Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) or Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) represents the single biggest environmental issue facing the mining industry worldwide.  The issue can become particularly problematic post mine closure.  Unfortunately, treatment of mine drainage in perpetuity is becoming a more routine solution to this problem.  The purpose of forums such as the Australian AMD Workshop is to discuss, devise and implement proactive strategies for minimising and avoiding AMD during mining operations, so that unpalatable options such as treatment in perpetuity can be avoided.

The University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has been actively involved in the design and organisation of the Australian AMD Workshops for close to 20 years.  This forum is designed to bring together mine planners, engineers and environmental specialists from mining companies, mining regulators, specialist geochemical and geotechnical consultants, researchers and graduate students.  Together, these stakeholders are able propose, design, test, implement and document solutions that can then be prescribed by regulators.

In order to help recruit and train new members to this technical cohort, as well as introduce the latest thinking, concepts and technologies to experienced members, SMI has been providing AMD short courses the day preceding the workshops for many years.  The short course is designed to introduce participants to all of the key steps required to understand, characterise, classify and manage AMD.  A strong focus will be on management measures for dealing with water quality issues from all of the routine sources.  Key AMD generating domains typically include waste rock piles, tailings storage facilities, heap leach pads, ore stockpiles, concentrate stockpiles, opencuts (walls and floors) and underground mine voids.  Participants can expect to come away with a significantly improved understanding of their options for assessing and managing AMD risk.

The short course is presented by 11 internationally recognised AMD specialists, who have been working in the field for many years.  Each is familiar with all aspects of AMD but has been asked to focus on one topic only for the course.  The final session of the short course is dedicated to answering any questions you may have regarding the course content, or any query that is pertinent to clarifying an existing AMD issue.  To help answer your questions, feel free to bring along some of your data if you are happy to share it with the group.


Course Presenters

Dr Bruce Kelley, International Network for Acid Prevention, Founder & Coordinator

Mr Gilles Tremblay, International Network for Acid Prevention, Technical Manager

Dr Mansour Edraki, Sustainable Minerals Institute 

Prof David Williams, The University of Queensland

Dr Paul Brown, Rio Tinto

Dr Marilena Stimpfl, BHP

Dr Alan Robertson, RGS

Dr Claire Linklater, SRK

Mr Mike O’Kane, OKane Consultants

Mr Peter Scott, Independent Consultant

Dr Jeff Taylor, Earth Systems

Structure, Content and Schedule for the AMD short course




9:00-9:05 am

Mansour Edraki

Jeff Taylor

Introduction to Venue.

Welcome to Country.

Structure and Content of AMD short course

9:05-9:20 am

Jeff Taylor

Introduction to Identifying, Assessing, Quantifying, Classifying, Managing, Preventing and Treating AMD.

9:20-9:35 am

Gilles Tremblay

Bruce Kelley

The role of INAP in the international AMD management community.

9:35-10:05 am

Paul Brown

An Introduction to AMD Chemistry and Mineralogy.

10:05-10:30 am

Marilena Stimpfl

Mine Material Characterisation and Classification (Static Geochemical Testwork Methods).

10:30-10:50 am


10:50-11:20 am

Alan Robertson

Developing and using AMD Risk Block Models.

11:20-11:45 am

Claire Linklater

Clarifying the Geochemical Behaviour of Mine Materials over time (Kinetic Geochemical testwork Methods).

11:45 am-12:30 pm

Mike O’Kane

Building Better Waste Rock Piles (AMD Management for mine waste rock).

12:30-1:30 pm


1:30-2:15 pm

David Williams (30)

Mansour Edraki (15)

Lowering AMD generation from tailings materials (AMD Management for Tailings Storage Facilities).

2:15-2:45 pm

Jeff Taylor

Managing and Preventing AMD from underground mines.

2:45-3:00 pm

David Jones

Assessment of AMD treatment options, their limitations and benefits.

3:00-3:20 pm


3:20-3:50 pm

David Jones

Assessment of AMD treatment options, their limitations and benefits – passive and active approaches.

3:50-4:30 pm

Peter Scott

Monitoring to assist with AMD assessment and management – a how to guide.

4:30 pm-5:00pm

All Presenters

Open Forum Questions.  Bring along some of your site issues and put some hard questions to the panel.  See how the training can be implemented.

5:00 pm