ICOLD 2019 Tailings Program

2019 will have a major focus on tailings dam design and best practices which will be complementary to the core ICOLD program. The Tailings Subcommittee encourages those that are involved with tailings dams to participate in the program.

  • SundayCDA workshop on Dam Safety for Mining Dams and recent updates on Guidelines
  • Monday morningTailings workshop presentations: (1) to be published Bulletin – Tailings Dam Design – Technology Update; (2) discussion of new Bulletin on Tailings Dam Safety, which articulates good design and good governance practices for tailings dam safety; and (3) Tailings Dam Surveillance. Young Engineers forum – activities.
  • TuesdayTailings Subcommittee meeting: work on new bulletins, country updates
  • Wednesday morningPlenary Sessions, which also includes a keynote on Upstream Tailings Dams
  • Wednesday afternoonTailings Symposium with 12 technical papers
  • ThursdayTechnical tour to Queen’s University: geosynthetic testing facilities and boat tour/lunch.
  • Friday morning – Workshop with Mining Association of Canada: Tailings dam governance and new update of the Operations Maintenance and Surveillance Guideline, with discussions on Critical Controls for tailings dam safety.
  • Friday afternoonWorkshop with Canadian Geotechnical Society: Tailings research and collaboration with universities with key topics of: dam break assessment, static liquefaction, co-disposal technologies and instrumentation/monitoring technologies.
  • Saturday – Monday East Tailings Tour: Canadian Malartic, Porcupine Complex and Vale Sudbury.
  • Sunday – Tuesday West Tailings Tour: Winery, Highland Valley Copper, Copper Mountain and New Afton.

Social Activities

Opening ceremony, young professionals boat cruise, cultural night, closing dinner, plus accompanying person activities.