Infrastructure Thought Leaders series: Safe Construction of Tailing Dams VIC

*Webinar Available* Join us as we hear from Industry Experts about the current discussions surrounding the safe construction of tailing dams and the importance of regulatory guidelines and standards.
Infrastructure Thought Leaders series: Safe Construction of Tailing Dams VIC

Join us as we hear from Industry Experts about the current discussions surrounding the safe construction of tailing dams and the importance of regulatory guidelines and standards.

The move towards lined storages for tailing and waste rock dams has introduced a new range of design challenges for geosynthetic lining systems. Recent events such as the tailing dam collapse in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais Brazil in late January 2019, have highlighted the devastating human and environmental impact of ill-constructed dams, and draw attention to the importance of further geotechnical regulation into the design, construction, operation and closure of tailing storage facilities.

In this seminar our keynote speaker, David Williams will outline the regulatory requirements for tailing facilities and the frequency and financial impacts of tailing dam failures, drawing from case studies.

Our other industry speakers will discuss the importance of geosynthetic reinforcement in successfully facilitating dewatering and closure of tailing dams and will outline the testing options available to model site conditions.

Key themes covered:

  • Safe construction of tailing dams
  • Recycling/waste and containment solutions
  • Regulatory guidelines and standards for tailing dams
  • ANCOLD guidelines
  • Victorian Standards

Preliminary Program

1745: Registration for a 6.00pm sharp: Event start 
1800 - 1805: Welcome Address
1805 - 1935: Presentations with 5 min Q&A after each
1935 - 1940: Closing Address
1940 - 2000: Networking, drinks, and nibbles


David Williams

Prof David Williams FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Golder Professor of Geomechanics and Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre
School of Civil Engineering | University of Queensland

Professor David Williams initiated and directs the industry-sponsored Geotechnical Engineering Centre within the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, with industry funding of the order of $600,000/year, and University matching funding of the order of $300,000/year.  The Centre supports unique Civil & Geotechnical Engineering and Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Degree Programs, which graduate up to 65 students per year, and has up to 40 PhD students.  Professor Williams is also the Manager of the Large Open Pit Project.  David’s primary research and consulting interests lie in the application of geotechnical principles to the management and rehabilitation of mine wastes, for which he enjoys an international reputation.


Marc Amstberg

Marc Amtsberg
Sector Manager Mining and Containment | Geofabrics Australasia Pty Ltd

Marc Amtsberg is the Manager of the Geofabrics Australasia Waste and Containment Sector. Having worked for a decade in various disciplines as a consultant in the Australian Mining industry, a key aspect of his current role is to provide design and advice for performance of Geosynthetics in Lining and Capping systems for Landfill and Tailings. These systems are now being used to contain contaminants in geotechnical conditions that present increasing environmental risk, and as such the design evaluation is moving further away from accessible technical literature and historical testing towards a model based on actual site compatibility data. A key component this role is utilising site specific compatibility tests, to enable improved design evaluation and lower long-term risk.


Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson
CEO Geosynthetic Institute | TenCate Geosynthetics Sdn Bhd

Chris Lawson is the Technical Director for Ten Cate Geosynthetics Group. Chris received his Engineering Degrees from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has worked in the field of geosynthetics for 35 years in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. During this period, he has served on a number of international organizations developing Standards and Codes of Practice, including BS8006 a British Standard Code of Practice for Soil Reinforcement. Chris has acted as technical advisor on many large scale geosynthetics projects in the field of embankments, reinforced soil applications, coastal, hydraulic, environmental engineering and mining applications in Australia, Asia and Europe. He is the author of over 50 technical papers on geosynthetics, geotechnical, hydraulic, marine and environmental engineering. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposia. He is an ex-Council Member of the International Geosynthetics Society. In 2006, Chris was invited to present the Third Giroud Lecture at the 8th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Yokohama, Japan.


Canapes and refreshments will be provided.

Who should attend
Geomechanic Engineers, Mining Engineers, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Soil Mechanics Engineers, Risk and Hazard Management Engineers

This seminar will count towards 2 CPD points. 





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30 / 05 / 2019 - 05:45 pm to 08:15 pm
Registration Closes
30 / 05 / 2019 05:45 pm
Engineers Australia
Level 31
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne - Webinar Available
Physical Registration
  • Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Professor David Williams
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