Karen Hudson-Edwards

Professor, University of Exeter, UK

Heather Jamieson

Professor, Queen’s University, Canada

Rob Bowell


Chris Brough

Petrolab Ltd, UK


Minimum 10, maximum 40 delegates
Regular 4500/4800 ZAR, Students 3100 / 3400 ZAR



Most training courses for the prediction and management of contaminants in mine waste waters focus on their bulk geochemistry, and on acid pH systems. However, it is the mine waste minerals that control the geochemical mobility of metallic and metalloid contaminants in acid, neutral and basic mine drainage. There is a need for the water sector to have a better understanding of the main types of minerals in mine waste of a range of pH conditions, the techniques used to study them, and the major processes of mineral formation and dissolution. This information will arm professionals with the capability to protect mining-affected environments from the potentially toxic effects of contaminants.

The target audience comprises mining and exploration company, consultant, government and academic professionals concerned with the mobility prediction, management and remediation of contaminants in mine wastes.

The workshop programme is as follows

Title Lead
Welcome and Introduction Karen Hudson-Edwards
Lecture 1. The environmental mineralogy of mine wastes Karen Hudson-Edwards
Lecture 2. Data collection for mine waste minerals: Field and laboratory studies Heather Jamieson
Lecture 3. Geochemical and mineralogical analysis of mine waste minerals Karen Hudson-Edwards and Heather Jamieson
Lecture 4. Use of environmental mineralogy in prediction of environmental impacts of mine wastes Rob Bowell
Practical session 1. Determination of environmental mineralo- gy of pH neutral mine wastes All
Lecture 5. Use of automated and process mineralogy to char- acterize mine wastes for Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility mine design Chris Brough
Practical session 2. Revolving mismatched static and kinetic test predictions for mine waste scenarios using multi- mineralogical datasets Chris Brough

The outcomes of the workshop will be (i) knowledge of the range, reactivities and contaminant uptake capability of environmental minerals that occur in mine wastes; (ii) theoretical and practical experience in the mineralogical and geochemical analysis of mine waste minerals, and in the use of these data in the prediction and mitigation of mine waste environmental impacts; (iii) an appreciation of the environmental mineralogy of understudied neutral and basic pH mine wastes. The water sector will benefit by the training of professionals in the latest state-of-the-art in mine waste mineralogy techniques, findings, practices and literature.

The materials that will be distributed to attendees will be course notes, practical exercises and links to an on-line repository containing these and other resources – reprints of papers, bibliography list.