Large Volume Waste short course in Ghana

Management of Large Volume Waste in the resources sector is the topic of a November short course in the mining city of Tarkwa in Ghana.

The week-long program involves 20 representatives from government and academic institutions from around Africa.

The aim of the program is to provide an understanding of design, management and monitoring principles for large volume waste facilities associated with mining operations, across the full life cycle of a mine.

The management of large volume waste is a critical element in both minimising long-term environmental risks and liabilities, which can arise from poor management of such facilities, and also maximising opportunities for post-mining land use.

The program addresses management of waste facilities and site rehabilitation from technical and policy viewpoints. 

Core topics include:

  • Mining practices and solid waste production
  • Mining waste placement and containment structures
  • Risk prevention and management
  • Monitoring and regulatory requirements
  • Covers
  • Environmental management
  • Rehabilitation of waste facilities.

The course is presented in partnership with The University of Mines and Technology, Ghana and led by Winthrop Professor Andy Fourie from the School of Civil and Resource Engineering at The University of Western Australia, with support from Dr Longbin Huang from The University of Queensland’s SMI Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation.