Workshop A – Tailings Dam Breach Assessment: Update on the Draft Guidance (½ day)
Saturday, October 14, 2017
, 8:30 am to 12 pm
CDA's Tailings Dam Breach Working Group (WG) under the direction of CDA Mining Dam Committee (MDC) organized workshops on tailings dam breach analyses in 2014 and 2015. These workshops captured the current state of practice in this field, and presented alternate and advanced analyses methods that are either used in practice or are in the development stage. These workshops highlighted how improved dam breach analyses enhance current dam safety practices, and identified issues or gaps to advance the current state of practice. One of the main gaps acknowledged by the WG was a lack of guidance documents that would allow the dam owners and dam professionals carry out effective and adequate dam breach assessment for their tailings dams.
Following the 2015 Workshop, the Dam Breach WG undertook an initiative to develop a Technical Bulletin that would provide guidance specific to conducting tailings dam breach assessments. The WG started its work on the Bulletin mid-2016 and has compiled a draft version to be presented at the 2017 CDA Conference.
This forum-style workshop is intended to update the tailings dam professionals, owners and regulators on the WG’s progress and present the draft Technical Bulletin, which will include an overview of the Table of Contents, tailings dam breach assessment flow chart, and discussion of the key technical steps.
The workshop will be led by several WG members. Participants will be encouraged to share their views and comments on the draft Bulletin. The WG will incorporate input from the participants prior to finalizing and publishing the Technical Bulletin.
Registration Fee for Workshop A (1/2 day): $195