The ANCOLD Tailings Dam Operators Forum has been postponed to 12-14 May 2021. The Local Organising Committee have remained optimistic of holding this event in 2020, however the continued restrictions on travel and the venue’s limited capacity have left no option but to postpone this event. ANCOLD are committed to this forum which has now been rescheduled to the 12-14 May 2021.
The Organising committee and the ANCOLD Executive believe that this is the best option to provide the best possible, safe event for all attendees. We are particularly grateful to the sponsors that have committed to this event this year and we are looking forward to making this event a “Must-do” training and networking event for all tailings dam operators in 2021.
We are still accepting abstracts/summaries from those that are interested in presenting and encourage Operators to share their experiences. The site visit of QAL’s Tailings Dams will be a highlight and something all tailings dam operators will be interested in, given the size and the different management technologies that are being used at this site.
This forum is for operators to share experiences (good and bad) rather than a technical/engineering focussed conference. It aims to provide recognised training for tailings dam operators (optional Cert III) and knowledge sharing to improve your tailings knowledge network.
With the enormous focus on Tailings Dam Design and Construction over recent years, the challenges facing the operators of tailings dams is often overlooked. The global tailings industry and stakeholders have acknowledged that a step-change is required to eliminate failures such as the recent events that have occurred in Brazil, Mt Polley (Canada) and Cadia. It is noted that there have been 7 additional tailings dam failures since the Brumadinho failure in Brazil on 25 January 2019.
On 25 June 2020, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was endorsed by all stakeholders involved with the Global Tailings Review. This standard establishes robust requirements for the safer management of both existing and new tailings facilities globally. A session at this forum will focus on the operational aspects of the Global Standard.
Tailings management attracts extremely passionate people, and this forum invites like-minded attendees to participate in an open environment to benefit from others’ successes and learnings. This national forum aims to bring together the ‘front line’ of tailings dams to openly discuss their experiences with the outcome of improving awareness of tailings management systems and operational safety.
Located in Gladstone in Central Queensland, attendees will enjoy the seaside atmosphere and be able to see the results of some of Australia’s largest resource projects over the last decade. Gladstone also is home to one of the world’s largest ‘red-mud’ tailings dams at Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) which will be the focus of the second day site tour.
In the true spirit of managing uncertainty we are committed to holding this forum. The Organising Committee will continue to monitor the latest available advice regarding COVID-19 from State and Federal Governments leading up to the event. Should ongoing restrictions impact the ability to safely hold this forum as planned, it will be rescheduled to a safer date.
We urge those who are interested in attending and participating to register early for the forum as COVID restrictions may reduce the number of allowable attendees.
In line with current messaging – “We are in this together” – A fitting theme for the response to the recent Tailings Dam Failures and the current Pandemic.
We are looking forward to hearing about your Tailings Operation, so please join us in Gladstone in May 2021.
2021 ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum Convenor
|Early Bird Registration||Now Open|
|Preliminary Program Released||12 March 2021|
|Early Bird Registration Closes||9 April 2021|
|Final Program Released||16 April 2021|
Local Organising Committee
|Symon Jackson - Convenor
(Red Earth Engineering)
|Peter Richter (Rio Tinto)|
|Stephen Downes (Glencore)|
|Kate Brand (BHP/BMA)|
|Sean Sullivan (QAL)|
|Dale Hone (BHP)|
|David Brett (GHD)|