On behalf of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) and the 2020 Tailings Dam Operators Forum Organising Committee, I invite you to join us in Gladstone, Queensland for the 2020 ANCOLD Tailings Dam Operators Forum from 10–11 September 2020.
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 September 2020.
2020 ANCOLD Dam Operators Forum Convenor
|Early Bird Registration||Opening Soon|
|Preliminary Program Released||17 July|
|Early Bird Registration Closes||31 July|
|Final Program Released||7 August|
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)|
IMPORTANT NOTE | COVID-19
The Local Organising Committee will continue to monitor the State and Federal Government’s response to COVID-19. Should the majority of state borders remain closed, then consideration will be made to postponing this event. Given this is a forum style event, it’s inherent value lies in the face-to-face sharing of experiences and networking, not just the content of presentations. Therefore at this stage we are not offering online attendance.
The health and safety of our community remains very important to us. At this time the ANCOLD 2020 Tailings Dam Operators Forum is still scheduled as planned September 10 & 11, 2020 in Gladstone, Queensland.
We are continuously monitoring and evaluating COVID-19 updates and will follow guidelines and policies put forward by the Australian Government Department of Health and Australian Federal and State Governments. The main priority is the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and delegates and we will provide consistent updates on this site as they become available.
The Local Organising Committee will analyse alternatives including postponement should any changes to the program become necessary due to advice and restrictions still in place at that time.
Given this is a forum style event, it’s inherent value lies in the face-to-face sharing of experiences and networking, not just the content of presentations. Therefore at this stage we are not offering online attendance.