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Landform Design and Modelling for Best Practice in Mine Rehabilitation

In September 2018, the Faculty of Geology, Complutense University, Spain will be running a summer course on  Landform Design and Modelling for Best Practice in Mine Rehabilitation.  The course will cover the latest developments in Geomorphic Design and Landscape Evolution Modelling – the natural approach to rehabilitating disturbed land.

This course is well suited to engineers and designers involved in mine closure and interested to learn more about current and future Best Practice in Mine Rehabilitation at an international level.

The course will be held in English and is open to all interested parties.

When:     18 –  21st Sept 2018
Where:    Faculty of Geology of the Complutense University
Cost:      1000 € for professionals / 400 € for students

For more information – please download the attached pdf file

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Brisbane Seminar – 7th Dec – Uni of Queensland – Geomorphic Rehabilitation

We are pleased to announce that Assoc. Prof. José F. Martín Duque  from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain will be presenting a Seminar at the University of Queensland on 

“Sustainable Mining through Geomorphic Rehabilitation”

When :  Thursday 7th December,  10-11am (45 min +15 min discussion)

Where : SMI located in the Sir James Foots Building (Bldg. 47A) – Room: SMI seminar room on level 4 of the building

Please feel welcome to join the Seminar and learn about Prof Martin Duque’s experiences with Geomorphic Rehabilitation in Spain and South America, and the work he has recently completed a the University of Newcastle, NSW investigating  the synergy of Geomorphic Landform design with SIBERIA Landform Modelling.

Free Seminar – 24th Nov – Uni of Newcastle – Geomorphic Rehabilitation

Assoc. Prof. José F. Martín Duque  from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain is currently a visitor researcher  at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences) and the Tom Farrell Institute, The University of Newcastle

Will be presenting a Seminar on Sustainable Mining through Geomorphic Rehabilitation

Rod Eckels and Jose Martin Duque

When: Friday 24th November at 2:15pm

Where: University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, Hunter Building, Room HB15

Cost: FREE

Hosted by Global Centre for Environmental Remediation



Mining is necessary for maintaining society’s current lifestyle and it will continue to grow at a global scale, even if the use of some mineral resources may decline. However, mining can be detrimental to public health and safety, and may cause damage to the environment (on-site and off-site effects), due to mining-related removal of soils and vegetation and concomitant increased erosion, creation of large amounts of wastes and/or associated acid mine drainage (AMD) or increased suspended sediment loads in downstream waterways. The generation of solid and liquid wastes and the discharge of these wastes on to land and into waterways are arguably the greatest impacts on the environment associated with mining.

Geomorphology provides a very useful framework for understanding and quantifying stability and changes in erosion and sedimentation at those sites, which is the root of the release to wastes to the environment. But also for designing and building stable functional landforms in mine rehabilitation, process that can be improved through modelling and monitoring. These landscape design and reconstruction techniques are called Geomorphic Rehabilitation. This new branch of knowledge and practice dates back only to 1980, and has been expanded mostly since their successful application at active coal mines in New Mexico (United States) since the year 2000. GeoFluv – Natural Regrade is one common method of Geomorphic Rehabilitation, but not the only one. On its counterpart, Australia has the most extensive set of scientific papers and handbooks dealing with landform design and stability in mine rehabilitation, mostly due the application of the Landscape Evolution Model SIBERIA for this purpose. Current cutting-edge research in this field tries to merge landform design and modelling methods and packages, increasing their capabilities.

The question whether mining can be truly sustainable is difficult to answer. However, the presenter’s thesis is that it is very difficult to be sustainable if it does not properly consider landform design and modelling to reach functional stability. This is the catchment scale, since most landscape and ecological processes are driven by hydrological dynamics within drainage basins – the most common unit of landscape organization at ice-free lands on Earth.

The presentation will be illustrated with Geomorphic Rehabilitation examples from the European Union —where this technique is already considered Best Available Technique for the Management of Waste from the Extractive Industries—and from South America.

Natural Regrade 2018 features

Please view this link to view a recently released 13 minute video that provides an overview of Natural Regrade and the latest software features that have been implemented in 2018.

Dr. Yaron Ziv visits USA Natural Regrade reclamation sites

Dr. Yaron Ziv of Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, toured Natural Regrade reclamation sites on March 2017 with Nicholas Bugosh, developer of the GeoFluv™ reclamation design method that is used in Carlson Software’s Natural Regrade.

Bugosh accompanied Dr. Ziv as they viewed more than 2000 acres of mining-disturbed lands at active and fully reclaimed mine sites to see how companies are efficiently constructing these functional landforms during mining and how the land has responded after reclamation.

Dr. Ziv, a spatial ecologist, was very impressed that the reclaimed land provided ecological niches that support a diverse ecosystem and that the sites have withstood extreme storms (approaching 200-year recurrence interval) without requiring maintenance and repair.

Following the tour, Dr. Ziv said he was excited about the opportunities to use Natural Regrade with the GeoFluv method for proposed large mining projects in the Israeli desert.

Reclamation Tour March 2017