UWA PLUS

MINEM531 Risk Evaluation For Tailings Engineering

This micro-credential has been designed for professionals working in the field of tailings management. It is best suited to practicing engineers, geoscientists or individuals with responsibility for input into risk assessments of tailings storage facilities, although the content covered and the principles discussed will find relevance in all fields of mining geomechanics.

Participants will learn about determining what constitutes a safe design, through topics that include the Factor of Safety approach, probabilistic approaches and risk as an acceptable criterion. Topics will include uncertainty and variability, safety risk acceptance levels and the use of safety matrices, and the concepts of ALARP and frequency-consequence evaluations.

This micro-credential is part of a series of 12 micro-credentials which, if successfully completed, will lead to a Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management* at UWA.

Future Tails is a five-year initiative funded by sponsors Rio Tinto and BHP to facilitate industry understanding of best practice mine tailings management.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points - stackable for academic credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management*
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials

* In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate award you must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree or a degree in a related field and have met UWA’s English language competency requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.

Delivery mode

Online access to learning material, on demand.

Two online discussion forums will be held for students to discuss the learning material and share their own insights into the topics covered.

Course dates
Registrations are open from 1 December 2021 to 5 January 2022.
Course runs from 10 January 2022 to 13 March 2022
Effort
50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
Academic lead
Professor Andy Fourie
Cost
$1,100^ inc. GST
^Can also be taken as a non-assessed short course MINES531 for $660 inc. GST
Critical information summary
MINEM531 Risk Evaluation For Tailings Engineering [PDF 41KB]
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What you'll learn

You will learn about determining what constitutes a safe design, through topics that include the Factor of Safety approach, probabilistic approaches and risk as an acceptable criterion. Topics will include uncertainty and variability, safety risk acceptance levels and the use of safety matrices, and the concepts of ALARP and frequency-consequence evaluations. 

Participants will be able to:

Compare the factor of safety approach to probability of failure approach

Evaluate the applicability of various risk matrices to tailings storage facilities

Compare various risk acceptance criteria

Demonstrate how to achieve status of ALARP

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Why study this course?

As a result of the recent Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM), there is increasing demand for tailings professionals at the same time as the industry is experiencing a shortage of personnel with appropriate training. The GISTM will bring rapid change to the way the industry manages tailings and waste. This micro-credential and the subsequent micro-credentials will allow you to keep up with standards, technologies and guidelines dealing with tailings management.

Recommended prior knowledge

Best suited to practising engineers, geoscientists, managers or people with significant experience in tailings in an oversight capacity and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential is one of a series of twelve micro-credentials that are stackable towards the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management*.

This micro-credential is one of three on the topic of Risk Evaluation. The other two are: (1) Monitoring (including modes of failure, controls and control effectiveness) and (2) Case Studies of Failures. The Calendar of micro-credentials can be found here.

*In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate award you must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree or a degree in a related field and have met UWA's English language competency requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.

Non-assessed short course

This module is also available as a professional development course without assessment, providing online access to learning materials. Students taking it as a non-assessed short course will receive a Certificate of Participation and five professional development hours. Students will not earn UWA PD Points or be eligible for credit, and the short course will not be listed on a UWA Professional Development Transcript.