Tailings Dams – What Might the Future Hold? - Geological Distinguished Lecture
Tailings Dams – What Might the Future Hold?
By Dr. Angela G. Küpper
Thursday, March 14th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
(refreshments and mingling from 6:00 to 7:00 pm)
ESB 1013, Earth Science Building, University of British Columbia
Public lecture, all are welcome
This year the selected topic is “tailings dams.” These are difficult times for the mining industry and for tailings dam engineering in particular, given the recent failures that caused loss of life and damage to the environment. This talk will discuss in general terms the current situation and where the industry could be going from here. Challenges and opportunities in design, construction and operation of tailings facilities that affect risk management will be discussed.
Dr. Küpper has 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. She has worked on many mining projects (pit wall design, tailings management technologies, design and construction of tailings dams, waste dump design, mine closure), on hydroelectric and other water retention dams, slope stability and remediation, landfills, pulp and paper, risk assessments. She has been in charge of large multidisciplinary projects in North America, South America, and Africa. Dr. Küpper has acted in independent review capacities and reviews boards for several clients in Canada and internationally. She has also participated in several professional committees (including an update of the Canadian Dam Guidelines) and societies. She has acted as Vice President Technical of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and has received several awards, including being selected as the 2011 Industry Lecturer for the ASCE/University of California Berkeley Geo-Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series.