Geomembranes in Mining
A Peruvian gold mine heap leach. Up to 40% of the world’s geomembranes are being used by the mining industry each year. Photo by Mark Smith.

Mining Engineering and Geosynthetics
Photo from NAUE Geosynthetics

Mining Engineering with Geomembranes
Photo by Mike Sadlier

The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more.
THE LIST BELOW details a number of the mining-related opportunitiees at GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. All GeoAmericas activities will take place 10 – 13 April 2016 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.


Advances in Geosynthetics for Heap Leaching
Instructors: Mark Smith, M.Sc., P.E., D.GE (RRD International); Denys Parra, M.Sc., P.E. (Anddes Associados); and Abigail Beck, M.Sc., P.E. (TRI Environmental). Learn more.


Improvement of Soil Bearing Capacity Using Geocell System for the Impala Mineral Storage Yard (Peru)
Compressive Strength Study of EPS Beads and Bottom Ash Based Geomaterial
Vaishali Badwaik, KITS, RAMTEK
Use of Bituminous Geomembrane (BGM) in Mining
Bernard Breul, Axter Coletanche Inc.
Modernization of an Oil Terminal Dock Infrastructure Using Geotextile Containment Technology: Concrete-Filled Geotextile Tubes
Angel H Diaz Jr, Geomembranas y Geosinteticos SA de CV
Construction of an Intake and Protection Structure in the Sogamoso River
Rodrigo Hernandez, PAVCO
A Bituminous Geomembrane for a Tailings Reservoir in Finland
Bernard Breul, Axter Coletanche Inc.
Effect of the Composition of Tailings on Their Dewatering Using Electrically Conductive Drain-Tube Planar Geocomposites
Patricia Dolez, SAGEOS/CTT Group
ROM Pad Retaining Wall of 30 Meters High Reinforced with Polymeric Straps for the Primary Crusher Project at a Mine in Peru
Manuel Ferrer, Maccaferri Peru
The Use of Innovative Geosynthetics to Substantially Reduce Well Pad Construction and Maintenance Costs
John Herrmann, Tencate
Retaining Earth Wall for Platform of Primary Crusher
Wilfredo Rodríguez, Freyssinet Tierra Armada Perú S.A.C
Containment and Dewatering of Mine Tailings with Geotextile Tubes at a Silver Mine in Mexico
Thomas Stephens, Tencate
The Use of Geosynthetics in Mining Applications
Kent von Maubeuge, NAUE GmbH & Co KG

Lifetime Predictions of Exposed Geotextiles and Geomembranes
Dr. Robert Koerner (Keynote), Geosynthetic Institute
Factors Affecting the Performance of GCLs Both Alone and in Composite Liners
Prof. R. Kerry Rowe, Queen’s University (Canada)
Barrier Geosynthetics: Durability, Consistency, Performance, and Sustainability
Boyd Ramsey, IGS Technical Committee on Barriers


Technical sessions at GeoAmericas 2016 with affiliated mine engineering interests in soil reinforcement and ground improvement (37 presentations), barriers and containment (33), testing of geosynthetic materials (17), drainage and filtration (15), and sustainability (7). These papers include crusher wall project stories, GCL hydraulic compatibility in mining applications, mine closure near the Arctic Circle, geoelectrical leak location surveys on mining waste caps, and more.
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GeoAmericas 2016


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