The conference program will include the following excellent keynote speakers:
Topic: Design of geomembranes for tailings impoundments
Ed Kavazanjian, Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Kavazanjian’s expertise includes geotechnical engineering for infrastructure development and design of waste containment systems, with a focus on their seismic design. He is co-author of guidance documents on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering for Highways for FHWA and Seismic Design for Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Facilities for the EPA. Dr. Kavazanjian has delivered keynote addresses and papers on seismic design of landfills, the durability of engineered barriers for waste containment, and the mechanical properties of municipal solid waste. His research includes the newly emerging area of biogeotechnical soil improvement. He currently serves on the National Research Council Board of Earth Sciences and Resources as the Chair of the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering.
Topic: Geosynthetic filter performance
Dr. R. Jonathan Fannin, Professor and Associate Head (Graduate Programs), University of British Columbia Civil Engineering, Canada
Jonathan Fannin is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, and currently serves as the Associate Head for Graduate Programs. He obtained a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a D. Phil. (Geotechnical Engineering) from the University of Oxford for studies on geosynthetics for soil stabilisation. Thereafter, he joined the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Foundation Engineering Section. He moved to the University of British Columbia, joining the faculty in 1989, and attaining promotion to Full Professor in 2001. Dr. Fannin is the recipient of many national and international awards, including the 4th International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Award for contributions of laboratory and field research to engineering practice, a CGS Quigley Award for the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, a Karl Terzaghi Fellowship from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and most recently, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow award from the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering. His professional service has included Chair of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Geosynthetics Division, Board Member of the North American Geosynthetics Society, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He became a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2013.
Topic: Geosynthetic solutions from landfills applicable to mines (Abstract)
Dr. Robert C. Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, GeoSyntec Consultants, USA
Dr. Robert Bachus, PE, is a principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of professional experience. His practice focuses on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities. He provides analysis, design, and forensic investigation services on projects related to these practice areas. He also provides expert consultation on matters in litigation.
Topic: Earthquakes and geosynthetics in mining (Abstract)
Neven Matasovic, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., Principal, GeoSyntec Consultants, USA
Dr. Matasovic is a consulting geotechnical and earthquake engineer whose expertise includes design and stability evaluation of earthfill, rockfill, and tailings dams, waste/tailings containment systems, and Superfund sites. He is the recipient of the 2001 Prakash Foundation Award for excellence in practice of geotechnical earthquake engineering. He has delivered several keynote addresses and state-of-the-art papers on waste containment systems and landfill engineering, including a keynote address on Seismic Design of Geosynthetically-Lined Waste Containment Systems at the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics. He is co-author of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance document Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering for Highways and the Environmental Protection Agency guidance document RCRA Subtitle D (40CFR258) Seismic Design Guidance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Facilities. He is also the developer of the computer program D-MOD2000 used in nonlinear effective-stress site response analysis.
Topic: Geosynthetics in heap leach facility design and operation (Abstract)
Allan Breitenbach, P.E., Principal Geotechnical Engineer Environment and Sustainability, Ausenco, USA
Mr. Breitenbach is an authority on heap leach pad geomembrane liner designs and lined rock fill dams with 40 years of geotechnical engineering experience, which includes 30 years of mining projects involving geomembrane lined high fill load structures. Mr. Breitenbach has published more than 60 technical papers and presentations on the design and construction of heap leach pads and the evaluation and prevention of lined slope failures. He offers his years of liner design experience to this heap leach conference keynote speech with his historic perspective of the long journey since the early 1980’s in making pad liner slope failures finally come to agreement with laboratory liner test strengths and theoretical slope stability analyses.
Topic: A bituminous geomembrane for use in mine construction (Abstract)
Bernard Breul, Coletanche Technical Director, Axter Coletanche, USA
Mr. Breul is a civil engineer with a diploma of Polytechnic School of Switzerland. Mr. Breul, based in Paris, France, has 35 years of experience in civil works (France, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Sudan, Egypt, New Caledonia, Canada, USA and Australia) and 20 years of experience in geosynthetics with Bituminous Liner Coletanche. Mr. Breul has co-authored many papers in different international conferences in Europe, Russia, South and North America.
Topic: International perspectives on mines geosynthetics use and opportunities (Abstract)
Mark Smith, P.E., G.E., D.GE., President, RRD International Corp and Board Member, Brazilian Nickel, USA
Mark Smith is a geotechnical engineer with 35 years of experience in gold, silver, copper, uranium and nickel. In 1986 he founded Vector Engineering, a key engineering group for heap leaching and tailings management. He is also on the boards of directors for Brazilian Nickel, Alyssum Ventures and Piteau Associates Peru and Chile. Mark earned degrees from the University of California, Davis and the University of Nevada, Reno (B.Sc. and M.Sc., respectively, in Geotechnical Engineering). He is a registered engineer (civil, geotechnical and structural) in 5 U.S. states, holds a Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering from ASCE/AGP, and is a Registered Member of SME. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering, and worked for the California Board of Registration on the development of their geotechnical engineer license program.
Mark has authored or co-authored scores of papers on heap leaching, tailings management, mine closure and related issues. He is on the editorial advisory committee for Geosynthetics magazine and has consulted on hundreds of mining and mineral processing projects worldwide. He has worked with most of the Tier 1 and mid-tier mining companies, including Tech, Freeport, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo, Barrick, Newmont, Xstrata and Vale. He has participated with the design and operations of most of the gold and copper heap leach projects in Peru, Chile and Argentina, as well as several projects in Colombia, Brazil and Central America.
Topic: Thirty years of geosynthetics in tailings management (Abstract)
Matt Fuller, Founding Principal, Tierra Group International, USA
Mr. Fuller is a Licensed Engineering Geologist and a Founding Principal of Tierra Group International, Ltd. Matt’s professional experience spans more than 30 years providing geological, geotechnical, geo-environmental and geological hazards consulting services to the international mining industry. Matt specializes in providing tailings stewardship; designing, constructing, operating, decommissioning, closing and reclaiming tailings storage facilities, water and sediment storage dams, waste rock dumps and heap leach pads; including due diligence, forensic studies and expert peer review. In addition to mine development and operations experience, Matt is well versed in the Equator Principles and has consulted international regulatory agencies to ensure environmentally and socially sustainable mine development, operations, closure and reclamation.