Conference Themes

  • Thickening and filtration
  • Transportation
  • Rheology
  • Surface disposal
  • Underground and backfill
  • Closure and rehabilitation
  • Case studies
  • Emerging issues and technologies

Conference Keynotes


David Corriveau
Director, Tailings
Canada’s Oil Sands innovation Alliance, Canada



Mariette Liefferink
Chief Executive Officer
Federation for a Sustainable Environment, South Africa

Selected extracts from South Africa’s environmental legislation, challenges with the management of gold tailings within the Witwatersrand gold fields and case studies



Caius Priscu
Head of Mineral Residue Facilities and Water
Anglo American, Chile


Conference Co-Chairs

Professor Andy Fourie
Professor of Civil and Mining Engineering
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Andy is a Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a PhD from Imperial College, University of London. He has worked at the University of Queensland, the University of Witwatersrand and has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated in changes to environmental legislation in South Africa. He contributed to a series of Guidelines for managing mine tailings in Australia, as well as developing a document for the International Atomic Energy Association on barrier systems for retaining uranium mining waste.

Dr Angus Paterson
Managing Director
Paterson & Cooke, South Africa

Angus is the managing director of the Cape Town office of Paterson & Cooke, having founded the company together with Dr. Robert Cooke in 1991. The company now has offices in South Africa, USA, Canada, UK, Chile and Australia.
Angus completed his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Cape Town in 1984 and continued post graduate studies, completing an MSc in 1986 and a PhD in 1991. His research work focused on the flow behaviour of high concentration backfill slurry pipelines.
Angus has been directly involved in analysis and design of slurry transport systems since 1987 and has worked on slurry pipeline projects throughout the world. These include long distance slurry pipelines, underground paste and backfill distribution systems and numerous conventional, thickened and paste tailings disposal systems.

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