Billions of tons of mine tailings are added to tailings storage facilities every year. Tailings dams are at constant risk of failure, and our ability to simulate those failures is crucial in arming planners and emergency responders with data needed to save lives.

In Part 1 of this 2-part webinar, our expert presenters will demonstrate best practices for reflecting the hydraulic characteristics of non-Newtonian flow in 1D, 2D, and 3D models.

We will address how recent advances in hardware and software allow more accurate prediction of failure mechanisms and inundation zones.

We will also present a case study of the tragic Brumadinho Dam failure, comparing the results of five different modelling software applications that have been calibrated against observations of the event.

For those interested in a deeper dive with software-specific parameter selection, we invite you to also sign up for our Premium Webinar: Tailings dam failure essentials - Part 2, see below for details.

Part 1 is free to attend and runs from 9:00 am to 9:50 am Sydney time; following a 10-minute break, the Premium Webinar Part 2 runs from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Sydney time.


Wednesday, 14 August 2024
9:00am (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)
Cost Free
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Stanford Gibson

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center

Dr. Stanford Gibson is the sediment specialist at the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) where he has worked for twenty years. He is responsible for implementing the sediment transport capabilities i... Read more

Greg Collecutt


Greg is Team TUFLOW’s senior GPU code developer and has over 25 years’ experience in writing scientific modelling software. He has degrees in both mechanical engineering and theoretical physics, b... Read more

Jim O'Brien

Riada Engineering

Dr. O’Brien received his PhD from Colorado State University in 1986.  He was a senior hydraulic engineer with Tetra Tech for 16 years before starting Riada Engineering, Inc. and FLO-2D Software, In... Read more

Panel Members

Krey Price

International Water Training Institute

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more

Heather Thomson

SRK Consulting

Heather Thomson is a civil engineer with 14 years of experience specialising in tailings and mine waste.  She has led and reviewed numerous tailings dam breach studies and is experienced in failure m... Read more

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