Acid Rock Drainage Prediction


Course Length
33 hours

Edumine Courses

09 Oct 2019



Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) Prediction provides an introductory course and application reference for students, technicians, and practicing geochemists, geoscientists and other professionals who desire a solid grounding on the subject. The course provides sufficient knowledge and background to allow useful application of the presented information toward site assessment with regard to the evaluation of acid generation potential. By design, Acid Rock Drainage Prediction emphasizes the practical application of the concepts presented and limits the presentation of theory to the level required for a basic understanding of the topic.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the concepts underlying acid rock drainage prediction and to act as a resource for practitioners to become more familiar with or reaquaint themselves with the topic. For those who require a specialized theoretical background on the topic, ARD Prediction provides an exhaustive list of technical references. The companion textbook to this course which contains some of the course text and has additional references should be read in conjunction with this course: Acid Mine Drainage, Rock Drainage and Acid Sulfate Soils, causes, assessment, prediction, prevention and remediation, edited by James A Jacobs, Jay H. Lehr, Stephen M. Testa, John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Principal topics covered by the course include:

  • Chemistry, Mechanisms and Sources
  • Site Assessment and Sampling
  • Mineralogical and Geochemical Interpretation
  • Static Laboratory Tests and Interpretation
  • Kinetic Laboratory Tests and Interpretation
  • Waste Material Management
  • Case Studies in ARD Prediction


  • Chris Mills MSc P.Eng (Author)
  • Bruce Downing MSc P.Geo (Co-Author)
  • Dr. Andy Robertson P.Eng (Co-Author)


Duration: 33 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Environment
Level: Specialize
Version Date: December 15, 2014


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Course Content

ARD Prediction is structured in seven parts and a total of 29 viewing sessions of approximately 60 minutes each, plus course reviews. Current course duration is equivalent to approximately 33 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the chemistry, mechanism and sources of ARD; site assessment, sampling and available laboratory testing methods; and interpretation and prediction techniques.
  • Design and implement a sampling program, and complete a site assessment and prediction for ARD.

Recommended Background

  • Acid Rock Drainage Prediction is intended as both a course and a technical reference for an audience of mine operators, consultants, regulators, practising geoscientists and final year/graduate students in the energy, mineral and environmental sectors.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Added 22 days ago, by Anonymous
Great Curse for beginners!
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Good course with relevant information
Added 3 months ago, by Kelsie
Very interesting and full of information.
Added 5 months ago, by Anonymous
Great course. Learned a lot.
Added 6 months ago, by MHANDO
I work in a mine where ARD generation is one of the key challenges. Before this course I had some knowledge of ARD generation and prediction. Doing this course has given me more understanding of the phenomenon to the point of being able to thoroughly review ARD related reports, question ARD related recommendations, as well as providing recommendations for improvement.
Added 8 months ago, by james
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Added about 1 year ago, by Andres
It's good for a basic course on the matter. I would recommend to improve the quality of the figures. Some of them cannot be read properly or at all because of the image resolution and I would suggest to incorporate media (videos, infographics, etc.) in the course to add methodological diversity. Navigation controls could be more flexible in order to avoid coming back and forth. Also, some concepts are explained after they are used in previous lessons, so it would be useful to review the structure. Overall however, I think the information is relevant and I learned a lot.
Added about 1 year ago, by Matt

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