Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining

12 modules


Course Length
11 hours

Edumine Courses

06 Dec 2019



This course is intended for those who have to model groundwater conditions at mines, as well as those who have to review and approve groundwater models. It is also intended for all who may have to make decisions about mines on issues that are controlled or affected by groundwater and the modeling of mine groundwater conditions. Finally, the course is intended for all who may be interested in or affected by groundwater at mines worldwide.

These are the primary topics of this course.

  • Mine groundwater conceptual models
  • Setting up a mine-related groundwater model
  • Calibrating the conceptual model
  • Making predictions about future groundwater conditions during and after mining
  • Open pits and groundwater
  • Underground mines and groundwater
  • Tailings, waste rock, and leach pad facilities and groundwater
  • Mines, groundwater, and environmental impact

Groundwater modeling examples in this course are provided by Soilvision Systems.


  • Jack Caldwell
  • Bernard Brixel


Duration: 11 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Geotechnics
Level: Specialize
Version Date: March 22, 2013


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Course Content

The course comprises 16 learning sessions, each of 30 to 60 minutes duration, plus supporting examples, figures, tables and references, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 11 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the basic principles of groundwater modeling.
  • Recognize how to select and formulate a groundwater model to simulate real mining conditions.
  • Evaluate the results of groundwater modeling in the context of real mining conditions.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in engineering, geology, geotechnics or equivalent.
  • A basic understanding of the fundamentals of mining and the nature, purpose, and function of mine facilities.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of groundwater flow in soils and rocks.


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

Learning Credits

Table of contents
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Module 1: Introduction
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Module 2: Basics of Groundwater Flow and Models
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Knowledge Check - Module 2: Basics of Groundwater Flow and Models
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Module 3: Model Formulation and Types
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Knowledge Check - Module 3: Model Formulation and Types
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Module 4: Groundwater Modeling for Mines
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Knowledge Check - Module 4: Groundwater Modeling for Mines
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Module 5: Groundwater Modeling for Mining Use
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Knowledge Check - Module 5: Groundwater Modeling for Mining Use
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Module 6: Advanced Topics
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Knowledge Check - Module 6: Advanced Topics
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Added 5 months ago, by Edward
This course will very helpful for my current job. It covers topics that always wanted to understand.
Added over 1 year ago, by Moussa Mamadouba
The figure and flow charts in the documents are blurred when you zoom in. Otherwise the course is very insightful

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