Geosynthetics in Mining

7 modules


Course Length
9 hours

Edumine Courses

04 Nov 2019



Mining involves the design, construction, operation, and closure of many geotechnical structures, including: access roads, structural building pads and foundations, ponds, tailings facilities, heap leach pads, and waste rock dumps.

Geosynthetics are polymeric materials used extensively in mine geotechnical structures to enhance the performance of such structures. Geosynthetics are used in conjunction with soils and rocks to increase the overall strength of these materials, to control seepage from mine wastes and through soils and rocks, and to separate soils of different gradation and hence to limit piping and potential failure of soil structures.

This course introduces you to the types of geosynthetics used in mine structures, to the ways in which geosynthetics may be used to build safe mine structures, and to the many details that will make it possible for you to use geosynthetics at your mine to reduce costs and protect the environment.

This course describes many case histories of the successful use of geosynthetics in mining, thereby introducing concepts, ideas, details, and practical applications that you may copy or adapt to the specifics of your mine's needs and facilities.


  • Jack Caldwell
  • Colleen Crystal
  • Tarik Hadj-Hamou


Duration: 9 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Geotechnics
Level: Specialize
Version Date: September 3, 2014


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Course Content

Geosynthetics in Mining consists of 9 viewing sessions of 30–60 minutes each with supporting figures, tables and examples, plus interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 9 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the different types of geosynthetics and their properties and applications.
  • Identify and apply the principles of geosynthetics usage in mine geowaste facilities, including tailings facilities, heap leach pad, and waste rock dumps.
  • Identify the issues associated with usage of geosynthetics in mining facilities, including durability and longevity of geosynthetics under the stresses particular to mine geowaste containment.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in geotechnical engineering or civil engineering.
  • Experience in design, construction or operation of large waste structures in mining.


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

Learning Credits

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Module 1: Geosynthetics
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Knowledge Check - Module 1: Geosynthetics
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Module 2: Geosynthetics and Mining
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Knowledge Check - Module 2: Geosynthetics and Mining
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Module 3: Issues and Regulations
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