7th Annual Mining the Territory Conference Workshop: Water Issues & Management in the NT

7th Annual Mining the Territory Conference Workshop: Water Issues & Management in the NT

7th Annual Mining the Territory Conference Workshop: Water Issues & Management in the NT

Led by: Christine Arrowsmith,

Senior Principal Engineer,

Water Technology

The workshop is aimed at those involved in the environmental and engineering aspects of mine design and development including feasibility studies and approvals, mine site layout (particularly stormwater and flooding aspects) through the life of a mine, through to operations staff managing responses to particular weather events.

Those attending will gain an appreciation of a wide range of surface water issues related to mine development in the NT and across the Top End, how these may be affected by climate variability and climate change and how design practises and management can minimise and mitigate potential adverse impacts.

Weather extremes now and in the future

  • Climate variability & sea level rise – how the frequency of extreme events is just as critical for flooding of on and off-site infrastructure as changes in event magnitude
  • Rainfall intensity and flooding – implications for stormwater and flood management as well as erosion and sediment control. Surface water issues – from EIA to operation
  • Identification of surface water systems – technologies for improved understanding of surface water systems and linkages to
  • groundwater models

Consideration of surface water impacts on off-site infrastructure such as transport links (roads and railways)

  • Site layouts to minimise impacts – rain & stormwater harvesting, stormwater and sediment management. Water quality and quantity – whole of site water balance modelling
  • Measuring and Monitoring – benefits of on-site data. Examples of cost effective monitoring programmes. New technologies for data capture (UAVs) and management
  • Adapting to changing weather conditions – how to build in resilience to mine design to cope with potential changes to weather conditions
  • Cost vs. risk relationships

Further information can be found here: http://www.miningnt.com.au/

About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.

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