GROUNDWATER MODELLING AT MINE SITES

Introduction to using FEFLOW in mining

This three-day, hands-on course provides you with the skills you need for applying FEFLOW for groundwater simulation at mine sites. It will cover typical modelling tasks such as mine dewatering (open-cut and underground mines), groundwater rebound, reactive transport (acid mine drainage), etc. The course uses specially developed hands-on exercises supported by lectures on theory and relevant practical aspects.

FEFLOW is widely recognised as a comprehensive software package for subsurface flow and transport simulation. FEFLOW’s unique mesh (structured and unstructured) provides the highest degree of flexibility in all modelling processes. The software is used by leading research institutes, universities, consulting firms and government organisations all over the world.

FEFLOW’s scope of application ranges from simple local scale to complex large scale modelling. Application areas include water management, mine water, saltwater intrusion, geothermal energy, and variably saturated media.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Introduction to FEFLOW and its graphical user interface
  • Estimation of dewatering volumes (open pit and underground mine)
  • Simulation of pit progress
  • Obtaining pore pressure as a basis for slope-stability calculation
  • Simulation of pumping wells, drains and other installations
  • Modelling groundwater rebound
  • Phreatic surfaces and variably saturated media
  • Faults, fractured systems and anisotropic porous media
  • Introduction to reactive transport with piChem module (acid mine drainage)
  • Interfacing with geological modelling and surface-water simulation
  • Hands-on exercises

TARGET GROUP AND PREREQUISITES

Mining professionals working on ground water simulation in consulting companies, public authorities, university and research institutions. Participants are expected to have both a basic knowledge about groundwater systems as well as computer application. Prior experience with groundwater modelling is helpful, but not required.