Where Geosynthetics Meet Mining Geotechnics: Part of the Mining Engineer's Toolbox

by John F. Lupo, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Senior Director of Geotechnical Engineering; Newmont Mining Corporation, Denver, CO, john.lupo@newmont.com,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 3, Pg. 62-67

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: From enhancing stability to providing environmental containment, geosynthetic materials play an important role in mining projects and geotechnics in general. While often overlooked, advancements in geosynthetic materials over the last several years have improved the performance and reliability of engineered facilities at operating mines. These improvements have been focused mostly on heap leach pads (HLPs), tailings storage facilities (TSFs), overburden storage facilities (OSFs), and water management structures.

Subject Headings: Mines and mining | Storage facilities | Geosynthetics | Water storage | Environmental issues | Mine wastes | Structural stability | Construction materials


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