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  • Mine Backfill Design & Operation Course

    P A T E R S O N & C O O K E P r e s e n t s :

    S U D B U R Y , O N T A R I O , C A N A D A

    2 6 - 2 9 M A R C H

    2 0 1 9

    Choosing the right type of backfill has become very project specific; constraints such as schedule, cash flow, source materials and regional skills all impact the choice of backfill type and source.

    The successful implementation of a backfill system is dependent on a number of factors. A fundamental understanding of the material properties and geo- mechanics, balanced process engineering and hydraulic design, safe placement strategies and cost-effective operational management planning are all important in order for backfill to do its job - support the mining cycle at the lowest cost possible!

    Course Introduction

    Participants will gain an appreciation of the requirements for designing and operating a safe, cost-effective and reliable backfill system. The course objectives are to:

    Introduce the fundamental concepts of geo-mechanics and material properties; Examine the various elements that go into engineering a backfill system, including testing, plant and process design, reticulation and barricades; Relate to operational aspects of a backfill system including quality assurance, cost reduction, operational management plans, risk control and new technology.


    The intensive course consists of 3 days of technical lectures, case studies and laboratory demonstration sessions, followed by an optional site visit (surface and underground) to Glencore’s Kidd Mine to examine its paste backfill system. The course will be delivered in English.

    Content & Program

    The course is presented by Paterson & Cooke senior staff, with contributions from guest speakers. All key lecturers will be available throughout the week for discussion and questions. Rob Brown Director, (Mining) Engineer, leads P&C’s global backfill group and specializes in pastefill and system design, construction and commissioning. Maureen McGuinness Principal, (Process) Engineer, specializes in pipeline wear and adds direct operational experience from years managing the Kidd Mine pastefill system. Stephen Wilson Director, (Mining) Engineer, adds international expertise from mining in Russia and the integration of tailings management and backfill technologies. Dr. Matthew Treinen (Mechanical/Civil) Engineer, specializes in backfill system hydraulics, reticulation system design and rheological characterization.


    A U S T R A L I A C A N A D A C H I L E S O U T H A F R I C A U K U S A

    Glencore’s Kidd Mine Paste Backfill Plant, Timmins, Ontario

  • Registration Date Three-Day Course Only Three-Day Course & Site Visit

    On or before February 10th, 2019

    After February 10th, 2019

    CAD 2300

    CAD 2600

    CAD 3500

    CAD 4100

    Project and/or study managers Business decision makers Government legislators and policy makers

    Note: The agenda is presented for information purposes only and illustrates the topics that will be covered; adjustments to the schedule or content are not expected, but may be required at the organizer’s discretion.


    Who Should Attend

    The course will be held from Tuesday, March 26th through Friday, March 29th, 2019. The first three days will be held in Sudbury, Ontario at the Laurentian Executive Learning Center with a visit to P&C’s backfill laboratory. The optional fourth day is a site visit to the Kidd Mine, a Glencore Operation, in Timmins, Ontario; a four-hour drive from Sudbury, requiring an overnight stay, in Timmins, on Thursday. Transportation by bus, one nights’ accommodation and lunch on Friday is included in the site visit fee.

    Dates & Location

    Fees & Registration

    Course Agenda

    A U S T R A L I A C A N A D A C H I L E S O U T H A F R I C A U K U S A

    Session Tuesday March 26th

    07:45–08:00 Tea/Coffee Registration (07:15 - 08:00)


    Backfill Overview

    Course Introduction

    Backfill Selection Considerations

    10:00–10:30 Tea/Coffee break

    10:30–12:30 Material Testing

    Plant Design Principles

    12:30–13:30 Lunch

    15:00–15:30 Tea/Coffee break

    15:30–17:00 Laboratory Demonstrations & Case Studies at P&C Office

    13:30–15:00 Laboratory Demonstrations at P&C Office

    Evening Social Function

    Contact Registration Enquiries: Melissa McCauley, Technical Enquiries: Maureen McGuinness, Paterson & Cooke Canada Inc., 1351-C Kelly Lake Road, Unit 2, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 5P5. Tel: +1 (705) 222-1720

    Wednesday March 27th


    Plant Design Realization

    Key Equipment Selection

    Plant Design Pitfalls

    Tea/Coffee break

    Breakout Session

    Reticulation System Design / Case Study


    Tea/Coffee break

    Laboratory Demonstrations & Case Studies at P&C Office

    UDS Installation

    Reticulation System Operation / Case Sudies

    Economics & Life Cycle Planning

    Evening Free

    Thursday March 28th


    Backfill Geo-mechanics


    Backfill Placement & Monitoring / Case Study

    Tea/Coffee break

    Quality Control & Reconciliation

    Backfill Binders & Admixtures / Case Study


    End of Three-Day Course

    Those participating in the Site Visit: Travel to Timmins by Bus

    Backfill System Management & Integration

    Wrap Up Discussion

    Evening Free

    Friday March 29th

    Travel to Kidd Mine (Departure 06:30)


    Kitting up

    Visit Briefings

    Site Induction


    GROUP 2: Underground Distribution System Tour

    GROUP 1: Paste Plant Tour

    11:00-12:00 Lunch

    14:00-19:00 Tour Wrap-up Travel to Sudbury by Bus


    GROUP 2: Paste Plant Tour

    GROUP 1: Underground Distribution System Tour

    End of Site Visit

    Mine Backfill Design & Operation Course

    P A T E R S O N & C O O K E P r e s e n t s :

    S U D B U R Y , O N T A R I O , C A N A D A

    2 6 - 2 9 M A R C H

    2 0 1 9

    The course is designed for all professionals involved in backfill applications, including: Mining and geotechnical engineers Chemical and mineral processing engineers Mechanical engineers Operational staff

    Space is limited for the site visit and therefore registration for the site visit will be on a first come, first served basis. Register on-line at

    The sponsor reserves the right to cancel the course or the site visit and return registration fees if enrollment is insufficient. Personnel substitutions may be made at any time without penalty. Cancellations will be charged a $275 service fee. No refunds will be made to participants who fail to substitute or cancel at least five working days prior to the start of the course.