Short Course 5

Advances in Waste Geochemical Characterisation

Format & Locations

½ Day Workshop in Newport and ½ Day Lab Visit in Pontypool (Transport will be provided)


Steven Pearce, MEM, UK
Andrew Barnes, Geochemic, UK


1 day on Sunday


Mine Environment Management Ltd and Geochemic Ltd are proud to offer a one day short
course for the IMWA 2023 conference. This short course will aim to outline the current state of
the art laboratory based methods to geochemically characterise mining waste materials.
Many years have passed since publication of a number of key geochemical testing guidance
documents still in widespread use in industry. As such this is an opportune time for industry to
be provided with an update on advances in leading practice from recognised experts in the

To improve the learning experience the short course will have a split format with a half a day
technical workshop held at the ICC Wales, followed by a half day laboratory visit to the
Geochemical Ltd laboratory facility.

The workshop will provide a thought provoking review of recent developments in practical and
applied geochemical characterisation of mine waste materials. Real world data from site case
studies will be used to provide delegates with practical examples of the value of empirical data
that can be obtained from advanced testing methods. A range of customised and industry
standard kinetic and static experiments will be demonstrated in practice in a laboratory setting.
This will provide delegates with first hand “experience” away from the office environment.
Testing methods that will be practically demonstrated will range from Custom Kinetic Methods
such as Site Specific Leaching Columns to modification methods to standard static tests such
as the Net Acid Generation (NAG) test.

This short course is aimed at mining industry professionals, consultants and academics looking
to further their understanding of geochemical characterisation of mine wastes