Institute for Mineral Resources Studies

Mining engineers on-site

Innovations in Mine Waste, Tails & Heap Leach Management Workshop

University of Nevada, Reno - May 19, 2014, 8:00am - 6:00pm

News & Announcements

Thank You!

We're proud to say that the Workshop was rather successful. We appreciate the support of our sponsors and our attendees. After some number crunching and review evaluations, we'll certainly keep you apprised of any future events.

The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to host a supplement to the 2014 Elko Roundtable.

The Elko Roundtable events began in 2005 as a way to share information such as design, analysis, construction, operation and closure of tailings, heap leach and mine waste facilities. The event typically plays host to about two dozen attendees including personnel from a dozen mining properties, various corporate offices and academia. The purpose of the Roundtable is to exchange ideas and information pertaining to broad subjects revolving around the topic of the day. Compared with traditional conferences and symposia, the roundtable type of forum tends to provide a much less inhibited format for discussion. In the roundtable format lively discussions and applicable tangential departures are encouraged.

During the 2013 Roundtable it was decided that a similar event, reaching a larger audience, should be held in Reno, Nevada to present and discuss issues relating to Innovations in Mine Waste and Heap Leach Management. Prior Elko Roundtables have discussed:

  • Heap leach pad design, construction and operation;
  • Design, construction and operation of tailings storage facilities;
  • Site-wide water considerations;
  • Mine closure and cover design;
  • Strides toward sustainability in mining;
  • High-density tailings, paste, and filtered tailings;
  • Acid rock drainage for engineers and environmental scientists; and
  • Material co-disposal/co-placement in the mining industry.

Proceedings from those events have been published in Mining Engineering magazine, and a website was established to house the information produced at those events. Please feel free to view those here: Elko Roundtable.

General questions may be sent to

For more information contact:
Thom Seal, P.E.
Director of the Institute for Mineral Resources Studies
Mackay Mines 303
(775) 784-1813