A comparison of three models for mine water management

Woodley, Alan (2012) A comparison of three models for mine water management. In Valenzuela, Fernando & Wiertz, Jacques (Eds.) Water in Mining 2012 : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Water Management in the Mining Industry, Gecamin Ltd, Santiago, Chile.

Abstract

Water management is vital for mine sites both for production and sustainability related issues. Effective water management is a complex task since the role of water on mine sites is multifaceted. Computers models are tools that represent mine site water interaction and can be used by mine sites to inform or evaluate their water management strategies. There exist several types of models that can be used to represent mine site water interactions. This paper presents three such models: an operational model, an aggregated systems model and a generic systems model. For each model the paper provides a description and example followed by an analysis of its advantages and disadvantages. The paper hypotheses that since no model is optimal for all situations, each model should be applied in situations where it is most appropriate based upon the scale of water interactions being investigated, either unit (operation), inter-site (aggregated systems) or intra-site (generic systems).

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ID Code: 72866
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Water Modelling, Mining, Water Accounting Framework, Systems Models
ISSN: 9789568504656
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Gecamin Ltd
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2014 22:20
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 22:10

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