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ATC Williams in Mongolia

ATC Williams was privileged to attend and present at Mongolia’s first conference and seminar on Geotechnical Engineering and Slope Stability. The conference was held in the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, and was attended by Mr Mark Dillon, Manager of our Victorian operation in Australia. Our participation in the conference was through our association with Dr Ganzorig Batchuluun, the President of the “Geotechnical and Slope Stability Association” and the organiser of the event. Dr. Batchuluun also teaches at the School of Geology and Mining at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST).

The conference program included the following topics and speakers;

  • Joint Policy of Geotechnical and Slope Stability in Mongolia and Requirement of Geotechnical Usage in Mongolian Mining sector by Dr. Batchuluun.
  • Site selection of Tailings Storage Facilities by Mark Dillon.
  • An Estimation of Wall Pressure and Slope Stability by S. Nyamdorj, Director of Geotechnical Research Center as part the School of Civil Engineering, MUST.
  • Geotechnical practice of Tailings by Karine Doucet, Geotechnical Engineer with at the Oyu Tolgoi mining operation in Mongolia.
  • International Geotechnical Standard, Implementation (Case study in Tailings ) by Tamir Sarangerel, Oyu Tolgoi LLC Specialist of Tailings.

Mark presented a paper on Site Selection for Tailings Storage Facilities, the focus of which was guidelines and the basis of design. This paper is of particular relevance for the fledgling mining industry in Mongolia because there is lack of in-country knowledge on best practice tailings engineering. Of note are the parallels between the recently published draft Mongolian Tailings Standards and those of ANCOLD and Canadian Dams Association.

The event was well attended with around 40 attendees, including representatives from the largest local mining companies including RioTinto, and a local blasting company, Munkh Tetgegch Khuch LLC.

ATC Williams is proud to have formed a long term partnership with MUST to address local tailings and water management challenges faced by the country’s rapidly developing mining industry.