Norwest’s involvement in support of development and operations in oil sands is well known. The challenges facing the industry related to managing tailings are also very familiar, and Norwest has been working with clients and stakeholders to manage these issues. Mr. Richard Dawson, PhD, from Norwest's Vancouver office, shared his expertise at the International Oil Sands Tailings Conference held in December, as one of the presenters of a short course entitled “Hot Topics in Oil Sands Tailings Management”. The short course included other presenters representing over 100 years of oil sands experience. Topics covered tailings management practices, fine tailings dewatering and its economics, performance management tools, water management, and reclamation and closure of tailings facilities. This course provided excellent opportunities to gain insights into the current state of the oil sands industry and where it is headed.
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Norwest professionals provided industry expertise at the 2014 Tailings and Mine Waste Conference (TMWC) hosted by Colorado State University. Nearly 300 tailings and mine waste engineers gathered at the event held in Keystone, Colorado. The TMWC is the premier international venue for advancing state-of-the-art technical challenges facing the mining industry related to the engineering and management of tailings and mine waste. The annual event provides a forum for members of the mining and environmental community to exchange information regarding case histories, design, operation, and disposal for mine waste management.