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Managing Mining Project Groundwater Risks

Brian Luinstra
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
First presented: 
First published in Australian Resources and Investment, Volume 12, No. 3

Although groundwater is an essential component of the production cycle at most mines in Australia, understanding the risks associated with groundwater is often seen as a ‘regulatory tick box’, rather than a critical factor in a project’s feasibility.

In this article, hydrogeologist Brian Luinstra looks into how water complications and poor understanding of quality and quantity, as well as water costs and consumption, can have significant economic impact on a project.

Feature Author

Brian Luinstra

Brian Luinstra has 19 years of experience in the field of geology and hydrogeology working primarily in Canada.  He has executed and managed a wide scope of hydrogeological assessments.  These include regional scale water budgets; water supply assessments; well head protection studies; aquifer hydraulic testing; groundwater monitoring network establishment and program implementation; aquifer conceptualisation and impact assessment; karst investigations and hydrological and hydrogeological modelling.  He is experienced working in remote locations, and has varying levels of proficiency with specialised geological and groundwater modelling packages.  Brian provides technical direction and review on hydrogeological projects, and has been project manager for several key clients.

Principal Consultant (Hydrogeology)
PhD (Earth Science), BSc (Geology)
SRK Perth
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