25 Aug 2014

Successful training course on mining conducted in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

DHI Brazil successfully conducted the training course "Numerical modelling of water in mining" in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from 28 July to 1 August 2014.

A total of 19 participants from the Brazilian mining industry, groundwater and mining professionals, consultancy companies, and universities attended this important course for the mining sector in Brazil.

The purpose of the course was to enhance water management in mines by integrating surface and groundwater tools – MIKE SHE and FEFLOW.

During the five-day course, the participants learnt how: 

  • to build a complex geological model from field information,
  • interpret geological sections and topography data
  • use the model to build a hydrogeological numerical model to simulate open pit mine dewatering
  • simulate the mine in the hydrological cycle context to determine rainfall runoff, evapotranspiration and recharge rates, river flows, and impacts of dewatering in superficial water and springs

Dr Nilson Guiguer (Managing Director DHI Brazil) conducted the FEFLOW training. Silvia Leirião (Senior Water Resources engineer, DHI South Africa) conducted the MIKE SHE training sessions and Business Development Director Alejandro Lasarte presented an overview of surface water modelling tools.

The participants offered high praise for the instructors’ understanding of the available tools and technologies as well as their approaches to the challenges of water in mining.

"I was very satisfied with the technical quality of the course, instructors and facilitators. The course was well organised and the venue was great." 
Wander Queiroz – USIMINAS, Brazil.

The course was supported by the Groundwater Association of Minas Gerais State, Brazil, and Leapfrog partners.