Best practices for independent reviews

CIM Montreal 2015
Terry Eldridge (Golder Associates Ltd.)
Independent review boards are becoming common on mine waste projects developed by the major mining companies, on projects involving large dams, and for mine waste management facilities with complex climatic, geological, hydrogeological and geochemical conditions. Review boards are most effective when set up during the initial stages of the project development, preferably during the site selection process and continued through the life of the project. This maintains a history and understanding of the project in addition to that of the owner and the engineer. The experience of the board members should cover the complete range of issues to be faced by the project team with the understanding that specialist advice from outside the board may be required on some topics. Boards are most effective when the review is approached collaboratively, with the engineer identifying and bringing the problematic issues forward and the board probing the basis of the design and analyses without directing the design development. The schedule of the review meetings must vary to meet the demands of the project, with more frequent meetings during concept development when the direction of the project is set. This paper presents practices to maximize the utility of an independent review board.
Keywords: Tailings Management, Review Board
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