17th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings

June 8-12, 2014 | Vancouver, Canada

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Field Trips

Field Trip 1: Coanda Research and Development

Space still available, please sign up now.

Thursday, June 12 – 6:00 to 9:00pm
Burnaby, BC

** On June 12, tour participants should meet by 5:45pm (17:45) in the hotel lobby near Starbucks on the ground floor. Please also bring your signed non-disclosure form.
The bus will leave at 6pm from outside the Hyatt Regency hotel’s Melville Street entrance **

Coanda is an industry leader in providing insight and solutions to fluid dynamic issues related to paste and thickened tailings production, flows and depositions. Topic areas such as mixing, flow distribution, deposition modelling, separation, and rheology all can have a major impact to the success of a paste and thickened tailings operation.

Participants on this tour will have a chance to experience how experimental fluid dynamics plays a key role in understanding the complicated flow phenomena in processes such as gravity separators (thickeners, clarifiers, flotation columns) and in-line flocculation loops – A number of live demonstration experiments will be operating during the tour. Other related technologies will be on display such as our advanced capabilities in rheology, particle sizing and velocity measurements.

Coanda’s Burnaby location consists of 5 main areas:

  • a 32,000 ft2 fully equipped fluids lab (gas and liquid systems, spray nozzle testing facility, water channel, fluidized beds, etc.)
  • an analytical lab equipped with a range of instrumentation to characterize fluid samples (Anton Paar rheometer, Malvern particle sizer, etc)
  • a machine shop equipped to handle small to medium sized fabrication and modifications to complex parts
  • a large warehouse set-up to store client models and equipment, field materials and associated test fluids
  • 15000 ft2 of office space including video-conference equipped meeting rooms. Coanda’s CFD servers are also located on this site.

There will be no charge for this technical tour.

Who should attend

The Coanda tour is ideally suited for any technical or business professional who works in the areas of tailings, operations, research, or any other areas where the performance of their processes affect the company’s bottom line. The only prerequisites for attending the tour are that the individuals are 18 years of age and are willing to sign off on Coanda’s standard visitor confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement form.


  • Bus transportation provided by Coanda from Hyatt Regency hotel
  • 15 minutes: Arrival and greeting, collection of NDA forms.
  • 15 minutes: general presentation about Coanda and our work in paste and thickened tailings, presented by Coanda CEO Dr. Darwin Kiel.
  • 2 hours: tour, broken into ~3 groups (depending on final numbers)
  • We are anticipating having at least 3 live demonstration units up and running for the tour. Exact details are not confirmed; however we plan to be showing a thickener/gravity separator unit, a flow visualization demo utilizing our laser illumination techniques and a tailings flocculation demo.
  • 30 minutes: follow up discussions, refreshments and snacks.
  • Bus transportation back to Hyatt Regency hotel

Personal Protective Equipment

The only PPE required for attendees is protective eyewear, and Coanda will have a selection available. If attendees wear prescription lenses, they provide units that can go over top. If an attendee has their own prescription safety glasses, they are welcome to use them as an alternative. Please also note that no open toe shoes are allowed in the lab.
Medical Clearance

There are no specific medical clearances required to participate in the tour.
There will be minimal walking required as the facility is an enclosed laboratory.

Tour duration: 3 hours

Maximum attendance: 40 people

Cost: Free


If you are interested in attending this tour, please signup at this link:

This field trip is organized and managed by Coanda, with InfoMine facilitating the sign-up process. If you change your mind and cannot attend, please let us know ahead of time. There is no registration or cancellation fee associated with this event.


For more information about Coanda, please visit their website:



Field Trip 2: Highland Valley Copper mine

Friday, June 13 – 6:00am to 7:00pm
Logan Lake, BC

** On June 13, tour participants should meet by 5:45am (05:45) in the hotel’s lobby area next to the Starbucks.
The bus will leave at 6am sharp from outside the Hyatt Regency hotel’s Melville Street entrance **

Highland Valley Copper is an open pit operation. HVC is one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world in terms of tonnage mined and milled, accounting for approximately 1.0% of the world’s copper in concentrate production, and 1.5% of the world’s molybdenum. HVC is a truck-and-shovel operation which uses conventional drill and blast mining methods. The processing plant uses semi-autogenously grinding and flotation to produce copper and molybdenum in concentrate.

Concentrates are transported first by truck to Ashcroft, BC, then by rail and to a port in Vancouver for export overseas. The majority of concentrates are sold under long-term sales contracts to smelters in several countries. A new life of mine plan has recently been developed, which has extended the mine life to 2027. HVC had three active open pits as of 2013: the Lornex, Valley, and Highmont pits. HVC has implemented a Tailings Management System that conforms to the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) guidelines for tailings management, as presented in A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities.

Tailings from the Highland Mill flow by gravity at the rate of 120,000 – 135,000 tonnes per day through three 910 mm dia. high density polyethylene (HDPE) tailings pipelines 7.3 km long, to the H-H pump house at the east end of the tailings storage pond.
The tailings pond is situated on the Valley floor, west of the Valley Pit. Two tailings dams, approximately 10 km apart, contain the tailings. Three 7.3 km, 36” (91 cm) diameter polyethylene pipelines feed the tailings pond. The tailings pond is a closed system with 8,000 m3/hr of water recycled to the Highland Valley milling complex.

On the Highland Valley Copper tour, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Highland Valley Tailings Storage Facility and to gain insight into the reclaim water system.

  • 6:00 am – Participants leave Hyatt Regency hotel (bus transportation provided)
  • 10:00 am – Participants arrive at mine site
  • 10:05 am – Arrival at HVC Security for check-in
  • 10:15 am – Introduction, overview of Highland Valley Copper
  • 10:45 am – Tailings Storage Facility Tour
  • 2:00 pm – Departure back to Vancouver and check out with Security
  • 7:00 pm – Participants arrive back at Hyatt Regency hotel

Personal Protective Equipment

All visitors are required to wear steel toed boots that you will need to bring with you to the mine tour. If you don’t have steel toed boots, you may not be allowed on the tour. The mine has very few boots. Please see conference staff at the registration desk if you forgot to bring steel toed boots.

The mine will supply hard hats, safety glasses, and vests.

Contact lenses will not be allowed. Please wear prescription glasses only.

Please dress appropriately, this is an industrial environment located at a high altitude. Skirts or dresses are not allowed. Visitors will not be permitted on the tour if the appropriate dress is not adhered to.

Tour duration: approx. 13 hours

Maximum attendance: 35 people

Cost: CAD 199.00 / person (includes transportation and lunch)


To register for this tour, please add it to your registration by selecting it on the form at this link:


InfoMine Cancellation Policy and Waiver of Liability

Cancellations must be made in writing and addressed to For cancellations received on or before May 6, 2014 the delegate will pay 50% of the total fees. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after May 6, 2014 and all delegates will pay total fees. You may arrange for another paid delegate to take your place on the tour/trip where tickets are transferable. A plane ticket, for example, may not be transferable and, as such, substitutions would not be accepted.

In the event that InfoMine cancels the field trip due to under enrolment, the delegate will receive 100% refund of the fees paid. On the day of the field trip InfoMine reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the trip, if in the judgment of InfoMine it becomes advisable to do so for any reasons. Such alterations may be made without any compensation to tour participants.

No refunds will be allowed if you are refused to board the bus/van because:

  • You are not wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, as specified in the field trip description.
  • You appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • You display an inability to care for yourself.
  • You display a conduct which may disrupt the pleasure or safety of other tour participants, bus/van driver and host organization employees.

InfoMine is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of a substitution, alteration or cancellation/postponement of a field trip. InfoMine shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event this field trip is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrence or any other event that renders performance of this field trip impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labour strike, extreme weather or other emergency.

Cancelling your registration does not automatically cancel your hotel reservation and other bookings you may have made. Please make sure you contact hotel and travel agents to cancel other reservations associated with your participation in this field trip. You will not be reimbursed for any expenses for travel or other expenses that you incur if InfoMine or the third party host company offering the tour needs to cancel. You will only be reimbursed the trip/excursion registration fee paid to InfoMine.

Please note that if you are attending a mine tour, you will be required to sign the host company’s waiver form. There are certain risks involved with visiting an industrial site. If you have a health condition that may be worsened by dust, loud noise and walking on uneven surfaces, we do not recommend participating in these tours.

Additionally, you will be asked to sign or electronically sign a waiver of liability for InfoMine.

It is the responsibility of the participant to have adequate travel medical insurance.


Field trip to Suncor oil sands tailings facilities, Alberta

The Paste 2014 Seminar organizers will not be organizing a special tour of the tailings facilities at Suncor. Those interested are encouraged to go on one of Suncor’s public tours. Tours in June are on Fridays and Saturdays. There is a public tour on June 6 as well.

For more information and to book the tour, please contact the Fort McMurray Tourism office directly. Here is their contact information:

Karen Johnson
Phone: 780-791-4336

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