How is hydrodynamic modelling helping the mining industry?

Pit lakes are designed as an integral part of a mine’s closure plan to facilitate the natural restoration of the land. Thanks to hydrodynamic modelling, clients can ensure they’re viable long into the future.

“Because of their water quality characteristics, pit lakes act differently to natural lakes.”

Alireza explains that pit lakes usually have two layers. The first, clean water, is lighter and stays at the top. The second, which is contaminated with different constituencies, remains at the bottom. Sometimes, if the wind is too strong or other variables are at play, like large convections, groundwater intrusion, or seasonal turnovers, these layers will mix.

It’s when they do that problems arise, and hydrodynamic modelling can step in to provide a solution.

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