Boddington Tailings Dam Trial Embankment, Western Australia
Boddington Gold Mine (BGM) is located about 130km south-east of Perth in Western Australia. The largest gold mine in the country, it is poised to become the highest producing mine once production ramps up over the next few years.
Based on the current plan, mine life is estimated to be more than 20 years, with attributable life-of-mine gold production expected to be greater than 5.7Moz.
In May 2012, Newmont decided to seek the expansion of mine life to 2052 by combining the north and south Wandoo open pits. It also plans to expand the waste rock facility to two billion metric tons.
The BGM enlisted the services of itmsoil Australia for the supply, install and continued monitoring and maintenance of their tailings dam trial embankment. This included piezometers, pressure cells, settlement cells and 3G data logger. The data was then processed through and displayed on itmsoil's ARGUS monitoring software.