As part of the project, we recently completed our first round of sampling at Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine tailings storage facility. The sampling comprised collection of the following types of samples:
Block samples, to enable laboratory element tests on intact material
Bulk samples in two “Bulker Bags”, to provide the large quantity of material required for CPT calibration chamber testing
Sample bags of bulk samples, for remoulded laboratory element testing and beam centrifuge testing
Images of the sampling process are provided below. These samples will enable calibration chamber testing at UWA and UNSW, beam centrifuge testing at UWA, and laboratory element testing at UWA, UNSW, and UniSA.
Thanks very much to Newmont’s site and corporate personnel for their support in the sampling efforts.
Image 1: Trimming and preparing a block sample
Image 2: Andy and Dave, celebrating completion
Image 3: Mixing bulk tailings prior to splitting sample up
Image 4: Filling of bags for shipment to UWA and UNSW