Systems modelling for water management in mining and minerals - Bowen Basin coal

Cote, C. M., Moran, C. J., Hedemann, C. J., Davis, A. H., Silvester, N., Koch, C. and Tollari, C. P. D. (2006). Systems modelling for water management in mining and minerals - Bowen Basin coal. In: Water in Mining 2006: Multiple Values for Water. Water in Mining 2006, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, (215-223). 14-16 November, 2006.

Author Cote, C. M.
Moran, C. J.
Hedemann, C. J.
Davis, A. H.
Silvester, N.
Koch, C.
Tollari, C. P. D.
Title of paper Systems modelling for water management in mining and minerals - Bowen Basin coal
Conference name Water in Mining 2006
Conference location Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
Conference dates 14-16 November, 2006
Proceedings title Water in Mining 2006: Multiple Values for Water
Journal name Water in Mining 2006, Proceedings
Series Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publication Series
Place of Publication Carlton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 1 920806 57 1
Volume 10
Start page 215
End page 223
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary For nearly two decades water scientists have been debating the need to use appropriate models for the questions being asked and the data available. This paper puts forward a rationale for a hierarchical framework for water balance modelling as it applies to mine sites. The hierarchy is based on the complexity of models and their data requirements. Scientific models are the most complex and require the most data; next is engineering models, then systems models and the simplest representations are given by conceptual models. A position is put forward that systems models have a range of uses that the others do not provide. A systems model, called SiteMiser, is described and its calibration illustrated. The model is applied to seven coal mines from the Northern Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. Currently, there is little relationship between total water use and coal production. This relationship is not any stronger when fresh (raw) water is compared to reused water. Leading practice water use levels are simulated for all sites. The simulation results demonstrate that there is considerable opportunity to reduce water consumption and, in particular, to import less fresh (raw) water to the sites.
Subjects E1
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
771002 Land and water management
Q-Index Code E1
Institutional Status UQ

 
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