Chris is a Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience mainly in the fields of mining and water related projects ranging from large river diversions, dam construction, to water management plans, and more recently, geomorphic landform design.
Since 2012, Chris has been progressing adaptations of the Geofluv™ design methodology on large open cut mines in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Australia. The adapted technique has been progressing well, and nine mines are currently constructing these landforms, with several others are expected to start soon, and one smaller site completed. Through monitoring and ongoing design improvements, Chris has obtained a unique perspective on the constraints and opportunities associated with this landform design technique.
A review of the successes and challenges associated with geomorphic landform design in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Geomorphic landform design appears to be gaining acceptance within NSW, with seven open cut coal mines currently constructing these landforms. The author has been the designer on all these sites, some dating back to 2012. This paper reviews successes and challenges of the current geomorphological design process and associated construction using feedback from the mines involved. The paper also reflects on the extent to which the methodology used in NSW addresses some of the concerns raised with respect to the Geofluv™ approach in the ACARP study of 2010 (Suitable Landscape Design for Coal Mine Rehabilitation).
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