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Earthquakes & Tsunami
Slope Failure
Steam Relief Wells
ATS Prisms & Slope Stability Radar
Risk & Hazard
Lihir Gold Mine
Management Plan
Geothermal Outbursts
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Singh, Mohan
Supervisor and department
Martin, Derek (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Fahmy, Sami(Mechanical Engineering)
Tannant, Dwayne(School of Engineering, University of British Columbia)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Master of Science
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Lihir Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea is one of the largest gold mines in the world situated in a seismically sensitive zone. The gold deposit is located in an extinct volcano in close proximity to the sea shore and presents a series of geohazards. Some geohazards are uncommon and include: geothermal outbursts, cavities, water inrush and earthquake/ tsunami. After a major multi-batter (5 benches high) slope failure that occurred on the 1st of October 2009, a team of engineers, lead by the author investigated the incident and made series of recommendations. Arising out of these recommendations, a comprehensive Geohazard Management Plan was formulated by revisiting, revising and putting together all the individual geohazard management plans as a single document. This thesis describes the outcomes of the investigation and presents an overview and systematic approach in formulation of the Geohazard Management Plan, apart from a summary of the gaps that were identified in the existing system, major contributions that were made as well as the expected improvements and constraints in managing these geohazards.
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