Environmental Protection

GeoStudio provides comprehensive tools for analyzing mining and environmental protection.

The analytical challenge


Production and disposal of mining and municipal waste poses many challenges from a geotechnical design and analysis perspective. Proper initial design can lead to much more efficient management of waste during and after project closure. Issues of concern from an analysis perspective include: stability of waste deposits such as landfills, waste rock and tailings impoundments; seepage of water, gas and contaminants through these facilities; design of cover or cap systems to prevent water infiltration or the release of gases and water; settlement and consolidation of waste; long term performance; and heterogeneity of waste and the associated characterization of material properties.

The GeoStudio solution


GeoStudio can address issues from pre-construction and construction stages, as well as long term performance analysis. The strength of the integration capability in the software allows for differing levels of complexity. Both steady state and transient process can be considered, as can the coupling of heat, gas and water fluxes to climate conditions. In addition, seepage models can be linked with contaminant transport models or with slope stability models as required for a comprehensive solution.

Example analyses

Explore these GeoStudio analyses of environmental protection.

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Caesium 137 Transport

Caesium-137 (Cs-137) is an anthropogenic radioactive isotope formed as a product of nuclear fission. The objective of this example is to analyze Cs-137 transport into an unconfined aquifer using CTRAN/W. The effect of adsorption and decay on solute concentrations and mass discharge is highlighted.

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Frozen Ground Containment Barrier

Frozen soil barriers can be used to isolate contaminated water within a groundwater flow system. This example illustrates the influence of groundwater flow on the propagation of a freezing front from a frozen soil barrier.

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Deep Percolation and Gas Transport in a Soil Cover

This analysis demonstrates how to model the behaviour of a soil cover subject to climatic conditions, including precipitation, evaporation, and root-water uptake.

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Soil Cover Modeling - Hydraulic and Thermal Responses

These examples demonstrate how to simulate the influence of climate interactions on a soil cover, with the application of the land-climate-interaction and the surface energy balance boundary conditions.

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Related products

GeoStudio includes seven integrated products that work in combination to provide effective analysis of environmental protection.

 

SLOPE/W

Stability analysis of soil and rock slopes.

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SEEP/W

Finite element analysis of groundwater flow in saturated / unsaturated porous media.

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SIGMA/W

Finite element stress and deformation analysis of earth and structural materials.

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QUAKE/W

Finite element analysis of earthquake liquefaction and dynamic loading.

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CTRAN/W

Finite element analysis of solute and gas transport in porous media.

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TEMP/W

Finite element analysis of heat transfer and phase change in porous media.

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AIR/W

Finite element analysis of air transfer in mine waste and other porous media.

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GeoStudio's integrated products enable you to work across a broad range of engineering use cases.