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MIN3Pro Short Course

MIN3Pro Live Online Short Course - Fall 2023

Reactive Transport Modelling of Mining Applications with MIN3Pro

  • October 30 to November 23, 2023
  • Monday and Thursday 7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time. 


This course is now full; if you would like to be put on the wait list or be informed of future courses, email richard.amos@carleton.ca

Overview: Reactive transport models are a valuable tool for analyzing and interpreting complex aqueous geochemistry. They are particularly useful in mining application where the extent of environmental consequences such as metal loading or acidic drainage, or the performance of remediation and mitigation strategies, is dependent on thermodynamically and kinetically controlled mineral/water interactions and the coupling with physical processes such as water and gas transport or temperature effects.

The application of reactive transport models is, however, not straightforward. In addition to learning how to use the model, i.e. what buttons to push, the user must understand how to effectively represent real-world physical and geochemical processes using the chemical and mathematical equations of the computer model. In the modelling community, this is referred to as developing a conceptual model and is the key skill required to successfully implement reactive transport models for mining applications and other applications in contaminant hydrogeology. In addition, communicating the details of the model simulations, results and interpretation is critical to the successful use of a model for decision making or stakeholder engagement.

This course will introduce the participants to the reactive transport code MIN3Pro, including its functions and capabilities, interacting with the model database, and graphing model and interpreting output. In addition, the course will strengthen skills in conceptual model development and implementation. Participants will learn to develop a conceptual model from field data and geochemical knowledge and implement that conceptual model in MIN3Pro, including relevant physical and geochemical processes. Assignments will encourage effective communication of model set-up, graphical display of model outputs and realistic interpretation of results. Issues of model validity and uniqueness will also be covered.


The objective of the course is to teach participants how to effectively implement reactive transport models into environmental projects with an emphasis on mining applications. These applications will include tailings, waste-rock and remediation systems. However, the tools and theory learned will be applicable to a broad range of problems in contaminant hydrogeology.

Online Format:

This course will be delivered online using video conference software. To ensure high quality instruction class size will be limited to 15 people.

  • Dates: October 30 to November 23, 2023
  • Classes: Monday and Thursday 7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time. 
  • Independent learning: Approximately 2 to 3 hours per week, including weekly assignments and readings.

The online format provides many benefits for this course; allowing participants to join from anywhere without the travel expense or time commitment required of a typical in-person multi-day course. The two-hour classes are ideal for focused learning and allows time between class for participants to further develop skills and more deeply understand concepts at their own pace through independent assignments and readings.


Course participants will require a computer with capabilities to run Windows-based software. High-end computers are not needed but older computers will slow processors and low memory may result in delays in running some simulations. If you have a concern please contact the course instructor. A spreadsheet program such as MS Excel is also required.

A good quality internet connection for video conferencing is required.

Course Instructors:

  • Richard Amos: Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University. Dr. Amos has extensive experience in the development and application of reactive transport models, including the application issues of mine waste geochemistry and scale-up. 


  • Ulrich Mayer: Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia. Dr. Mayer has led the development of MIN3P and has applied the model to a wide range of geochemical problems including many mining applications. 



Early registration (Extended to October 30, 2023): $1,450 Canadian*

Regular registration: $1,695 Canadian*

*Plus applicable taxes


This course is now full; if you would like to be put on the wait list or be informed of future courses, email richard.amos@carleton.ca

For further information, contact:

Richard Amos: richard.amos@carleton.ca