Mining with Backfill

The 9th international Symposium on mining with backfill, Minefill2007 will be held April 29 to May 2, 2007 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Convention Centre in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Symposium is being hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) together with McGill and Queen’s Universities, along with the generous support of sponsors.

The theme of the Conference is "Innovation and Experience in Minefill Design". A large international attendance of mine backfill experts, mining engineers, planners, contractors, manufacturers, consultants and others associated with mine backfill operations is expected. Attendance to the CIM mining exhibition for Minefill 2007 participants will be free of charge.

The program will cover technical development trends, the comprehensive use of mineral resources and environmental protection in mining. Topics to be covered are:
:: Minefill design and stability analysis
:: Paste fill
:: Gel fill, composite fill
:: Fill equipment, thickeners and pumps
:: Minefill characteristics and properties
:: Minefill binders and alternatives
:: Hazards and risk assessment
:: Mitigation and maintenance
:: Green backfill stopes (use of minefill stopes for environmental purposes)
:: Lessons learned from failures
:: Design of backfill systems
:: Application of new technology and new equipment
:: Application of new materials in mining with backfill
:: Mechanisms of interaction between the fill and the rock mass
:: Backfill and its impact on mining safety
:: Technology for underground waste disposal
:: Minefill transportation and flow characteristics
:: Surface disposal of thickened tailings and paste fill

The CALL FOR PAPERS deadline is September 1, 2006. Papers should cover recent research and innovative developments in minefill (hydraulic fill, thickened tailings, cemented paste fill), and are welcome at

An exhibition is being organized in conjunction with the CIM exhibition. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact [email protected] There are opportunities for companies and organizations interested in raising their profile with the target audience. Please contact Ferri Hassani at [email protected]

Ferri Hassani, Chairman, Minefill 2007, McGill University, Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, 3450 University, Adams Building, Room 109, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 2A7. Tel: (514) 398-8060. Fax: (514) 398-5016