Authors: Pollock, T; Anstey, D

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Pollock, T & Anstey, D 2010, 'Advances in 3D visualisation for mine waste engineering', in R Jewell & AB Fourie (eds), Mine Waste 2010: Proceedings of the First International Seminar on the Reduction of Risk in the Management of Tailings and Mine Waste, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 147-157,

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Recent advances in computer technology are allowing users to generate increasingly realistic three- dimensional (3D) animations. Applications of this technology have become commonplace in movies and other media. However, the mining industry is also using this technology as a tool to assist in managing risk and community expectations. Realistic 3D visualisations allow mining companies to present complex proposals and visions to stakeholders who may not possess a technical background. Visualisations of proposed mine developments are now being incorporated into the environmental review process for some projects. Mining companies are also using 3D visualisations to present concepts to boards, shareholders and potential investors. The ability to ‘fly-through’ images and interact with proposed landforms assists in the development of a common understanding between the designer, owner and the community. This paper discusses the application of 3D visualisation tools to the design and presentation of mine waste storage facilities. Recent developments in visualisation software are discussed along with practical applications for the integration of visualisation and design.

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