Engineers should look to nature if they want to build lasting structures

When engineers are closing a mine and need to build structures that will last, Les Sawatsky suggests they look at natural land forms for inspiration.

Sawatsky, a senior consutlant at Golder Associates and a speaker at the upcoming Mine Closures conference, says natural structures can teach engineers how time erodes.

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"Engineers must recognize they can control erosion for a time, but not for a long time," says Sawatsky.

"Erosion will cause eventual deteroration of almost any landform we create."

Sawatsky says engineers should study the natural environment and land forms that have existed for thousands of years.

"Study the processes that are involved in developing sustainable, natural land forms and replicate those processes so that mine disturbed land will become much like that of the natural environment."