The effective, safe disposal of mining waste presents technical and environmental challenges. Each project site is unique and our approach is to tailor the design of every tailings and waste rock storage facility to provide economic solutions appropriate to the site conditions, while providing long-term security and environmental protection.
We have a long history of assisting our clients in the siting, design, permitting, construction support, operational monitoring, and closure of tailings and waste rock storage facilities for a wide variety of climatic and seismic conditions throughout the world.
We have pioneered and advanced the development of alternative tailings management technologies, such as sub-aqueous systems, drained sub-aerial systems, thickened/ultra thickened/paste tailings disposal, and dewatered ‘dry stack’ tailings systems. We provide complete and comprehensive design and operational expertise for tailings management tailored to the specific features of each site and needs of each client.
Our areas of expertise include:
Our technical experts have designed tailings dams for hundreds of mines in every major mining district in the world. In addition, we have designed dams for water storage, power development, irrigation, and flood control. Dam expertise includes earthfill and rockfill dams; concrete-face rockfill dams; concrete gravity and arch dams; roller-compacted concrete dams; design of appurtenant structures such as spillways and diversion channels or tunnels; and water-retaining and drained tailings dams constructed from mine waste materials.
Our full suite of tailings dam services include:
Our experienced tailings dam monitoring and management professionals provide leading-edge monitoring and risk reduction solutions for safe, responsible tailings management. An innovative suite of new instrumentation, remote monitoring techniques, and data management systems provide unprecedented real-time, remote access to data and evaluation tools. These state-of-the-art systems compliment experienced engineering guidance and operational management strategies to enhance safety and environmentally responsible tailings management, control corporate risk and increase public confidence in the mining industry.
Our specialists provide world-renowned expertise in tailings management and have been involved in the design, construction, operational monitoring, and closure of tailings facilities around the globe. Our industry-leading tailings monitoring and management professionals design and implement state-of-the-art tailings monitoring programs tailored to project specific site conditions and our clients’ operational requirements. We offer a comprehensive range of instrumentation, monitoring, and dam safety services that take advantage of leading-edge technologies and draw upon our extensive industry experience. Our relevant technical services include:
Dam breach studies are generally expected and often required for the design and operation of tailings storage facilities. Understanding the consequences of a dam breach ultimately leads to designing safer dams and properly preparing for emergencies.
Our world-leading experts conduct dam breach modelling and inundation mapping for a wide range of projects within the mining and hydropower industries. Our team has completed numerous modelling projects for a global client base. The results of such studies are used to determine the hazard classification of a dam through the assessment of dam failure consequences, to support emergency preparedness and response planning, and to inform environmental project assessments.
A complete understanding of ore deposit geology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and hydrochemistry is important for developing mining operations in an environmentally safe fashion. Our expertise in waste characterization, tailings and waste rock, field and laboratory testing, numerical modeling, and the practical application of preventative strategies has been applied to numerous successful mining projects at various stages from initial development to permitting and from operation to closure.
Development of basic engineering for a tailings dam expansion