Mining

For decades, Geosyntec has provided technical services and practical solutions to the worldwide mining industry. This experience has been gained in virtually every environment ranging from hot and arid to extreme cold and in many cases in very remote areas requiring unique solutions.

Clients turn to us to solve complex engineering and environmental challenges that ultimately reduce life-cycle cost, improve environmental performance, reduce long-term environmental liability, simplify closure, and maximize post-mine land use and conversion. In addition, we support mine development and project evaluation based on the complex market drivers associated with the mining industry, including market value, government regulations, the need for innovative technologies, and the importance of corporate social responsibility and social governance.

Our mining engineers and scientists, including geologists, geochemists, permitting specialists, biologists, mine-closure specialists, hydrologists, and geohydrologists understand the critical decisions associated with addressing engineering and environmental issues throughout the life of a mine. We tailor investigations and design approaches to the clients’ end-use plans and global industry standards, working with clients and stakeholders to realize the full value of their site with the knowledge that working as a team creates the best solutions.

Mine Water Management

One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is how to develop and manage water resources. We help clients find the most efficient ways to procure, control, and manage water, with an eye to use and reuse every drop of water at the site and to minimize long-term environmental liabilities that could result from inefficient water management.

To support our mining clients, we apply innovative techniques in stormwater and surface water quality; hydromodification; erosion and sediment control through best management practices; groundwater resource management and cleanup; and process water treatment, reuse, and recycling.

This expertise includes evaluation, development and infrastructure, dewatering, digital modelling, optimization of supplies, conjunctive uses, treatment, reuse, water rights, substitute water supply plans, and augmentation.

Innovative Closure Solutions

We craft closure solutions that are protective of the environment and that also consider costs and benefits associated with decommissioning, closure, and final land use alternatives. Our experience extends to multiple mine waste repositories, including spoil piles, waste-rock dumps, heap-leach pads, and tailings-storage facilities. We also work with clients to develop best available technologies (BAT) for their non-stormwater ponds, process solution ponds, heap-leach pads, and tailings impoundments to satisfy regulators while keeping costs under control.

With more than 30 years of experience, we provide tailored closure solutions rooted in industry best practices and in compliance with legislative, industry, and local stakeholder standards. We work to optimize capital outlays and operating costs, developing designs that adapt to and take advantage of local climate and geology while supporting future land use and the regional economy.

Regulatory Support

We recognize the constantly changing environment in which our mining clients operate, from changes in regulatory requirements and global industry standards to the social and political issues affecting mine operations and exploration. We have a record of obtaining permits in unique and challenging situations in many countries, relying on our long-standing relationships with permitting agencies, familiarity with their requirements, and record of meeting their expectations with relevant and appropriate documentation.

Our services include the following:

  • Exploration, Mine Geology, and Resource Estimation
  • Hydrogeology, Mine Water Assessment and Treatment
  • Environmental Assessment, Monitoring, and Permitting
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Tailings Management
  • Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Compliance and Management Systems
  • Engineering Design and Feasibility Studies
  • Operations, Construction, Procurement, Oversight, and Management
  • Mine Closure and Reclamation
  • Transactions and Asset Evaluation

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