Geology and Mine engineering

Determining whether a property is profitable for development in an economically sound manner can be compared to a hard puzzle. Taking clues from the surface as well as from deep within the earth, and then drawing on experience, geologists can make sense of the complexity that presents itself in all aspects of the mining cycle.


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  • Mine Engineering
  • Mining Environmental Services
  • Mine Infrastructure
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Geology and technical reporting

One of the critical pieces to a project in Canada is the continual filing of National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-01) Technical Reports (there are other comparable reports in Australia, Europe, and South Africa). These structured reports provide investors with independently verified information on every conceivable aspect to aid the investment decision from the geoscientific and engineering perspectives.

With WSP’s long history of signing off sections of Technical Report as ‘Qualified Persons’, our clients trust us to have a complete understanding of the regulatory and compliance requirements.

Mine engineering

Successful mines must balance costs while increasing productivity, ensuring safety, and meeting investor expectations in a socially acceptable manner. In understanding all aspects of the business, as well as the technical issues, WSP’s comprehensive and highly-skilled mining engineering team provides safe and economically optimal solutions.

Our professionals have provided engineering solutions around the world for open-pit and underground projects. Our extensive experience ranges from scoping studies to detailed engineering and capital upgrades, capable of maximizing the economic potential of any project.

 

Experience and expertise

WSP Qualified Persons are multilingual experts specializing in precious metals, base metals, minor metals, and bulk commodities. Our engineers and geoscientists are also Qualified Persons in ore resource/reserve calculation and geostatistical analysis in Scoping Studies and Preliminary Economic Assessments. Our mining and mineral processing engineers complete the team with specific skills needed to lead Pre-feasibility Studies and Feasibility Studies.

Our services

  • Selection and validation of mine design criteria and mining method
  • Design of open pits and determination of optimal production rate
  • Design of underground mining methods (with or without backfill)
  • Open pit and underground rock mechanics
  • Ventilation designs
  • Design of the backfill distribution system (rock, hydraulic, high density, paste)
  • Strategic and tactical mine planning
  • Mining equipment selection
  • Preliminary, pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic assessments
  • Operational improvements design, audit, and optimization of ventilation circuits
  • Technical assistance to operators
  • Mine dewatering and water treatment systems
  • Compressed air distribution systems
  • Preparation of production schedules and life-of-mine planning
  • Capital and operating costs estimation and preparation of economic models
  • Property assessments
  • Mineral exploration planning and execution
  • Reports reconciliation
  • Pre-feasibility studies and Feasibility trade-off studies
  • Qa / qc program reviews
  • Due diligence & acquisition review