Mine Closure

Integrated mine closure planning, design, & implementation

BGC provides integrated services to develop closure plans and closure landform designs for proposed and existing mines. We incorporate the mine plan, as well as the geotechnical, geochemical, and hydrotechnical aspects of the site, to effectively design and schedule the practical reclamation of mine components to meet closure goals and achieve the post-mining land use. Our multi-disciplinary team partners with re-vegetation experts to deliver comprehensive mine closure services.

BGC’s integrated mine closure services include:

Strategic Planning
  • Closure alternatives assessment
  • Closure risk assessment
  • Defining closure goals (outcomes), objectives, and design criteria
  • Selection of appropriate post-mining land use
Design, Engineering, and Construction
  • Landform, reclamation cover, and revegetation design
  • Decommissioning of dams, dykes, and ponds
  • Stability assessments
  • Geohazard assessments
  • Design of adit/portal plugs
  • Closure measures construction quality assurance
  • Remediation system design
Site Wide Water Management
  • Climate change evaluations
  • Water balance modeling
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Hydrotechnical design of water management structures
  • Hydrogeological and seepage assessments
  • Mine waste characterization and acid rock drainage evaluation
  • Geochemistry and water quality assessments
Monitoring and Permitting Support
  • Post-closure monitoring and performance assessment
  • Regulatory and permitting technical support
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Geotechnical site inspections
  • Third-party review

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Key Contacts

Paolo Chiaramello

Paolo Chiaramello

Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson

Senior Hydrogeologist

Heather Provost

Heather Provost

Senior Hydrogeologist

Sharon Blackmore

Sharon Blackmore

Principal Hydrogeochemist, Geochemistry Team Lead

Rob Millar

Rob Millar

Principal Hydrotechnical Engineer

Derek Hrubes

Derek Hrubes

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Geoff Claypool

Geoff Claypool

Principal Geological Engineer, Chief Financial Officer

Brent Mooder

Brent Mooder

Principal Hydrogeological Engineer

Marc Adams

Marc Adams

Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer

Hamish Weatherly

Hamish Weatherly

Principal Hydrologist

Randi Thompson

Randi Thompson

Principal Hydrogeological Engineer

Jack Seto

Jack Seto

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

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