Tailings Dams & Tailings Impoundments

Safe, economical designs adaptive to performance

BGC provides comprehensive geoscience-based engineering services for tailings impoundments for the entire mining life cycle from conceptual design through closure that includes site selection and characterization; all stages of design; issued for construction documents; construction monitoring; operation and maintenance manuals, surveillance and inspection; and reclamation plans.  

BGC provides comprehensive geoscience-based engineering services for tailings impoundments for the entire mining lifecycle from conceptual design through closure. These services include:
  • Site selection, characterization, geohazard assessment, borrow studies, risk assessments, alternatives studies
  • Design for:
    • All stages of mining including conceptual, feasibility, capital/operational, and closure
    • Different tailings technologies including conventional slurry, thickened, filtered 
    • Optimized economics using the available borrow 
    • Different site conditions including climate (e.g., cold, temperate, arid, tropical climates and their potential for future changes “climate change”), and high seismicity 
    • Structures to manage stormwater and seepage (including projected future climate change) 
  • Engineer of record (EOR) duties with issued for construction documents (drawings specification, records reporting), construction monitoring (QA and QC), contract bid evaluation support 
  • Operational support including water balances, dam breach studies, operation and maintenance manuals, surveillance and inspection, instrumentation and remote sensing systems for monitoring, and depositional planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Support for engagement with regulators or members (e.g., for permits). 

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Key Contacts

Chris McKane

Chris McKane

Principal Geological/Geotechnical Engineer, Mining Team Lead

Ed Carey

Ed Carey

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Andre Zerwer

Andre Zerwer

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Simon Dickinson

Simon Dickinson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Chief Technical Officer

Roy Mayfield

Roy Mayfield

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Daryl Dufault

Daryl Dufault

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Brian Nachtigal

Brian Nachtigal

Principal Geotechnical/Geological Engineer

Angela Küpper

Angela Küpper

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Bill Burton

Bill Burton

Principal Geotechnical/Geological Engineer, Horizon 3 R&D Lead

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