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Without geotechnical engineers there would be no mines. We design and build the dams and tailings impoundments; we make sure the heap leach pads and waste rock dumps are stable; and we are mostly responsible for the stability of open pit rock slopes and underground mine backfill and subsidence avoidance works. This site is the place where we provide updated news, views, reviews, and resources on mine geotechnical perspectives and issues.

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Are other tailings ponds in B.C. at risk of failing?
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
How many more of the 98 mine tailings ponds in B.C. are vulnerable to sudden, unexpected collapse? And is there a viable alternative to storing massive amounts of mine waste under water behind dams? read more »
Mount Polley Geotechnical Report Released
Friday, January 30, 2015
Independent inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach concluded that evidence indicates the breach was the result of a failure in the foundation of the embankment read more »
Geotechnical inspections pinpoint concerns at mine dams: documents
Thursday, December 11, 2014
AuRico Gold will remove a portion of the 70,000 trees planted on a tailings dam after the province said the seedlings were a potential safety concern. read more »
Crack in Mount Polley mine’s dam noted in 2010 inspection report
Friday, September 26, 2014
A 2010 dam safety inspection at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine identified several concerns, including the discovery of a 10 to 15-metre long “tension” crack in the earthen dam. read more »
Canada’s Mount Polley disaster: experts warned tailings pond 'getting large'
Monday, August 11, 2014
A breach at Imperial Metals' (TSX:III) Mount Polley Mine tailings pond in Canada’s British Columbia may have been avoided had the company listened to concerns raised by engineers that designed the containment system, Knight Piésold Consulting said. read more »

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