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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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Proposed B.C. mine plans to reduce water content in waste but still use tailings dams
Thursday, December 31, 2015
KGHM International’s proposed Ajax copper and gold project will be one of the first tests of the B.C. government’s approval of waste storage for large open pit mines after the Mount Polley mine dam failure in 2014. read more »
Imperial Metals escapes charges from Mount Polley tailings breach
Thursday, December 17, 2015
No charges will be laid by the provincial government due to the failure of the Mount Polley tailings dam, said the B.C. chief mines inspector. The chief inspector found that the mine and its engineers employed weak practices on the mine site. read more »
Australian laser scanners keep vigilant eye on open pit miners under constant threat of wall collapse
Monday, August 17, 2015
A laser scanner used by forensic police to examine crime scenes has now been employed to keep open pit miners safe from collapsing walls. read more »
GroundProbe releases new pit monitoring radar
Thursday, June 18, 2015
GroundProbe has released its new slope stability monitoring radar for pit mining, to increase safety by identifying slope instability, which will also boost mining productivity. read more »
Engineering firm focuses on tailings, backfill management
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
To the untrained eye, a visit to Kovit Engineering’s lab in Sudbury looks like a number of adults playing with combinations of sand, silt and water. read more »


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