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BGC provides a comprehensive range of engineering and applied geoscience services for every stage of mine development, from pre-development to operation and closure. With a specialized understanding of the impacts of geology on engineered structures, we excel at providing innovative, common-sense solutions in diverse and challenging terrains. We have successfully completed projects on a wide variety of mineral, metal, oil sand, and coal mining applications worldwide, in conditions ranging from tropical to subarctic.

  • Permitting & Environment

    BGC experts provide a variety of services related to environmental impact assessments, including water quality and contamination assessments, remediation designs, environmental audits, due diligence reviews and community/stakeholder consultation programs. We're also well versed in the permitting needs of mining projects and provide numerous support services.

  • Site Characterization

    Mining projects require a comprehensive understanding of ground conditions as they directly impact the health and safety requirements, design considerations and cost of mining structures. From air photo interpretation and designing drilling programs, to geohazard assessments and in-situ testing, BGC has the expertise to deliver site characterization services for all types of mining projects, particularly those in remote or otherwise challenging settings. We provide our clients with the high quality data they require for developing reliable mine plans.

  • Data Management & Visualization

    BGC has extensive experience building database and mapping applications. We host mission-critical web mapping applications that are leveraged by hundreds of users on a regular basis. We have experience creating drillhole data management and geohazard data management systems. We are leading the industry in the adoption of augmented and virtual reality to visualize geoscience and mining data.

  • Monitoring

    BGC has the expertise to assess the monitoring requirements of a project and recommend appropriate monitoring programs and instrumentation. We have extensive experience with the installation, operation and data management for a wide variety of geotechnical and hydrogeological instruments. Our team is capable of helping clients establish monitoring thresholds and triggers for their monitoring systems and facilities.

  • Infrastructure & Access

    BGC has extensive experience in the siting and layout of mine facilities. We are industry leaders in geotechnical designs for mining infrastructure; including plant, mill, and maintenance facility sites, heap leach pads, tank farms, sedimentation ponds, and ancillary structures. We also provide design, assessment, and ongoing inspection services for roads, ports, docks, water and concentrate pipelines, retaining walls, and powerlines.

  • Geotechnical Design, Construction & Operations

    BGC experts provide geotechnical and hydrogeological input to mine designs and mine engineering plans to ensure that our clients' overall project objectives suit the ground conditions. We offer a broad spectrum of design services, including:

    • Geotechnical design criteria for open pit and underground mine design
    • Waste rock facility and heap leach designs
    • Design and operation of tailings dams and water retaining structures
    • Numerical modeling
    • Rockfall assessments and rockfall mitigation design
    • Pit slope runout, risk assessment, and mitigation design
    • Trigger Action Response Plans
    • Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance (OMS) Plans and Emergency Preparedness Plans (EPP) for dams and mine waste facilities
    • Ground control management plans for open pit and underground mines
    • Specialized construction design, services, drawings and reports, and Engineer of Record services
    • Seismic assessment and liquefaction triggering assessments
    • Quarterly and annual reviews and regulatory reporting
  • Risk Management

    Risk assessments enable mine developers and operators to recognize potential problem areas before they result in serious and costly impacts. Utilizing our geological and geotechnical expertise, BGC provides comprehensive risk assessment services applicable to a wide variety of mine facilities and infrastructure such as tailings dams, open pits, underground openings, waste dumps, and closure plans.

  • Surface and Ground Water Assessments & Management

    Effective and efficient management of water is essential to safe, sustainable mining operations. BGC provides extensive services related to all aspects of mine water management, including:

    Mine site tailings water balances and water management plans

    Design and operation of water diversion channels and structures

    • Design and construction quality assurance for water-retaining dikes
    • Water supply and water quality assessments
    • Dewatering system design
    • Hydrogeological characterization and numerical modelling
    • Dam / pond breach assessments and modelling
    • Dam Safety Inspections and Dam Safety Reviews
    • Inspections for regulatory submissions
  • Mine Closure

    BGC is committed to sustainable and environmentally secure mine closure. We provide integrated services to develop site-specific closure plans for proposed and existing mines. We incorporate the mine plan, as well as the geotechnical, geochemical and hydrotechnical aspects of the site, to effectively schedule the practical reclamation of mine components.

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