Mines: Geotechnical Engineering of Earthen Structures and Impoundments

Mines: Geotechnical Engineering of Earthen Structures and Impoundments

Since the inception of the company, Geosyntec professionals have focused their expertise in the research and development of solutions to complex geotechnical challenges associated with the design, construction, and operation of earthen structures and impoundments that are critical to the successful extraction and processing of economic ore deposits.

Examples of structures for which we have developed engineering solutions include:
  • Earthen dams, dikes, and levees used to create impoundments for the containment and/or storage of tailings, heap leach piles, waste process water, fresh water supply, and surface water runoff;
  • Pond liner systems to collect, contain, and control waste rock leachate, tailings slimes, pregnant leachate solution, and untreated process water;
  • Process facility foundations including above ground vat leach pits, above ground storage and process tanks, water treatment facilities, portable and stationary process mills, power plants, and similar process facilities.

From our practical and research experience we apply state-of-the-practice engineering design and material application solutions (geosynthetic liners) that are tailored to addressing the objectives and unique challenges of mining operations. Challenges such as preventing the escape of valuable pregnant leachate solution, preventing the release of contaminated waste rock leachate or tailing slimes to the surface or groundwater, designing structurally sound dams, dikes, and levees in challenging topographic environments, and similar issues.

Lead Consultants

  • Evan Cox, M.Sc.
    Evan Cox is a Senior Principal Remediation Scientist based in Ontario with more than 15 years of experience focused on managing and directing soil and groundwater remediation projects dealing with ...
  • Greg Corcoran, P.E.
    Greg Corcoran is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience with a focus on the design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for waste ...
  • Poppy Staub
    Margaret "Poppy" Staub is a Senior Principal Geologist and Environmental Engineer based in Colorado with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental compliance, Superfund site managem ...
  • Jeffrey Kurtz, Ph.D.
    Jeffrey Kurtz is a Senior Geologist based in Colorado with more than 30 years of experience focused on geochemical assessments, site investigations, and environmental forensics. Helping cli ...
  • Stephen Foster, Ph.D.
    Stephen Foster is a Principal based in Colorado with more than 30 years of experience focused on preparing human health and ecological risk assessments for projects regulated under CERCLA, RCRA, th ...
  • Tom Krug, P.Eng.
    Tom Krug is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in Ontario focused on the evaluation and development of innovative strategies and technologies for remediation of complex contaminated propertie ...
  • Trevor Carlson
    Trevor Carlson is a Principal Environmental Consultant based in Saskatchewan with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental remediation projects including the characterization and r ...
  • Jason Kerstiens, P.E.
    Jason Kerstiens is a Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer with over 17 years of experience providing process engineering, regulatory compliance, water resource optimization, and strategic pla ...
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