Effective Ways of Securing Sustainable Water Resources for Mining Operations

Securing sustainable water resources for mining
How can mining companies safely and efficiently secure the water resources needed to sustain future mining operations?
Exploring, developing, and operating a world-class mine brings complex challenges. It also requires huge amount of investments in very demanding environments. Projects need to be delivered on-time and on-budget to critical safety and environmental standards. Success requires dedication to project management and technical excellence through all development phases. It requires a “can do” attitude and an intimate knowledge specific to the industry which comes from many years of experience.

For a successful mining projects, clients should hire a leading mining operator for the collection and interpretation of data relating to the earth’s surface and sub-surface to support mining infrastructure development and operation on land, along the coast and on the seabed. The mining operator should have experience in support of the development of mining facilities includes:

Open pit mines
Tunnels
Infrastructure corridors (roads, railways, power transmission, pipelines)
Ports and harbours
Tailings facilities
Water and environmental management
Monitoring safety and integrity of operating facilities

They should also have the resources and expertise to provide a single-source bundled package of geo-services to the mining industry.

Work Area Study:

A work area study is regularly viewed as the most financially savvy period of a mining venture. It minimizes the danger of startling ground conditions which could build costs and/or venture delays.

We need to embrace a study of the site through existing information so as to distinguish particular elements and explore the historical backdrop of the site by checking on accessible information and data identified with the site. Through our study, we start to decide the likely land conditions underneath the site – including soil sort, rock sort, ground gas discharges, groundwater presence, vegetation, and sullying.

Work Area Studies Includes:
Translation of elevated and satellite pictures
Investigation program plan
Nation concentrates on
Market examination
Site attributes

Surveillance
Amid surveillance, you need to further research work area study data and conclusions. Information can be collected through field perception of existing conditions and which will give you an input on conceivable development issues.

Suitable hardware is basic to the surveillance of a site and for the profitability of field staff. You need to get the right hardware and work force to start further recognizable proof of ground characterisation, slant steadiness, checks, and/or unsafe conditions.

Recommended services includes:

Local geochemical and geographical reviews

Remote detecting

Airborne geophysics

Exploration

Developing a successful land site exploration programme requires considered planning. Subsurface characterisation produced by a well-thought-out exploration programme can eliminate or reduce expensive surprises during and after construction. You need to use the appropriate equipment, experience, and personnel to develop and conduct an effective site exploration programme for projects of any scope at any location.

Mining projects with great sensitivity to soil behaviour increasingly rely on sophisticated testing programs. The mining operator should use advanced soils testing laboratories where soil samples from onshore and offshore projects around the world are sent for intricate analyses.

Laboratory analyses mimic the effect of cyclic loads such as wave action, wind, and earthquakes. Special protocols such as temperature and humidity-controlled sample storage are also available to provide quality assurance throughout the testing process.

The mining operator should have experience in the following:

  • Drilling
  • Wireline logging
  • Trenching
  • Sampling
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Mapping
  • Training
  • Resource estimation
  • Permitting
Pre-feasibility & Feasibility
The absolute most basic periods of a task are at the pre-feasibility and feasibility stages. The nature of ecological, topographical, and geotechnical designing structures the benchmark for the accomplishment of your venture.
It is at this stage you give nearby geotechnical data, examine geophysical attributes of the proposed area, fly topographic reviews (LIDAR), and assemble bathymetric information for ports and harbor improvements. You need to incorporate this information and its determinations into a GIS framework.

The mining operator should be able to provide the following services:

Penetrating

Wireline logging

Geophysics

Hydrological evaluation

High accuracy land reviews

Asset demonstrating and order

Natural effect concentrates on

Mine arranging

Financial examination

Construction/EPC

You need to hire a reputable company that provides engineering and construction support to the mining industry. With strength in coastal engineering and construction, our global fleet of jack-up platforms is active throughout the world, supporting geotechnical investigations of ports and harbours.

The company should be able to drill large diameter shafts in hard rock and utilise this technology in desalination plant water intakes. Infrastructure support skills extend to pipelines, railroads, and foundations for crushers, mechanical handling, and mineral processing units. They should also provide on-site construction materials testing laboratories and deep pile foundation testing in support of the EPC phase.

The company should also have experience in:

  • CPT services
  • Drilling
  • Wireline logging
  • Geophysics
  • Work plans
  • Mineral processing plan
  • Permitting procedure
  • Drainage design
  • Slope stability assessment
  • Landscape planning
  • Infrastructure design

Operation & Closure

Geotechnical and geological analysis of slope stabilities, in situ geo monitoring, and periodic LIDAR surveys of open pit developments and stockpiles are vital for mining operators. Cone Penetration Technology (CPT) is used to determine the integrity of tailings facilities and our hydrology and geohydrologists provide accurate recommendations on water mapping, pollution control, and similar ongoing mining operational issues.

Recommended services for mining operators should include:

  • CPT services
  • Drilling
  • Wireline logging
  • Geophysics
  • Mine layout
  • Environmental audits
  • Training
  • Mine closure plan
  • Monitoring
  • Re-cultivation
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