Mining consulting

Ausenco´s mining consulting services cover a wide range of areas that are specific to the needs of each phase in the project lifecycle, from preliminary assessment to scoping, prefeasibility, feasibility and detail engineering for open pit and underground mines.

Mining consulting services

  • Exploration
  • Geological modelling
  • Resource and reserve estimation
  • Geo-technics and numerical modelling
  • Mine design, planning and economical evaluation
  • Mine permitting, environmental and closure.

Key mining services

  • Mine design and planning
  • Project evaluation
  • Project management
  • Technical audits and due diligence
  • Mining support disciplines
  • Tunnelling

Mining group expertise

Ausenco’s Mining consulting team's mining specialists and Principal Mining Associates have more than 420 collective years of experience working on diverse mine designs and project development from exploration and conceptual stages to feasibility studies, construction and environmental reviews for a range of projects in South, Central and North America.These projects include copper, gold, iron and polymetallic ore deposits exploited in both open pit and underground mines.

More details on our services and contact details are provided below.

Mine design and planning

Open pit mine design

  • Final Pit Selection and optimization
  • Open pit phases and Final Pit design
  • Reserve mine extraction strategy
  • Waste dump design
  • Selection of exploitation´s sequence and mine planning
  • Mine fleet´s calculation
  • Short term Grade Control Implementation
  • OP/UG Interaction
  • Economical evaluation

Underground mine design

  • Exploitation method selection (selective and/or massive)
  • Mining plan
  • Ventilation and utilities
  • UG Infrastructure
  • Economical evaluation

Specific studies

Our expert team can add value to a range of studies including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Material handling
  • Project’s viability
  • Transport simulation
  • Generation of predictive modelling
  • Minerals processing

Supporting mining disciplines

Exploration geology

  • Design of exploration campaigns and drill targets, site drilling supervision and geological and geometallurgical modelling

Resources geology

  • UG´s modelling, geostatistic and resource estimation and categories, Jorc and NI 43-101 reporting

Geotechnical geology

  • Design of geotechnical drilling campaigns, mapping and core logging, 2D, 3D geotechnical numerical modelling, rock mass characterization, RMR and MRMR

Tunnelling engineering

  • Site investigation and alignment alternative’s selection
  • Selection of tunnels section according with standards, serviceability and excavation method
  • Design and engineering for tunnelling, shaft sinking and other underground facilities
  • Drill and blasting - TBM, NATM, Caverns
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Site supervision during construction
  • Risk analysis
  • Numerical modelling (2D and 3D)
  • Rehabilitation of tunnels
  • Strategic planning
  • Civil engineering design

Contact us

For more information or a confidential discussion with one of our experts, please contact: Alejandro Palma, MSc. (C. Eng.), MAusIMM, FSAIMM, ASCE; CRIRSCO, Vice President Mining Consulting -