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Providing civil and geotechnical engineering, environmental services, and project/construction management, as well as permitting support for the mining industry.
Our Mining and Design Services team offers a competitive and efficient alternative for all permitting, engineering design, and construction management needs. Services include:
How We Can Help
NewFields provides customized solutions to meet the unique challenges that our clients are faced with. We know that most projects don’t fit neatly in a box. Below is a brief description of some of the services we provide.
- Project Conceptualization
Early contact with regulatory agencies to introduce the conceptual project, solicit concerns and issues, identify jurisdiction of each agency, and permit requirements.
- Environmental/Social Baseline
Design baseline studies and solicit input from regulatory agencies to ensure adequate breadth and depth of each study; implement studies with open communication to agencies to provide assurance that data will satisfy project needs – including mine planning, engineering, internal and external impact analysis.
- Mine Planning
Use baseline information to select the best location for infrastructure (environmentally and economically), engineering design, operational methods, and closure design. Conduct internal impact analysis; retain a record of all options considered (location, design, operation, closure) and the rationale for dismissing.
- Permit Strategy/Navigation
Compile all permit applications to meet both completeness and compliance of regulations and enactments that apply to the project.
- Public Involvement/Community Relations
Conduct informational meetings with stakeholders to inform the public about the project and control the message outside of the regulatory process.
- Geotechnical Engineering
Complete geotechnical investigations to determine locations for various facilities and characterize foundation conditions and borrow areas for construction materials (gravels, sands, silts and clays). Perform settlement analysis, seepage modeling and stability analysis.
- Hydrology and Surface Water Modeling
Determine the watershed limits and expected precipitation to calculate flow rates into areas such as reservoirs, tailings facilities and pits or passing through areas such as culverts under roads or diversion channels.
- Water Resource Studies & Balance Analysis
Analyze the process inflows into an area to ensure that there is a balance between the available storage capacity and outflow.
- Engineering Design
Complete civil engineering design of infrastructure including: tailings storage facilities, heap leach pads, reservoirs, geomembrane lined ponds, channels, waste rock dumps, landfills, ore stockpiles, laydown areas, roads, building foundations, and more.
- Laboratory and Field QA/QC
Complete field and laboratory testing of construction materials (soils, aggregates, concrete, asphalt, geomembrane) to ensure they are installed in accordance with design requirements.
- Construction Management
Planning and management of construction projects that vary from small civil works to large multi-billion dollar complex facilities. Service components include HSE, contract formulation and administration, constructability reviews, project controls (cost and schedule), change management, document control, procurement and logistics, operational and optimization reviews, QA/QC and commissioning of process and mining facilities.
- Project Aerial Imagery and Modeling
Using existing or data obtained from unmanned vehicles, 3D visual animations and extremely accurate terrain modeling can be generated for the project site, no matter how remote.
The NewFields Difference
We practice a “front-loading” permitting strategy that invests the time and effort to satisfy permit requirements before initiation of formal public involvement. The primary reason for this approach is to ensure that the project description that is ultimately represented to the public during formal scoping will have been vetted through the regulations and industry standards and declared to meet the requirements for a permit.
NewFields’ staff has a vast amount of experience including over 120 tailings storage facilities and 85 heap leach facilities. Our experts offer innovative, constructible, and cost effective designs. We have established relationships with primary vendors and contractors in the industry. We have approximately 50 full-time office-based staff, as well as 30 field based staff dedicated to these services.
NewFields is a one-stop option for permitting, design, testing, construction QA/QC, and construction management of new and expanding mine design and construction.
Let us help you with your next project and experience the NewFields difference!