Mining

Fugro offers a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions to the mining industry. We operate worldwide and for the entire lifecycle of mining projects, ranging from desktop studies, reconnaissance, exploration, feasibility, through to operation and closure. Our services include project management, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation and visualisation. Based on our geoscience and engineering expertise, we deliver cost-effective solutions to minimise technical risks and ensure sustainable mining developments for our clients. 

From conception to decommissioning, Fugro offers unified support for mining companies to explore and extract raw materials efficiently and safely, and to solve associated environmental, logistical and technical challenges. We combine a range of survey, mapping, site investigation and sampling technologies with geo consulting services to provide relevant, reliable and insightful information. Our advice provides a strong foundation for your project through all development phases and is based on many years of experience.

We provide services for:

  • Project management and control
  • Reconnaissance, exploration and feasibility studies
  • Resource estimations according to international standards
  • Approval procedures
  • Planning and development during mine operation
  • Construction monitoring
  • Geotechnical site investigation
  • Tailings facilities (including management)
  • Water, waste and environmental management
  • Monitoring safety and integrity of operating facilities including QHSSE safety reviews
  • Data management using in-house GeODin and Fugro Online software

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

Fugro offers geological desktop studies and conceptual design for mineral exploration programs to minimise uncertainty, the risks of increased costs and project delays. We collect and analyse all aspects of available historical data for an area with mineral occurrences or deposits. We are specialized in determining the geological and site conditions – including soil type, rock type, resources, hydrology, vegetation, infrastructure and possible contaminations.

We provide:

  • Geological interpretation of aerial and satellite images
  • Reviews of previous reports and technical documents
  • Conceptual exploration program design
  • Analysis of national, regional and local specifics (country studies)
  • Market and site analysis
  • Cost estimations

Fugro has the necessary equipment and experienced specialists to provide single-source services during reconnaissance, including data management services and consulting. We perform geological mapping using state-of-the-art geological, geophysical and geochemical field methods. Fugro also provides integrated geological reports.

We offer:

  • Remote sensing
  • Ground geophysics
  • Geochemical and geological surveys
  • Geological mapping
  • Data management (ArcGIS and in-house GeODin and Fugro Online software)

Successful mineral exploration projects require a properly-designed mineral exploration program and careful planning. Fugro has the appropriate equipment, staff and experience to plan and conduct fieldwork of any scope, at any location and within the budget of the project. We take your project to scoping study level and report exploration results and preliminary resource estimations to internationally recognized standards, such as JORC or NI43-101 codes.

We provide:

  • Project management
  • Planning and execution of exploration programs
  • Drilling
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Trenching
  • Sampling
  • Geochemical surveys
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Detailed geological mapping
  • Preliminary resource estimation according to international standards
  • Approval procedures
  • Training
  • Data management (ArcGIS and using in-house GeODin and Fugro Online software)

Quality planning forms the baseline for the success of any mining project. We have a large team of premier engineers and geoscientists to develop pre-feasibility and feasibility studies.

In order to evaluate the feasibility of your project, we develop desktop studies, draw conclusions and give recommendations. These are based on thorough examination of existing data, geological, geophysical and geochemical sampling and analysis, subsequent geological modelling, interpretation and resource/reserve estimation using appropriate software packages, and assessment of economic and environmental aspects. The data is then integrated into a geographic information system (GIS) and ready for further processing.

We provide:

  • Project management
  • Mineral drilling
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Hydrogeological assessments (including modeling and management)
  • High precision land surveys
  • Geological 3D modeling and Resource estimation according to international standards
  • Economic feasibility and reserve classification according to international standards
  • Environmental and social impact assessments
  • Mine planning
  • Data management (ArcGIS and in-house GeODin or Fugro Online software)

With our global competence in geological, geotechnical and geophysical surveys, Fugro supports mining companies in developing their mining infrastructure. We are your reliable partner in planning, monitoring and quality control of earthmoving and foundation work as well as approval procedures. We are proud of our safety record and we share the same philosophies with owners when it comes to safe mining operations. Fugro offers managed and individual solutions, executed in an efficient and economical way.

We can provide you with:

  • Geotechnical site characterisation and slope stability assessment
  • In-situ technologies, such as Direct-Push (DP), Cone penetration testing (CPT), Membrane Interface Probe (MIP), Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF), Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT), Electrical Conductivity (EC) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF-CPT)
  • Drilling and sampling
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Surface and land geophysics
  • Base line study according to Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
  • Design, tendering and supervision of earthworks and foundations (specialist site management)
  • Quality control and assessment (e.g. pile load tests and compaction controls)
  • Monitoring concepts
  • Hydrogeological assessments (modeling, management and dewatering concepts)
  • Approval procedures and environmental & social impact studies (frame work plan, environmental baseline study, environmental impact assessment, environmental management plan)

We have over 30 years of experience in consulting and evaluation of mining operations in all phases through to closure and rehabilitation. We ensure sustainable and safe post-mining landscapes through risk analyses to assess the stability and environmental impact, as well as the development and design of rehabilitation procedures based on innovative exploration strategies. Our experienced team provides recommendations on water, soil and slopes as well as environmental clean-up procedures and pollution control.

Our services include:

  • Geological mapping
  • Geo risk analyses
  • Geotechnical site investigation by cone penetration testing (CPT)
  • Drilling and sampling
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Mine planning, mine design, mine closure (main, special and final work plans, tailing concepts and design)
  • Hydrogeological assessments (including modeling, management and dewatering concepts)
  • Geotechnical stability reports
  • Planning and monitoring of earthworks and foundations (specialist site management)
  • Environmental audits
  • Concepts for post-mining landscapes
  • Training and capacity building
  • Data management (ArcGIS and in-house GeODin or Fugro Online software)

The exploration, development, operation, and closure of mines bring unique environmental, logistical, and technical challenges. The deposits can be located in urban areas or in remote and rough terrains, distant from the point of export. A mining company is responsible for the safety on site, social aspects and the protection of the environment. 

Besides consulting services Fugro also provides all the necessary equipment and technical know how for reconnaissance and analysis. We are your experienced partner offering cost-effective and tailor-made solutions for your mining project.

We pride ourselves on:

  • Customized solutions from one source for the mining industry
  • The quality of our technical expertise and ability to solve complex technical problems
  • Our comprehensive risks management
  • Our commitment to quality, safety, and the environment
  • Technical lead by investments in technology and equipment
  • Our commitment to governing laws and regulations in the region where we are working in

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