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Open Pit Mine Design, Planning and Engineering

Maximizing profits by digging deeper for value

SRK professionals have strong operational and technical backgrounds and have gained substantial experience in mines employing a multitude of mining methods, exploiting all commodities on all continents. These benefits ensure that our solutions and advice are not only practical and workable, but take account of appropriate geotechnical, hydrogeological, economic and environmental considerations.

Our services cover scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies as well as economic evaluations, detailed mine design and layouts, production scheduling and equipment selection, operating cost estimation and capital expenditure estimation. We also have key people pro-actively reviewing improved mining methods outside traditional approaches.

We have in-house skills with all major software design, optimisation and scheduling packages. We have expert users for a range of software packages including Whittle, Gemcom, Vulcan, MineSight, Datamine, Surpac, Talpac, Xpac and Minemax.

We have developed an innovative and rigorous mine planning methodology that results in a comprehensive technical report inclusive of the life-of-mine plan and techno-economic model for any given mineral resource. The methodology focuses on pit optimisation to determine the cut-off strategy, economic mining depth, size and scale of operation. We are dedicated to identify the best option for project development and produce client-focused solutions to technical challenges. 

With the growing need to bring projects into production more quickly and on budget, we can accelerate the process for mining companies by supplying consultants to supplement the client’s own technical resources to achieve the desired outcomes within the project timeframe. Our personnel ensure appropriate decisions to guide project development are made at the earliest opportunity and are committed to reviewing what aspects of project advancement can be done in parallel to minimise the risk of rework. 

Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams
on  a copper project and mitigating risks
of acid rock drainage in the Amazon

By Fernando Rodrigues, Principal Consultant | Mining (SRK Denver)


  • The full range of studies from scoping to detailed feasibility
  • Mine planning reviews and technical audits
  • Development and implementation of optimal mining strategies
  • Operational assistance, reviews and improvements
  • Financial evaluations
  • Risk analyses
  • Project reviews
  • Due diligence
  • Competent person reports
  • Independent expert reports
  • Stock market listing reports



Feature Article

Simplified 3D Modelling of Bench-berm Design

Simplified 3D modelling of bench-berm design

SRK Vancouver’s Geotechnical Group developed a simple and practical 3D modelling tool that can be used to quickly assess the stability of bench scale failures and the minimum berm width within a given design without advanced numerical knowledge. Read more…

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SRK North America