Around the world, many mine operators are finding it a challenge to manage project delays and cost overruns relating to construction and expansion projects. Some of the key reasons for this situation are:
- An increase in the number of construction projects in the pipeline at many mines, both new developments, and expansion of existing mines.
- Escalating construction and associated costs, between planning and the start of construction, as well as during the construction process.
- A shortage of competent, skilled human resources with the required qualifications, expertise, and experience to properly plan and help execute complex projects. Even when the right people are available, it can be prohibitively expensive to employ them full-time, especially when their input may not be required all the time.
As a result of this situation, there is a trend toward making use of specialized mine consulting services as required. Some of the benefits of making use of professional geomechanics consulting services in an advisory, consulting, or operations support role are:
- They work on diverse projects, in different areas and environments, and so, the specialists who provide mine consulting services and geomechanics consulting services can offer an independent viewpoint and fresh perspective, helping to drive innovation and efficiency.
- Specialist geomechanics consultants often have access to state-of-the-art technology or specialized software that may not be available to in-house personnel, in many cases because it requires specific training to utilize and interpret results, or because it is simply not cost-effective to develop or purchase when it is only to be used for a single project or occasional projects.
- External mine consulting services experts represent their client’s best interests and give advice, help with risk assessment, and measure implementation and effectiveness.
At RockEng, we have a highly qualified team of rock engineering experts who will help your existing personnel to formulate plans, implement control systems and suggest operational changes (where appropriate) to improve workplace safety, increase your mine’s efficiency, and facilitate technical services.