Statement of Qualifications

Civil engineering is designing, constructing, and maintaining physical structures, and comprises at least a partial component of nearly everything Tierra Group International, Ltd. does. Whether applying our core, geotechnical, water resources, or geologic hazards expertise, inevitably our work leads to modifications made to the natural environment or the construction of man-made structures. Tierra Group applies its civil engineering expertise to the conception, design, construction, and operations of physical structures such as:

  • Tailings Dams
  • Water Dams
  • Heap Leach Pads
  • Waste Rock Dumps
  • Retaining Walls
  • Hydraulic Structures - Canals, Channels, Head Structures, Culverts, Pipelines, and Ponds
  •  Infrastructure - Foundations, Roads, Bridge Abutments

Tierra Group has applied our professional civil engineering expertise designing and constructing dozens of these structures on six continents. This geographic variety has allowed Tierra Group’s Team to develop expertise designing facilities under a variety of challenging geotechnical conditions and climates, such as:

  • Laterites
  • Saprolites
  • Swelling or Collapsible Soils
  • Karst
  • High and Active Seismicity (Earthquakes)
  • High Altitudes (4,000 masl)
  • Tropics

Tierra Group has innovatively adapted to these challenging environments using highly-trained professionals and state-of-the-art techniques and software to execute the following:

  • Conceptual Plans
  • Feasibility Designs
  • Final Engineering Designs
  • “For Construction” Drawings
  • Construction Specifications
  • Resident Engineering
  • Quality Assurance

Regardless of the engineering challenges posed, Tierra Group’s broad experience, intimate attention to site-specific conditions, and keen focus on developing innovative solutions has earned us a respected reputation and loyal clients around the world.


Select Civil Projects

Isabella Pearl

Tierra Group performed a technical peer review of the Isabella Pearl heap leach facility (HLF) owned by Gold Resource Corporation. Isabella Pearl mine is located at the west end of the Santa Fe mining district in the Walker Lane gold…

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Mexican Hat PEA Update

Tierra Group conducted an update of the Mexican Hat Project’s Preliminary Economic Assessment. Tierra Group’s update included the heap leach facility design and preliminary stacking plan, waste rock storage pad, and crushed rock storage pad design.

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Marlin Mine

Tierra Group provides Tailings Stewardship Services for the Marlin Mine Tailings Storage Facility. Tierra Group performed a 5-year Dam Safety Review consistent with the Canadian Dam Association protocols, a Facilitated Risk Assessment, site training and in depth inspections of management…

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Boleo Mine

Tierra Group performed an independent technical peer review of the Boleo Mine’s operating tailings storage facility design. In doing so Tierra Group identified several design modifications that when implemented for future stages will reduce sustaining capital cost expenditures by several…

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La India TSF Feasibility Design

Tierra Group provided a feasibility-level Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) design for Condor Gold’s La India Project permitting, a planned 2,000 tpd open pit mine in western Nicaragua. TSF embankments used rockfill from the open pit and a geomembrane liner for…

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Mt. Todd Dam Assessment

Tierra Group conducted an Independent Technical review of Vista Gold Corp’s Mt. Todd Tailings Storage Facility Expansion in Northern Territory, Australia.

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El Aguila

Tierra Group performed a 3rd party engineering design peer review of a tailings storage facility expansion design. The review resulted in the owner realizing $650,000 in cost savings without compromising the facility's design integrity over the original design. Tierra Group also…

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Robinson Mine Trade-Off Study

Tierra Group completed a trade-off study to evaluate raising the existing Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) or building a new TSF at KGHM's Robinson Mine in White Pine County, Nevada. An Alternatives Decision Matrix (ADM) was developed using weighted qualitative and quantitative parameters…

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Antapaccay

Glencore’s Antapaccay mine is located in the Espinar province, Cuzco, Perú. Tierra Group logged geotechnical, geological and geo-mechanical properties of drill core advanced in Antapaccay's Northern Pit. Approximately 6,000 meters of core were logged. Specific samples were selected for geotechnical…

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Anaconda Mine

Tailings Storage Trade-Off Study Tierra Group completed trade-off studies evaluating potential TSF sites to store 25 million tonnes of tailings. Trade-off studies included dam layouts, cost estimating, and recommendations for future work. Trade-off study challenges were minimizing costs while still…

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Kiaka Feasibility Study Update

Tierra Group lead the Feasibility Study update for the Kiaka project. Tierra Group  updated the TSF, WRD, hydrology / hydraulics, mine planning, and overall assembly and authoring of the updated NI 43-101 Technical Report.

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Quinsam Coal

Tierra Group served as an independent subject matter expert for the Quinsam Coal Corporation (QCC) Independent Tailings Review Board (ITRB) in British Columbia, Canada. The annual review process included review of existing documents, a site visit, and collaborative meetings with…

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