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

Newcrest Telfer Tailings Stewardship

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services for TSFs and water dams at the Cadia, Terfer, and Red Chris properties. Responsibilities included data/report review; identifying and assisting the client with managing risks, liabilities, controls, and reporting; evaluating progress towards GISTM compliance;…

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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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Morelos Mine

Tierra Group designed and implemented a stability and safety monitoring plan for Torex Gold’s Morelos Mine dry stack tailings storage facility (TSF). The monitoring plan includes installing inclinometers and vibrating wire piezometers, and training operations staff to download instrumentation readings.…

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San Andrés Mine

Previous to Tierra Group, our Team performed a geotechnical forensics assessment, which determined that spent ore from an on-off leach pad operation had liquefied causing a debris flow, which threatened inundating a major river basin. A preventative detention buttress was…

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Çöpler Tailings Storage Facility and Heap Leach Facility Technical Review

Tierra Group has a history of annually providing third-party technical reviews for the tailings storage facility and heap leach facility at Anagold's Çöpler Gold Mine in Middle Anatolia, Turkey. Additionally, Tierra Group currently performs independent technical reviews for the rockfill…

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Stillwater Mine

Nye-Hertzler Tailings Independent Review Panel (2020-2023) Tierra Group reviewed the TSF design to support an NI 43-101 compliant Feasibility Study. The TSF design incorporated a paste tailings disposal method in an environmentally sensitive fisheries habitat. Tierra Group sits on the Independent Review…

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Fekola Project | Mali

Earthworks & Construction Quality Control (CQC) Services Tierra Group provided earthworks and concrete Construction Quality Control (CQC) services for B2Gold's Fekola Mine in western Mali. Tierra Group overcame the remote location and kept a dedicated team on-site throughout the 2-year…

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Dam Low Level Outlet Replacement

Tierra Group completed a geotechnical investigation, which included overseeing hollow stem auger (HSA) drilling and laboratory testing, that characterized the existing earthen dam. Tierra Group completed a low-level outlet structure design that was believed to have been compromised by internal…

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Hermosa Project

Tierra Group provided a Third-Party review of the Hermosa Project Tailings Storage Facility Design and Construction stages 1 & 2 in Patagonia, Arizona

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Stibnite Gold Project

The Stibnite project is located in the remote central Idaho Rockies near the town of Yellow Pine.  It is a brownfields gold-antimony project featuring three open pits and an anticipated 22,000 tpd plant throughput, along with challenging terrain and environmental…

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Jerritt Canyon Mine

2023 Dam Inspections/Review Tierra Group completed a site visit to inspect three tailings storage facilities (TSFs) and the Evaporation Pond. In addition to the site visit and dam inspections, design and monitoring reports (prepared by others) were reviewed for each…

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Palmarejo Mine

Tierra Group performed an initial site visit to Coeur Mining’s Palmarejo Mine to conduct dam safety inspections of the tailings storage facility, environmental control dam, water diversion dam, and water diversion channel. Prior to the site visit, Tierra Group reviewed…

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