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

Equity Silver ITRB

Tierra Group's Matt Fuller, LEG, P.Geo. serves as one of three ITRB technical experts providing technical assurance of the Engineer of Record’s design and monitoring compliance with BC regulations, the Newmont Corporate Tailings Standard, and industry best practices.

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Don Mario Gold Mine

Don Mario Mine is an open pit gold/copper mine located in the Chiquitos Province, Santa Cruz, Bolivia that has been operating since 2002 and currently produces 2700 tpd mill throughput. Conventional tailings are transported and deposited in a high-density polyethylene lined geomembrane valley…

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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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Guanacevi

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services, including a dam inspection, slope stability review and operational improvements. The Guanacevi tailings storage facility, located in Durango, Mexico, consists of dry-stack (Press filtered) tailings placed atop a conventional (slurry) tailings storage facility.

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Los Gatos Project

Tierra Group provided detailed Stage 1 and 2 Tailings Storage Facility design, conducted a process plant geotechnical foundation investigation, and provided Construction Quality Assurance for Sunshine Silver Mining's Los Gatos Project in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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American Gypsum

American Gypsum Pit Planning and Support Tierra Group began working at American Gypsum’s Eagle-Gypsum mine located in Gypsum, Colorado in 2014 evaluating haul road improvements. A trade-off study provided a tool for American Gypsum to evaluate safety improvements including alternative haul road…

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Hecla WWR 5840’ Raise EDC

Tierra Group prepared an engineering design change to increase the maximum elevation permitted for the mine’s existing WWR. Project included a waste rock dump expansion civil design and stability modeling to verify design complied with regulatory dam safety criteria.

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Project Track Technical Review

Tierra Group conducted a pre-investment due diligence Technical Review including; Environmental, Permitting, and Social License; Geology and Mineral Resources; Mining and Reserves; Metallurgy and Process Design; Geotechnical, Hydrology, and Hydrogeology; Project Infrastructure, Heap Leach Facility, and Waste Disposal; and Capital…

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Dona Lake DSR

Serving on Newmont Goldcorp’s Tailings Independent Review Board, Tierra Group provided an Independent Dam Safety Review for the Dona Lake Mine tailings storage facility in Pickle Lake, Ontario, Canada.

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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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2020 Annual Dams Inspection Aurora Mine

Tierra Group is the Engineer of Record (EoR) for two tailings dams at the Aurora Mine. Tierra Group provided annual dam safety inspections for the tailings dams to meet Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) Dam Safety permit requirement. Work included…

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Santa Pancha Mine

Tierra Group provided a desktop and field review of B2Gold’s Santa Pancha Mine hydrogeology. The review identified data gaps in site data and provided recommendations for improve an existing site hydrogeology model and improve underground water management. The hydrogeologic model…

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