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

El Diamante Hydropower Dam

Tierra Group conducted a Preliminary Site Assessment of a potential large-scale landslide near the El Diamante Hydropower Complex in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

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Andina Veladero Engineering Review

Tierra Group performed a forensic study to determine the cause for volumetrically non-compliant leakage volumes occurring in the heap leach facilities leak detection system. Tierra Group reviewed the facility design, engineering and construction quality assurance (CQA) information, construction as built…

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Caeté Complex

Tierra Group developed a site-wide water management plan, and performed a liquefaction potential study following the Samarco tailings dam failure in Minas Gerais, Brazil. A tailings storage facility water balance was developed to optimize water usage and minimize risks at…

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Midas Mine

The Midas Mine is located in northern Nevada, and is owned and operated by Hecla Mining Company.  The mine is an underground mine with an operating mill. The mine’s existing tailings facilities are nearing their end of operating life and…

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San Francisco Mine

Tierra Group conducted geo-electrical testing to locate leaks present in the geomembrane liners underlying a Solution Conveyance Canal, Sumps 1 and 2, and the Intermediate Pond at Timmins Gold Corp’s San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Leak detection testing procedures…

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2020 TSF Annual Dam Inspection

Tierra Group completed an annual dam safety inspection (DSI) to meet both Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) Dam Safety and the client's requirements. The DSI included reviewing monitoring data, a dam and appurtenant structures inspection, and a DSI report.

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Cerro Negro

Tierra Group was selected to assist Goldcorp with global Tailings Stewardship Strategy (TSS) implementation at all of Goldcorp’s active tailings sites in Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, and Guatemala). Tierra Group worked in conjunction with Goldcorp and another global engineering consulting…

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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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North Mara Mine | Tailings Assurance Audit

Tierra Group completed a TAA for the North Mara Tailings Storage Facility (TSF). The TAA was completed to ensure the TSF and site operations complied with Barrick’s Tailings Management Standard, which closely mirrors the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM)…

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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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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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Bolivar Mine

The Bolivar mine is a 3,000 tonne per day underground mining operation in Chihuahua, Mexico producing copper, zinc, silver, and gold. Space constraints in mountainous terrain require dewatering tailings to reduce required area for tailings storage. Tierra Group is assisting…

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