Statement of Qualifications

Mankind lives on the earth. Everything built, either originated from, is built on, or interacts with, the earth. Geology is the science of the earth. Geotechnical Engineering is the application of geology and mathematics to use Earth’s natural resources to build infrastructure. Tierra Group International, Ltd. applies its geotechnical expertise to the conception, design, construction, and operations of physical structures for the mining industry, including:

  • Foundations
  • Tailings Dams
  • Water Dams
  • Heap Leach Pads
  • Mine Pits
  • Waste Rock Dumps
  • Hydraulic Structures (Canals, Channels, Pipelines, etc.)
  • Civil Infrastructure (Plants, Buildings, Roads, Bridges, etc.)

Tierra Group has applied its 100+ years combined professional geological and engineering expertise consulting on, or 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 challenging geotechnical conditions such as:

  • Laterites
  • Saprolites
  • Swelling or Collapsible Soils
  • Karst
  • Variable Geology
  • Highly and Active Seismicity (Earthquakes)
  • High Altitudes (4,000-m amsl)
  • Tropics

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

  • Site Characterization
  • Soil/Rock Mechanics
  • Geologic Hazards - Landslide, Rock Fall, Avalanches, Seismic (Earthquakes)
  • Geotechnical Analyses - Slope, Stability, Seepage, Settlement, Consolidation, Deformation, Liquefaction
  • Civil Design and Specifications
  • Construction Documents
  • Resident Engineering
  • Quality Assurance
  • Operations Support
  • Forensics and Mitigation
  • Peer Reviews

Regardless of the geotechnical 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 Geotechnical Projects

Goldfield Bonanza Project

Lode-Star Gold, Inc. in advance of their proposed mining operations is preparing to submit a Physical Separation Facility application with the state of Nevada for their Goldfield Bonanza Project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The mine is located in the…

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La Negra Mine

Tierra Group performed a tailings storage facility safety (TSF) audit for the 90 m high upstream constructed tailings dam at La Negra Mine in Querétaro, Mexico. The project included a TSF dam inspection and Dam Safety Inspection Report (DSIR) containing operational…

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Pinos Altos Mine

Tierra Group provided slope stability analysis for Agnico Eagle’s dry stack tailings storage facility containing 330,000 tonnes of tailings.

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Amulsar Gold Project

Tierra Group completed a technical review of the heap leach pad for the Amulsar Mine property owned by Lydian Armenia located near the town of Jermuk to the southeast of Armenia. The heap leach pad consists of four phases with…

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Tajo Crimea Project

Tierra Group is evaluating the geotechnical and hydrogeological characteristics of Tajo Crimea to evaluate the feasibility of using the open pit for tailings storage.  The project scope aims to define geotechnical site conditions, characterize site hydrogeology, and evaluate potential interaction…

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Esmeralda Mill

Tierra Group was contracted by Waterton Global Mining Company to prepare the FPCP for TSF No.1 at the Esmeralda Mine. TSF No.1 covered approximately 100 acres, included a rockfill embankment with a maximum height approximately 60 feet, and stored gold tailings. Work…

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Ernesto e Pau-a-Pique

The Ernesto e Pau-a-Pique (EPP) mine is located in the Municipality of Pontes e Lacerda, at 440 kms of Cuiba City, Brazil. The mine is operated by Apoena Mining, a subsidiary of Aura Minerals Inc. Tierra Group was retained by…

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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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Rosario Mine

Tierra Group performed a Dam Safety Review (DSR) including geotechnical investigations and seepage and slope stability analyses for a 20-m high TSF at this 300‑tpd underground polymetallic mine. The audit was prepared following the Mt. Polley tailings dam failure in…

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Midas Gold Project

Midas Gold’s 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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San Andrés

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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Black Butte Copper Project

Tierra Group performed a third-party design review of a Cemented Tailings Facility (CTF) and multiple process and freshwater ponds. Tailings will be mixed with cement at the planned paste plant and deposited in the CTF along with underground mine development…

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