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

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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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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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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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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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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Fire Creek Mine

The Fire Creek Mine, located in north-central Nevada, is owned and operated by Klondex Gold & Silver Mining Company.  The mine is an underground mine that is operating a bulk sampling program and has recently submitted its Preliminary Feasibility Study. As…

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San Albino Dry Stack Tailings Storage Facility Design

Tierra Group supported construction of the San Albino Mine in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. Tierra Group designed a dry stack drum filtered-tailings storage facility. A siting study optimized the dry stack location and minimized CAPEX and OPEX. Tierra Group developed a site-wide water…

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Masbate Mine

Tierra Group performed a due diligence study of Masbate’s 12-Mt tailings storage facility. Services provided included a forensic study to determine the cause of seepage through an abutment and performed an independent safety audit of tailings management practices. A risk…

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Gediktepe Peer Review

Tierra Group provided technical direction and review of the Gediktepe Heap Leach Facility (HLF), ponds, and waste rock dump facility designs. Tierra Group will also provide CQA review during HLF construction.

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Copperstone Project

Tierra Group International, Ltd. participated as the geotechnical lead engineering firm for the Copperstone Project Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) in Arizona, U.S.A. Tierra Group was responsible for tailings and waste rock storage, water management and underground geotechnics design and cost estimates…

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Stability Evaluation

Tierra Group performed geotechnical field investigation to support final design of the Stage 4 San Jose TSF and evaluate pit slope stability where Tajo Limon is nearest the San Jose TSF. Tierra Group incorporated field data into a 3-D geologic/geotechnical…

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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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