Statement of Qualifications

Aside from the air we breathe, water is the single most important compound to the survival of mankind. Covering 71% of the Earth’s surface, it is vital for all forms of life. Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is freshwater, and 99% of that water is contained in ice (glaciers and icecaps) and groundwater. The relative scarcity of freshwater makes water management imperative to societal success. On Earth, water moves continuously through the hydrological cycle of evaporation, transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff. Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water. Tierra Group hydrologists, hydrogeologists, and hydrochemists are skilled in the following disciplines:

  • Climatology – Evaluation
  • Water Supply – Surface and Ground Water Exploration and Development
  • Water Balance – Inflow, Outflow, and Losses to a System
  • Storage – Retention and Detention
  • Distribution - Systems
  • Treatment - Quality

Tierra Group has applied its 100+ years combined professional water resources 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 climatic conditions, including:

  • Tropical Wet
  • Tropical Wet and Dry (cyclic)
  • Semi-Arid
  • Arid
  • Mediterranean
  • Humid Subtropical
  • Humid Continental
  • Coastal Marine

Tierra Group has innovatively adapted to these challenging environments using highly-trained professionals and state-of-the-art techniques and software to design water management systems, such as:

  • Supply Systems – Surface Capture and Well Fields
  • Dams - Tailings and Water Storage
  • Hydraulic Structures – Pipelines, Canals, Channels, Pump Stations
  • Treatment Systems – Passive, Active

Regardless of the climatic 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 Water Resources Projects

La India Mine

Tierra Group performed geotechnical investigation, water balance, and the Phase 2 heap leach pad (HLP) optimization design at Agnico Eagle’s La India Mine in Sonora State Mexico. Tierra Group provided Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) during initial construction and expansion of…

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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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Pan American Shahuindo Engineering Design

Tierra Group performed a detailed engineering design for a 4km access road and diversion channel, and the feasibility design for water diversion structures (including electrical and mechanical layout for a pump station). Tierra Group also performed a geotechnical investigation and updated…

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Tajo Crimea Project

Tierra Group evaluated geotechnical and hydrogeological characteristics of Tajo Crimea Pit to determine in-pit tailings storage feasibility. The project scope defined geotechnical and hydrogeologic site conditions through field investigations, and in-situ pump testing. A 3D groundwater model was developed to…

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Goldstrike Mine

Engineer of Record Barrick’s Goldstrike Mine processes 30,000 tons of gold ore per day from its combined open-pit/underground operations located in the historic Carlin Trend in Nevada, U.S.A. Goldstrike’s tailings are stored in the North Block Tailings Disposal Facility (NBTDF).…

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Orotex Mine Project

Tierra Group provided tailings engineering design and consulting services for the redevelopment of the Orotex underground mine in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Tierra Group's areas of responsibility included tailings and water management in this environmentally sensitive, high rainfall, tropical, mountainous region.

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Karouni Mine

Tierra Group reviewed and provided pit slope recommendations and conducted hydrological assessments for the Resource 1 and 2 deposits water management system at Troy Resources’ Karouni Mine (Karouni). Advanced pre-feasibility level recommendations for pit development were provided based on benchmarking…

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Buritic√° Tailings Stewardship & Cyanide Speciation

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services for Continental Gold’s Buriticá Project in Antioquia, Columbia which included permitting support, Third-Party Review and construction and operations support. Tierra Group oversaw the development of a 2D hydrodynamic model to support the design of…

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Goldfield Bonanza Project

Lode-Star Gold, Inc., in advance of their proposed mining operations, submited a Physical Separation Facility application with the State of Nevada for their Goldfield Bonanza Project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The mine, located in the historic high-grade gold-bearing district of…

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Mascota Mine

Creston Mascota Mine is located in Chihuahua, Mexico and is owned and operated by Agnico Eagle Mexico. Tierra Group designed the Phase 4 heap leach pad, buttress, which included geotechnical investigations, slope stability analyses and a water balance for Agnico…

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Minera Plata Real | Los Gatos TSF Phase 2

Tierra Group designed a raise of the tailings storage facility (TSF) and provided construction quality assurance for the Los Gatos project in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Lagunas Norte Mine

The Lagunas Norte Mine, operated by Barrick Misquichilca S.A., is an open pit gold mine located in the Quiruvilca district, Santiago de Chuco province, La Libertad department, Perú. The main study objective was to evaluate the volume of effluent discharge…

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