Oil Sands

KCB is a market leader in providing geological, hydrogeological, geotechnical, hydrologic, hydrotechnical, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering and environmental services for the resource industry. Our services incorporate the management, protection and responsible use of our important natural resources throughout the entire facility life cycle of exploration, design, construction, operation and closure.

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Jackpine Mine
Muskeg River Mine
PAW Pond Pump Station
Suncor South Tailings Pond
Confidential Dam Design
Pitwall Design and Stability Assessment

KCB provides multi-disciplinary engineering services related to:

  • tailings process systems
  • pump stations
  • dewatering systems
  • substations / MCCs
  • power transmission
  • geotechnical / foundations
  • tailings dams
  • slurry systems

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Technical Papers

Al-Mamun, M., B. Chin and N. Eenkooren. 2014. “Oil Sands Tailings Dyke De-Licensing – State-of-Readiness from Tailings Pond Lifecycle Perspective

Bayliss, A.I., L. Philip, K. Masterson, R. Wong, M. Rahman, D. Hepp, M. Clarke, S. Martens and M. Elbanna. 2014. “Geological Influences of Glacially Rafted Clearwater Formation on the Design and Operation of an External Tailings Facility

Elbanna, M., J. Quinn and S. Martens. 2011. “SPT – CPT Correlations for Oilsands Tailings Sand

Senft, D., S. Masala and R. Nik. 2011. “Comparison of Particle Size Distributions Obtained by Laser Diffraction and Sieve-Hydrometer Methods for Oil Sand Tailings

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