Mining Solutions

KCB delivers engineering, geoscience and environmental solutions to the mining industry. Our valued clients, some of whom have worked with us for decades, have trusted us with the design, development and closure of some of the most challenging mining operations worldwide.

We offer the practical application of geoscience to mining projects in remote and logistically challenging environments. We can also design and develop the necessary resource infrastructure to move people, transmit power and deliver commodities to your processing plant and tailings storage facilities.

Tailings Management

KCB helped to revolutionize the design of modern tailings storage facilities 50 years ago, and our engineering approach continues to be the hallmark of international practice. Today, we provide solutions for some of the largest, technically challenging tailings storage facilities in the world.

Mine Closure Services

KCB provide life of mine planning services for mine closure, from concept through to construction. We integrate multiple mine closure technical streams to provide long-term solutions that reduce our clients’ mine closure legacy risk. Our broad mine closure services captures end land use planning, risk analysis, mine waste management, cover design, hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, biophysical, cultural heritage and social aspects.

KCB applies the environment-by-design principle by integrating environmental considerations into project planning and design to build successful projects.

Contact us to see how we can apply our knowledge, training and experience to your project.

Greens Creek Mine
Hidden Valley Mine
Highland Valley Copper
Jackpine Mine
Ok Tedi Gold Mine

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Technical Papers

An Approach to Dam Safety Assessment. Willms, D.A., M.J. Cronk, H.N. McLeod and L.M. Murray. 2018.

Life-of-Mine Spillway Strategy: Managing Surface Water Risks at a Tailings Storage Facility (ICOLD Bulletin). Ind, M.J., M. Rynhoud and K. Brand. 2018.

Tailings Dam Design: Technology Update (ICOLD Bulletin). McLeod, H. and A. Bjelkevik. 2017.

Leakage through Holes in Geomembranes below Saturated Tailings. Rowe, R.K., P. Joshi, R.W.I. Brachman and H. McLeod. 2017.

The Reliance on Engineering Judgement to Inform Tailings Dam Failure Impact Assessments. Brand, K. and M. Ind. 2016.

Tailings Dams: Failure Impact Assessment Framework. Ind, M., K. Brand and M. Ferrier. 2016.

History of Tailings Dam Design, Innovation, and Practice Changes Required in the Wake of the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Breach. McLeod, Harvey N. 2016.

Are Filter Tailings Practical for a High Production Mine in a Cold, Wet Climate? Patterson, K., H. McLeod, D. Hegadoren, G. Parkinson, P. Williams and B. Murphy. 2016.

Managing Knowledge Loss Over the Life of Mine: Opportunities and Challenges. Sanders, J. and M. Wendtman. 2016.

Management of spontaneous combustion for metalliferous mines. Landers, M. and B. Usher. 2015.

Best Practices in Tailings Dam Design. McLeod, H.N., B.D. Watts and H. Plewes. 2015.

Snow, Rain and Ice – Management of Mine Area Glacial Water at the KSM Project. Parkinson, G., H. McLeod, G. Stevenson, A. Morrison, A. Dalpatram, et al. 2015.

Selection of Materials in Sensitive Environment.Piggott, M-J. and R. Friedel. 2015.

Assessing the robustness of Antamina’s site wide water balance/water quality model over 5 years of implementation. Tuff, J., B. Harrison, S.Y. Choy, R. Strand, B. Usher. 2015.

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

Dam Breach Tailings Runout Analysis. Chen, H.J. and D.E. Becker. 2014.

Hydrology and Sediment Modelling in a South Pacific Environment.Ind, M. 2014.

Field and Desktop Waste Rock Classification Guide for a Metalliferous Mine in the Northern Territory, Australia. Landers, M., B. Usher, D. Faulkner, P. Marianelli and K. Masterman. 2014.

Testing of Cyclone Sand Tailings at High Stresses. Busslinger, M., H. Plewes and G. Parkinson. 2013.

Temperature Monitoring and Strength Testing during Construction of a Cement Bentonite Slurry Cut-Off Wall. Lea, J., M. Richardson, B. Stephens and R. Cameron. 2013.