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, including hundreds of tailings dams across the world. 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.

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

Greens Creek
Hidden Valley
Highland Valley Copper Mine
Nullagine Gold
Ok Tedi
Tampakan Copper Mine

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Technical Papers

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.