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Consulting in Mining Engineering and Geomechanics

We solve problems in many industries including mining, civil engineering, manufacturing, environmental protection, etc.


Mining Engineering

SDEB GEOPHYSICIST offers advanced, first-hand knowledge of mining challenges around the globe and a collective pool of expertise covering a wide range of mine operations from hard to soft rock mining using both open pit and underground techniques. We understand the unique geomechanics, hydrologic and microseismic problems associated with surface and underground mines and the logistical constraints that often are encountered in solving these problems.


SDEB GEOPHYSICIST is committed to using appropriate levels and methods of investigation that examine both technical and economic factors, and providing practical solutions that apply the best available technology. We are thoroughly familiar with design, ground stability and construction issues, and also uniquely equipped to attack complex or non-standard problems. Our experienced staff work on projects from practical field solutions for solving difficult or unusual problems that often arise in large open pits and deep mining.


We maintain a diverse, internationally experienced staff in order to provide solutions to problems that apply the best available technology based on practical and local experience. Our work has been recognized internationally by engineering societies, research universities and our own clients.



Civil Engineering

SDEB GEOPHYSICIST approaches all assignments, from the simplest to the most complex, with a solid background in civil engineering and an unparalleled knowledge of state-of-the-art numerical modeling and analysis techniques. Together, these strengths allow us to provide innovative, practical solutions to a wide array of projects. Civil engineering problems involving rock mechanics, soil-structure interaction, rock-structure interaction or coupled rock/soil-hydro-thermal effects are the basis of SDEB GEOPHYSICIST's work in an extensive range of projects such as hydroelectric plants, subways, dams and retaining structures. Our experience has been recognized internationally by engineering societies, universities and our own clients.


We also field problems where standard technologies may be insufficient for analysis and explanation of the conditions and behavior of a civil structure. SDEB GEOPHYSICIST maintains a diverse, accomplished, staff of engineers across all aspects of civil engineering from the practical to the theoretical, including coupled hydromechanical processes, soil and rock reinforcement /support and dynamic analysis. SDEB GEOPHYSICIST can assist clients in building and reviewing models for their own use, or we can perform the complete modeling analysis. This client-tailored process determines which factors (efficiency, exhaustiveness, utility, effectiveness) are of greatest importance to the project. SDEB GEOPHYSICIST offers follow-up services during and after construction to check predicted performance.


Staff  have developed expertise particularly suited to their respective regional conditions and client needs. This allows SDEB GEOPHYSICIST to offer advanced, first-hand knowledge of the particular civil engineering challenges in each region and a collective pool of expertise that covers important engineering services. The diverse background of SDEB GEOPHYSICIST personnel ensures that our staff is thoroughly familiar with typical design and construction issues and uniquely equipped to attack challenging or non-standard problems, while providing practical solutions. Because civil engineering rules and techniques vary from place to place, technologies practiced in one regeon of the country often are not available in another. 

Minerals for a Future World

  • Open Pits

  • Underground Stopes

  • Caving

  • Room and Pillar

  • Long Wall

  • Solution Mining and Caverns

  • Underground Coal Gasification

  • Materials Handling

  • Tailings and Dams

  • Pit Lakes and Waste Rock Piles

  • Slope Stability

  • Subsidence

  • Dewatering

  • Ground Control

  • Excavation Stability

  • Blasting Efficiency

  • Cavability

  • Recovery and Dilution

  • Pit and Underground Blasting

  • Design, Installation and Monitoring of Instrumentation Systems

  • Supporting the Built Environment

  • Large caverns in rock

  • Rockfill and concrete dams

  • Surface excavations

  • Cut slopes

  • Earth retaining structures

  • Harbor structures

  • Rock foundations

  • High-speed railways

  • High-capacity well designs

  • Slope Stability

  • Tunnel support and design

  • Dynamic analysis of dams

  • Evaluation of liquefaction potential

  • Groundwater flow and dewatering

  • Heat transfer

  • Design reviews

  • Soil stability

  • Monitoring and instrumentation

  • Water-well designs


  • Fragmentation

  • Backfill Design

  • Tunneling Design

  • Tailings Stability

  • Tailings Dams Design and Stability

  • Solution Mining and Caverns

  • Microseismic Design, Processing and Interpretation

  • Geophysics

  • Water-Quality Impacts

  • Heap Leach Performance Optimization

  • Water Supply

  • Water-Resource Impacts

  • Mine Dewatering

  • Fate and Transport Analysis of Chemicals in Soil and Groundwater

  • Support of Permits and Due Diligence Auditing

  • Hydrogeologic Characterization

  • Mine Feasibility Evaluation

  • Pit Lake Chemistry

  • Mining Methods Selection, Excavation Geometries and Sequences

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