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Geotechnical Engineering Services

Our people have been involved with some of the largest and most technically challenging mining projects and operations in the domestic and international marketplace and have worked with a large cross-section of mining companies from small groups through to the major players. 

From concept studies through to mine closures we provide services in: 

Geotechnical engineering

  • Audits, inspections and training
  • Design and performance assessment of ground support systems
  • Ground response assessments, including seismic and high-deformation problems
  • Stope design and optimisation
  • Numerical modelling
  • Risk assessment and development of management tools
  • Troubleshooting and crisis management
  • Expert witness, reports, mediation and independent reviews for both mine owners and contractors
  • Geotechnical monitoring – we are strategically partnered with some of the largest and most innovative manufacturers and suppliers in the global industry
  • Backfill design and engineering of reticulation systems
  • Design for extreme conditions, including piling, spiling, arches and soft ground improvement.

Mine planning

  • Underground mine design
  • Optimisation studies
  • Concept through to mine closure planning, including bankable feasibility studies
  • Due diligence studies
  • Design of major infrastructure such as declines, shafts, portals and large underground chambers
  • Permitting and compliance audits.

Mine infrastructure

One of our key advantages is our ability to draw on our in-house team for a range of mechanical, structural, process, environmental and electrical engineering requirements. The following is a brief cross-section of our capabilities.


  • Mechanical certification of any installation to comply with various statutory requirement
  • Certification of hoisting and shaft conveyances – both mechanical and electrical
  • Structural design and certification of major infrastructure components such as crusher foundations, head frame footings and shaft linings.

Water management

  • Design and specifications for mine dewatering, including pumping systems and rising mains
  • Water balance and discharge management including impoundment engineering.

Materials handling

  • Full design services for crushing, hoisting and conveyors.

Mobile crane and asset management

  • Manage your assets with our inhouse CraneAsyst® system.

Underground fleet management

  • Fleet optimisation and DPM assessment.

Mechanical services

  • Full range of mechanical engineering for maintenance services and fixed plant.

To discuss a specific project, contact your local pitt&sherry office and ask to speak to our mining team.

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