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Open Pit Mining

SRK Consulting has a well-established team of professionals, with unparalleled combined experience, comprising geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists and structural geologists. Our team has extensive hands-on experience gained in mines through out the world - from the deepest mines in Africa to the largest open pits in South America.

In addition, we are able to draw on the broader skills in SRK to ensure that our solutions and advice are not only practical and workable, but take account of appropriate geotechnical and environmental considerations.

Our services cover scoping/feasibility studies and economic evaluations to detailed mine design and layouts, production scheduling and equipment selection.

We are familiar with a range of software packages including Whittle, Gemcom, Vulcan, Minesight and Minemax.

SRK's surface rock engineering team is committed to ethical and professional standards and possess a solid academic understanding of surface and near-surface rock behaviour. This understandng is refined through the frequent attendance of national and international workshops and conferences, which promotes on-going professional development and ensures that our team members stay abreast of worldwide developments and requirements.

Based on our extensive experience, SRK has developed an innovative mine planning methodology. Cost-based and risk-driven, the methodology begins with the Life of Mine, extends first to the Business Plan and then to the Operations Plan. The result of the process is a Mineral Balance Sheet that reflects the health of the mineral resource whilst highlighting areas of risk and outlining a risk management strategy.


  • Mine planning reviews and technical audits
  • Development and implementation of optimal mining strategies
  • Full open pit feasibility studies
  • Financial evaluations
  • Risk analysis
  • Project reviews
  • Due diligence
  • Competent persons reports
  • Stock market listings reports

Contacts for this service

SRK Africa