Many ore deposits are formed within structurally complex areas. Most mineral deposits are therefore controlled to some extent by geological structures and related hydrothermal alteration. These structures, both large- and small-scale, impact nearly all technical aspects of mineral exploration and mining, including grade control, resource estimation, targeting, rock mass engineering, and hydrogeology.
Our structural geologists have the technical experience needed to solve your mineral exploration and production problems. Combining this experience with a clear grasp of geological processes in 4D, our experts identify ore deposit controls for near-mine and regional exploration targeting, characterize and analyze fractures to mitigate mine stability and underground water in-flow problems, and define structural geometries in geotechnical studies of large open pit operations.
We also foster communication between geology and mine planning and mineral processing at operating mines.
How structural geology is applied from exploration to closure
Kimberlite is the source rock of more than 90% of the world's diamonds, and the geometry of a volcanic kimberlite pipe is a critical factor in defining a diamond resource.Learn More
The Blagodatnoye gold mine is a large operation in central Russia operated by Polyus Gold.Learn More
Brownfield exploration poses many challenges to the geologist: large amounts of data are usually available but often difficult to integrate and use effectively; at the same time old ideas and exploration models often hamper new interpretations and the development of new targets.Learn More
In 2003, SRK initiated a major study of the structural framework for the region that covers the Sydney Basin and the eastern part of Gunnedah Basin.Learn More
Recent advances in mining software have enabled the implementation of radial basis functions (RBFs) as interpolation and extrapolation algorithms for both continuous (grade) and categorical (geology) data.Learn More
At the Venetia diamond mine in northern South Africa, owned by De Beers, the country rock structural geology has been under investigation since before the mine was opened in 1994.Learn More