Mine designs are based on an understanding of rock mass strength and the orientation, continuity, and strength properties of discontinuities within a rock mass. These factors influence the stope sizes and slope angles used for mining excavations. Structural geology describes and helps predict continuity of all rock discontinuities, such as joints, veins, and fault zones.

Our experts understand the nature of geological structures and how to record them during mapping or drill core logging to maximize their benefit as input parameters into geotechnical analyses and designs. We customize structural interpretations with integrated structural property descriptions and detailed 3D structural models. These interpretations form a solid foundation for engineering design and are used to define the controls on geotechnical domains and to understand influences on mining-induced seismicity.


  • Underground and open pit geological mapping, data management, and structural analysis
  • Drill core logging, oriented core quality control, data collection, and structural analysis
  • 3D litho-structural wireframe modelling, appropriate for geotechnical analysis
  • Evaluation of potential structural influences on mining-induced seismicity and underground stability
  • On-site applied structural geology training for mining and geotechnical engineering
  • Interpretation of mine-scale structures using remote-sensing data from satellite imagery, LiDAR, airborne geophysics, and aerial photogrammetry
  • Peer review of mine structural models

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