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Animation, Video Production & Illustration

The mining industry is rooted in very traditional visual media methods, such as hand drawn figure illustration, complex schematics and basic computer generated maps and graphs. While these methods have their place in conveying the necessary information, there is now a growing need in the industry for modern digital media as more and more business is transferred to online processes. 
 
At MEM we understand the importance of displaying information in a clear and simple way, and many studies have shown that images and video are vastly more effective than text. Our in-house production team specialise in the enhancement of visual media content with the use of high quality animation, post production, design and vector based illustration. This might involve creating infographic animations to explain business processes, or producing short form videos for social media. We can also help with presentations, internal training videos and re-branding. Almost all of this kind of work can be carried out remotely, cutting costs and reducing turnaround times

Our services in the area of video production and design include:
 

  • 2D animation, for example info graphic and explainer videos

  • Vector based illustration and design to convey information in a clear, striking way

  • Traditional hand drawn illustration, created digitally for maximum flexibility

  • Logo design and animation to improve business visibility

  • Post production, for example editing existing on-site footage, adding titles and motion graphics 

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Carbon capture and sequestration

Tailings and mine waste facilities comprise the largest engineering projects in the world and contain the largest volumes of materials classified as waste of any industry. However at many of these sites there is a significant opportunity to utilise materials classified as waste to sustainably sequester carbon dioxide based on rapidly developing green technology.  The benefits of carbon capture and sequestration may extend to carbon emissions offsets, carbon credits, and even economic long term storage potential. We believe in a first principals scientific approach and fully embrace ongoing advancements in all technical research into the area of carbon capture and sequestration and commit to deliver success through excellence in science. We have specific experience in undertaking carbon sequestration potential assessments, and with our laboratory partner Geochemic have commissioned the development of novel laboratory assessment methods. 

Our technical support services in the area of carbon capture and sequestration:

  • Environmental monitoring and sampling plans

  • Waste storage facility carbon sequestration appraisal

  • Mineralogical assessments to assess carbon sequestration potential

  • Gas flux assessments to determine carbon sequestration potential

  • Novel kinetic testing to establish material specific carbon sequestration potential

  • Modelling assessments for long term carbon sequestration

  • Calculation of carbon emission offsets and carbon credits

  • Technical and economic appraisal of active long term carbon storage potential

Read more about our research into carbon capture.

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Innovative Laboratory Testing

At MEM we understand that laboratory data provides the scientific basis for the majority of technical studies related to environmental management. We believe in a first principles scientific approach and fully embrace ongoing advancements in technical research. No site is the same and as such our guiding principle is to be specialised and not generalised, to embrace change not resist it so that we can innovate and not stagnate. To achieve this aim we have partnered with a specialised geochemistry laboratory based in our home country of Wales where we carry out world leading research into mine site geochemistry. These facilities offer innovative and customised laboratory testing services in the area of geochemistry and waste characterisation. This partnership also provides MEM with a vertically integrated service offering, where we manage and control testing from site sampling to data analysis. We have significant experience in designing and trialling new testing methods and modifying existing methods, and are passionate about ensuring our methods are always at the leading edge of current scientific research.

Our integrated services include:

  • Sampling and analysis plans

  • Laboratory testing program design, management and cost control

  • On site field testing (FPXRF)

  • On site laboratory testing specification and installation

  • Oxygen consumption testing design and operation

  • Leaching column design and operation

  • Kinetic testing design, set up and operation (HTC, LC)

  • Static testing (NAG, ABCC, NAPP)

  • Mineralogical analysis and interpretation

  • Particle size specific geochemical analysis (PSSGA)

  • Customised and modified analysis techniques     

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Integrated Mine Planning, Waste Scheduling & Waste Management Optimisation

Mine planning is central to the achievement of great outcomes. We recognise the balance between meeting short term production goals, and long term planning to minimise risk. We have direct on site experience working with mine planning teams assisting with both the optimisation of short term operational plans to full life of mine waste scheduling. Our site experience has allowed us to develop an integrated approach to planning and mine waste scheduling that allows us to offer practical and pragmatic advise. From feasibility stage assessments through to operations and closure and rehabilitation we can assist with all aspects of mine waste planning and scheduling.   

Our approach is to optimise rather than compromise.

 

Our services in the area of integrated mine planning and waste scheduling include:

  • Development and optimisation of waste schedules

  • Linking waste schedules with build plans and conceptual engineering design

  • Waste block model development and reconciliation assessment

  • Waste grade control and reconciliation program development

  • Fragmentation assessment

  • Fleet management system integration  

  • Closure planning and life of mine materials balances

  • Workshops and training     

  • Third party technical review

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Tailings & Waste Rock Storage Facility Environmental Management, Planning & Concept Design

Tailings and mine waste facilities comprise the largest engineering projects in the world and pose the most significant long-term management risks for many sites. As such MEM believes that getting it right first time is critical when it comes to designing and managing these facilities. Our approach is that prevention is better than cure and through integrated, sustainable and innovative planning, long term environmental risks can be successfully managed.  We believe in a first principles scientific approach and fully embrace ongoing advancements in all technical research into mine waste storage facilities and commit to deliver success through excellence in science. No site is the same and as such our guiding principle is to be specialised and not generalised to the design, planning and management of waste storage facilities. Our technical team have experience in the design and management of tailings and waste rock storage facilities worldwide in climates from tropics to the arctic and in many of those in between.

Our technical support services in the area of environmental management for tailings and waste rock includes:

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • AMD risk assessment and management plans

  • Spontaneous combustion assessment

  • Gas flux assessment and modelling

  • Seepage assessment and modelling

  • Mine waste management plans

  • Waste scheduling and mine planning

  • Waste placement concept design

  • AMD predictive modelling and loading calculations

  • Validation testing programs and method statements

  • On site testing and analysis programs

  • Oxygen ingress control engineering concepts

  • Monitoring system design

  • Telemetry and data logging systems

  • Concept closure design and planning

  • Rehabilitation design and planning

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Mine Closure Planning, Site Rehabilitation & Repurposinge Name

Mining activities comprise the largest engineering projects in the world however at each site the resources are finite no matter how large the resource and at some point mining activities will cease.  At MEM we believe that the cessation of mining activities do not represent the end of the productive use of the land, rather they provide an opportunity for a new positive purpose for the site.  We are passionate in our approach to post mining repurposing and rehabilitation that seeks to establish a positive legacy of mining activities and a successful transition to a new purpose.  Our approach is that through integrated, sustainable and innovative planning, long term environmental risks can be successfully managed in conjunction with development of economic and social benefits. We have particular experience of progressive closure planning and concepts, and believe that progressive closure strategies are the key to success long term risk management.  No site is the same and as such our guiding principle is to be specialised and not generalised to the design, planning and management of post closure purposing. Our headquarters are based less than an hour’s drive from a number of world’s leading innovative mine repurposing projects, and we are proud that our government is the first in the world to adopt legislation that aims to secure the well being of future generations.

Our technical support services in the area of mine site rehabilitation and repurposing:

  • Environmental monitoring and sampling plans

  • Site investigations and waste storage facility risk assessments

  • Progressive closure planning and concept designs

  • Carbon capture and sequestration potential assessment

  • Waste materials scheduling and balances for rehabilitation

  • Source evaluations for rehabilitation materials

  • Rehabilitation concept design and planning

  • Repurposing assessments and concept planning

  • Economic and social development opportunity assessments 

  • Novel repurposing project feasibility assessments

Read more about our carbon capture and sequestration research.

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Mine Site Geochemistry, Waste Characterisation & Predictive Modelling

From the moment the exploration drill rigs start turning to the rehabilitation of the site geochemistry underpins critical decision making and planning for many aspects of a mining project. As such geochemistry assessments typically involve and influence site wide aspects such as permitting and regulation, mine planning and operational optimisation decision making, as well as project economics and long-term strategy.  At MEM we understand the importance of considering the full project life cycle and our approach is to appreciate both the detail and the big picture. We believe that geochemistry assessments while important in their own right, should be integrated as a cross discipline activity. We have significant experience working with operational site teams and our guiding principals have been formed based on the demands of operating a modern and efficient mine site. As such we strive to adopt a pragmatic and practical approach at all times and as no site is the same we also strive to be specialised and not generalised.

Our services in the area of mine site geochemistry and waste characterisation include:

  • Base line studies

  • Feasibility studies

  • Acid and metalliferous drainage assessments

  • Spontaneous combustion assessment

  • Acid sulfate soils assessment

  • Site based kinetic testwork

  • Predictive geochemical modelling

  • Principal component analysis

  • Laboratory based geochemical and geophysical testwork

  • Waste rock and tailings classification

  • Hydrogeochemistry

  • Groundwater and surface water fate and transport modelling and quantitative risk assessment

  • Environmental impact assessment

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Operational Technical Support for Mine Geology, Planning & Environment

Based on our experience of working with operational teams on site we understand the need for practical, timely and pragmatic advice. Because many aspects of geochemistry and waste management are very specialised, and cross discipline, not every site is fortunate enough to have a dedicated “expert” on hand to assist with operational aspects of mine waste and environmental management. In addition we understand the challenges that are presented by the on site implementation of technical guidance produced by experts from third parties. Examples of operational technical support include assisting exploration teams with sampling and drilling programs for sample collection, working with mine geology teams to develop waste block models and waste grade control sampling programs, working with mine planners to develop life of mine material balances and production schedules and working with closure planning teams to develop concept designs for waste storage facilities. Our experience extends to compliance and management such as developing site operating manuals and management plans, operating procedures and completing compliance audits. Whatever the need we can offer the technical support needed to keep the trucks moving.  

Our services in the area of operational technical support include:

  • AMD sampling plans

  • Drilling program design from exploration to infill and grade control

  • AMD and waste management plans and manuals

  • Instrumentation and monitoring system design

  • Site operational procedures and manuals

  • Waste block model development

  • Waste scheduling and mine planning

  • Site laboratory testing set up and geochemical analysis QA/QC

  • On site establishment of kinetic testing programs

  • Closure planning

  • Waste storage facility concept design and siting

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Groundwater and surface water monitoring

  • Remediation planning

  • Water treatment solutions

  • Site audits and review

  • Workshops and training     

  • Permitting and regulatory compliance assessment

  • Third party technical review

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Quantitative Hydrogeological & Human Health Risk Assessment & Management

From the assessment of long term impacts to sensitive surface water bodies, and from mine waste facility discharges to occupational health and safety risks posed by mining and handling reactive waste rock, the assessment and quantification of risk is integral to all aspects of the project life cycle. As such the application of a sound scientific approach is the cornerstone of MEMs approach to risk assessment and management. We fully embrace ongoing advancements in all areas of technical research into quantitative risk management and assessment, and commit to deliver success through excellence in science. No site is the same and as such our guiding principle is to be specialised and not generalised. Our technical staff have a demonstratable track record in the application of detailed quantitative risk assessment methods employed across a wide range of environmental management applications.

Our services in the area of quantitative risk assessment include:

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Quantitative human health risk assessment and modelling

  • Quantitative groundwater and surface water risk assessment and fate and transport modelling

  • Spontaneous combustion assessment

  • Quantitative AMD predictive modelling and loading assessment

  • Quantitative gas flux assessment and oxygen consumption modelling

  • Quantitative seepage assessment and modelling

  • LandSim, GasSim, ConSim modelling

  • Probabilistic distribution curve development and crystal ball modelling

  • Geochemical and hydrochemical modelling  

  • Principal component analysis

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Waste Storage Facility Intrusive Investigation

Site investigations are often the most costly part of many environmental assessments.   Getting things right is of paramount importance and as such our focus is on exceptional planning and execution for these projects to deliver results. No site is the same and we understand the challenges of intrusive investigative programs into waste storage facilities, as such our approach is to be specialised and not generalised. We have significant on the tools experience in the planning and execution of large scale sonic drilling programs for investigation and installation of mine waste facilities. We are so confident in this technology we have partnered with Geosonic to provide fully integrated sonic drilling services. In addition, as part of our approach to integrated services we have also partnered with Geochemic who have specialised laboratory facilities for the analysis of recovered drill core. 

Our technical support services in the area of sonic drilling and site investigation includes:

 

  • Planning and execution of drilling programs from single holes to multi month campaigns

  • Contract administration, project management and cost estimation/control

  • Down hole instrumentation design, specification and site supervision  

  • Telemetry and data logging system design

  • Sample recovery, core logging and on-site analysis

  • Laboratory sample preparation and geochemical analysis

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Water Quality Assessment, Management & Sustainable Treatment Technologies

At MEM we believe prevention is better than cure and through integrated, sustainable and innovative planning the requirement for water treatment can be significantly reduced. However, we recognise that under many scenarios some form of water treatment is often required to support site operations as part of environmental management. In addition, water treatment may be the only practical option for the effective management of many legacy sites. As such our approach is to support the development and implementation of innovative and sustainable water treatment technologies such as sono-electrical water treatment systems being developed in our home country of Wales.

Our technical support services in the area of water treatment includes:

  • Geochemical analysis and assessment

  • Hydrogeochemistry  

  • Principal component analysis

  • Options appraisal and cost benefit analysis

  • Concept engineering design

  • Laboratory treatment studies and trials