Mining and Processing

SCOPING STUDIES, PRELIMINARY ECONOMIC ASSESSMENTS, PREFEASIBILITY, AND FEASIBILITY STUDIES
RPA offers the services of experienced senior industry professionals with executive level experience in bringing mineral properties into production. Property evaluations of all levels are carried out for clients from all commodity sectors of the mining industry and range from early stage scoping level studies up to and including full feasibility studies. We have a core group of senior people to provide overall management and direction of studies, supported by in-house and associate specialist experts providing the best possible expertise geared to meet the needs of each project.

MINING ENGINEERING AND MINE DESIGN
RPA offers the services of experienced mining engineers who have worked in production and engineering roles. We have facilities to produce detailed open pit and underground mine designs. The company also provides onsite mining engineering support including detailed design services, production and equipment scheduling, and operations benchmarking performance reviews.

Our mining engineers utilize industry standard software packages, including:

  • AutoCAD
  • Promine
  • MineCAD
  • Mine 2-4D and EPS Scheduler
  • CAE Studio 5dp
  • Deswik CAD and Scheduler
  • Whittle
  • Surpac
  • Vulcan
  • XPAC
  • VentSIM
  • @RISK
  • Minescape

MINE FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS
RPA offers access to a wide range of specialist engineering capability for the mining industry, covering the design engineering of project support infrastructure including access roads, bridges, conveyors, air strips, railways, port facilities, power generation and distribution, and dam designs. The group offers specialist expertise and worldwide experience in the following areas:

  • Roads and railways design and construction
  • Administration and industrial building design and construction
  • Water supply and waste effluent treatment
  • Electrical power generation and reticulation
  • Port facilities including storage and ship loading facilities
  • Personnel camps

METALLURGICAL ASSESSMENT AND PROCESS DESIGN REVIEW
RPA offers design and assessment of metallurgical investigation programs ranging from the early conceptual stage through testing and flowsheet design. Experience ranges from pilot plant work to heap leach, flotation, hydrometallurgy, and pyrometallurgy processes.

Services provided by RPA and associated companies include deposit mineralogy assessment, sampling program design, metallurgical testing design, process design, equipment selection, plant layout and design, tailings characterization, capital cost estimation, construction scheduling, and operating cost forecasting.

CAPITAL AND OPERATING COST ESTIMATES AND BENCHMARKING
RPA specialists have many years' experience in building and operating mines. With this expertise, the group can carry out team reviews of operations and provide real-time, current advice on operating costs, methods, procedures, and productivities.