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Underground Mine Design, Planning & Engineering

Increasing proportions of the world’s minerals come from underground mines which require efficient and accurate operations to keep unit production costs low. In a business where profit margins depend on cyclical metal prices, it is vital to run an efficient operation based on an optimal mine design and scheduling.


SRK understands that a successful project must be commissioned on time and within budget. The SRK team can provide a number of services to you to assist in achieving this, including:

  • Scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Reviews of mining methods and technical audits
  • Reviews and estimations of reserves
  • Competent person reports
  • Economic modelling
  • Operational Audits and assistance/guidance for implementing improvements
  • Life of mine planning
  • Stock market listing reports
  • Due diligence
  • Project reviews
  • Audits and development of mine designs and schedules
  • Ventilation system design


SRK recommends a phased approach to the underground mine design, starting with a scoping study, followed by a pre-feasibility study, progressing to a feasibility study, if warranted.

SRK’s experienced team of mine planners is well versed with the design process and works closely with other technical disciplines to develop optimal solutions for every situation.  Deswick or MineSched integrated scheduling software is typically used, but we are conversant in all the major software packages.


SRK has a proven track record in mine design. Recent projects include:

Sindesar Khurd Mine, India. Feasibility  study for the expansion of this underground mine. Facilities included a new decline, production shaft, process facility and a paste backfill plant.

Khetri Copper Complex, India. Detailed design for a replacement ore pass system, due to a failure with the existing facility.

Bibiani Gold Mine, Ghana. Complete life of mine planning exercise.

Voskhod Chrome Project, Kazakhstan. SRK completed a detailed underground mine design as part bankable level Feasibility Study on this project.  One of the challenges of this project was to provide heating for the mine in the winter with ambient temperatures of -30˚C.

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