Mining Engineering

Itasca offers advanced, first-hand knowledge of mining challenges around the globe and a collective pool of expertise covering a wide range of mine operations from hard to soft rock mining using both open pit and underground techniques. We understand the unique geomechanics, hydrologic and microseismic problems associated with surface and underground mines and the logistical constraints that often are encountered in solving these problems.

Minerals for a Future World
  • Open Pits
  • Underground Stopes
  • Caving
  • Room and Pillar
  • Long Wall
  • Solution Mining and Caverns
  • Underground Coal Gasification
  • Materials Handling
  • Tailings and Dams
  • Pit Lakes and Waste Rock Piles

Itasca is committed to using appropriate levels and methods of investigation that examine both technical and economic factors, and providing practical solutions that apply the best available technology. We are thoroughly familiar with design, ground stability and construction issues, and also uniquely equipped to attack complex or non-standard problems. Our experienced staff work on projects from practical field solutions to design issues to applications of Itasca modeling tools for solving difficult or unusual problems that often arise in large open pits and deep mining.

Our statement of qualifications for mine slope, underground mining, and mass mining services can be downloaded below.


  • Slope Stability
  • Subsidence
  • Dewatering
  • Ground Control
  • Excavation Stability
  • Blasting Efficiency
  • Cavability
  • Recovery and Dilution
  • Fragmentation
  • Backfill Design
  • Tunneling Design
  • Tailings Stability
  • Tailings Dams Design and Stability
  • Solution Mining and Caverns
  • Microseismic Design, Processing and Interpretation
  • Geophysics
  • Water-Quality Impacts
  • Heap Leach Performance Optimization
  • Water Supply
  • Water-Resource Impacts
  • Mine Dewatering
  • Fate and Transport Analysis of Chemicals in Soil and Groundwater
  • Support of Permits and Due Diligence Auditing
  • Hydrogeologic Characterization
  • Mine Feasibility Evaluation
  • Pit Lake Chemistry
  • Mining Methods Selection, Excavation Geometries and Sequences
  • Pit and Underground Blasting
  • Design, Installation and Monitoring of Instrumentation Systems

Development of our own advanced software in numerical simulation of soil and rock mechanics, hydrogeology and microseismics analysis sets Itasca apart from other geotechnical and mining consulting firms. We maintain a diverse, internationally experienced staff in order to provide solutions to problems that apply the best available technology based on practical and local experience. Our work has been recognized internationally by engineering societies, research universities and our own clients.