Iron Ore

Golder is deeply rooted in the iron ore business, and many senior members of our staff have operated large world class mining facilities.  We have also been involved with iron ore exploration and development projects around the world. More recently, Golder’s iron ore work has concentrated on merger and acquisition support, due diligence reviews, and reserve auditing activities.

Golder offers a wide variety of services for iron ore projects including:

  • Project development
  • Exploration support
  • Data management
  • Mineral evaluations
  • Modeling
  • Resource and reserve planning
  • SEC, JORC, and NI 43-101 reporting
  • Geological engineering
  • Mine planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions support
  • Due diligence reviews
  • Financial studies
  • Market studies
  • Business reviews
  • Economic evaluations
  • Expert testimony

Prior to joining Golder, many geology staff members worked at several large iron ore operations providing exploration and production support. Utilizing this experience along with our technical skills is one of the ways Golder helps customers solve their problems.

Project Spotlight



Empire Iron Mining Partnership

Life of Mine Plans

Michigan, United States

Challenge:  Empire Mining was not achieving ore blend and budgeted cost targets at its Michigan open-pit iron ore mine. This client needed to develop an approach to optimize the mining of the remaining reserves at the operation.

Solution:  Golder developed a new mine model and using Whittle optimization techniques produced a series of pit alternatives and productivity scenarios. This provided Empire Mining with a new mining sequence plan resulting in significant productivity and mining economic improvements.


Confidential Steel Client

Identification of Iron Ore Deposits

North America

Challenge:  A major steel manufacturing company required identification and prioritization of North American iron ore deposits and prospects that were in close proximity to coal deposits or existing coal mining operations.

Solution:  Golder first identified all iron ore deposits and prospects near to coal deposits in Canada, the United States, and Mexico; secondly, conducting detailed analysis of ownership, environmental, and resource evaluations of opportunities located in the western U.S.  Golder’s analysis lead to prioritization of the opportunities and to conceptual level studies.