Materials Handling

We Conceptualize…

Golder’s team of material handling specialists provides expert guidance in the conceptual design and evaluation of facilities for bulk material movements encountered in mining or transportation projects, or in bulk shipping terminals or stockpiles.  This covers a broad spectrum of activities, from the pre-feasibility stage of a project, through the auditing and optimizing of facilities in the projects operating phases.

We Design…

In mining studies or operation, in-pit or underground, Golder specialists provide conceptual design of the systems for material movements including ore and waste.  This may begin with the taking-away of materials from the operating face, and will include prime movers such as trucks or belt conveyors, waste handling at dumps or in-pit backfills, as well as surge bins or piles, slope conveyors, out-of-pit conveyors, stockpiles, storage barns or silos, reclaim systems, train or barge loaders, on-line analyzers, sampling and weighing systems, and all the ancillary systems and infrastructure required to support the bulk movements.

We Evaluate…

For feasibility studies and audits, Golder typically evaluates several system alternatives both technically and economically, and completes conceptual design of the optimum system.  This includes estimating the capital and operating costs of systems, sensitivity studies, and the ranking of alternatives on a net-present-value basis.

We Analyze…

For operations audits, Golder specialists visit project sites as required to observe operations, record findings and acquire operating data.  Operations are then analyzed, alternatives for improvement identified and evaluated, and a program developed, typically to reduce costs or improve productivity, or to optimize plans for expansion.

We Audit…

For bulk terminals or utility company fuel handling, Golder specialists provide conceptual design and feasibility studies, and performance audits.  This includes mine-mouth conveyors, stockpiles and reclaims; train handling and loading/unloading; analysis of rail facilities including fixed facilities and rolling stock; ship and barge loaders/unloaders; lightering operations; the conceptual design of jetties and wharfs; bulk conveying or train-transfer movements; fuel stockpile design and operation, reclaiming and bunker-feeding operations; and supporting infrastructure.