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We officially initiated HATS Engineering in September 2021 as a new division led by Michael Ashley - Principal Consultant.
HATS Engineering provides tailings and water dam design services including TSF Engineer of Record services. Our core dams and tailings engineering and geology team is supported by a network of trusted subconsultants and subcontractors to provide unparalleled technical value and project service to our clients.
Comprehensive reviews and audits of tailings and water storage facilities in the context of dam safety and governance requirements.
We carry out our reviews and audits in compliance with applicable international standards and guidelines, as well as relevant client standards.
We provide valuable and realistic advice and recommendations to help you address deficiencies and achieve efficiencies for your storage facility.
Technical advisory services for all life phases of TSFs from concept to closure and governance advisory for tailings safety management.
Our advisory services are based on comprehensive technical knowledge, understanding of regulatory frameworks and international practice, and appreciation of your corporate and project-specific operational circumstances and constraints.
Technical review of design for tailings and water storage facilities to assist both the owner and designer achieve a fit-for-purpose and technically sound design that meets the objectives of the project.
We go beyond compliance - our reviews add value to the project by identifying risks and opportunities and developing practical recommendations to be actioned in the design phase.
Development of innovative solutions for tailings management that consider the whole mining and processing operation to identify opportunities upstream of the tailings facility that reduce overall risk and/or cost.
We aim to capitalise on opportunities to
change tailings from waste to usable product, minimise the tailings production volume, limit the harmful potential of the produced tailings and achieving efficient storage options by integrating the tailings storage within the mine plan.
Order-of-Magnitude, Concept and Pre-feasibility Studies for tailings and water storage facilities, and Life of Mine studies for tailings storage facilities.
Our studies are delivered with the aim of providing a fit-for-purpose and technically sound design that reduces risk, CAPEX and OPEX.
Engineering geology services including geological mapping, geotechnical investigations, preparation of geological and geotechnical models, and construction monitoring.
The role of the Engineering Geologist is a key one in the planning of tailings storages and water dams. We believe that the involvement of the Engineering Geologist, particularly at the early conceptual stages of a project, can significantly reduce the risks and costs throughout all life stages of a tailings or water dam project. Consideration of the engineering geology and formation of a conceptual geological model, that is then tested and developed through phased mapping and investigations, allows geological hazards to be identified and mitigated by site selection changes or by design adaptation.
HATS also endorse the application of engineering geological interpretation for existing and closed facilities. This enables the retrospective development of a geological model that can greatly assist in the understanding and accuracy of stability models and development of facility risk profiles.
Portfolio risk assessments for water and tailings dams including determination of risk profiles , development of risk management strategies to reduce risks SFAIRP and providing a platform to support risk-informed decision making.
HATS has developed RAMP - Risk Assessment and Management Platform - to provide a platform for owners to complete semi-quantitative risk assessments and understand and update their risk profile in real-time.
Inspections and audits of existing tailings and water storage facilities for the purpose of asset acquisition due diligence.
Our due diligence services also encompass how best to utilise and alter existing storage structures and appurtenant works to meet your future needs.
HATS delivers services using a deliverable-based project management principle.
We start with clear definitions of all the deliverables that are required to achieve the project objectives. Then we assemble only the needed project activities to populate and complete the deliverables.
The deliverables-based principle provides greater clarity of the project flow, scope and activities. It only allows for tasks that lead to delivery of the project objectives and improves project delivery efficiency. This ensures that we provide value to you at every point of the project.
This approach is diametric to the traditional activity-based management principle where activities are the focus, sometimes leading to effort being spent that does not lead to the project objectives being accomplished.