VIRTUAL understands that the mining sector faces unique challenges in their operations. These challenges come from the remote, often environmentally sensitive locations where mines operate, the increasing stringency of environmental regulations, and the hazardous chemicals used for the extraction of valuable materials from ores that typically contain contaminants themselves. Processes and equipment designed for these operations must be resistant to the climate conditions and chemicals they are exposed to and must require the minimum amount of maintenance and replacement of parts.

VIRTUAL has the expertise to design solutions that work in these difficult environments, such as processes for material extraction and refining, ancillary processes and equipment, pollution prevention measures and optimizations for reduced energy and material consumption. We work with mining companies during all operational stages from conceptual design to construction to decommissioning and land reclamation.

VIRTUAL offers the following Mining and Mineral services:

  • Innovative municipal water and wastewater treatment solutions for remote sites
  • Design of off-grid electrical systems including solar photovoltaic power
  • Research and development to create new solutions for the treatment of mine tailings wastewater
  • Industrial emissions treatment, including gas scrubbers, dust collection and pH neutralization
  • Environmental permitting and compliance
  • Process optimization through solvent recycle, heat recovery, and reduced water usage
  • Process flow design and all supporting sub-processes
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Equipment layouts, designs, specifications, and sizing
  • Transportation, storage and pumping of liquids, solids and slurries, including caustics and acids
  • Capital cost estimation and budgeting
  • Life cycle cost estimating and analysis
  • Energy and material balances
  • Procurement and procedures for equipment delivery
  • Risk analysis and management