Mine Water and Geosciences Services and Consultancy
Pennington Scott is a multidisciplinary geosciences consulting firm. Specialising in the exploration and development of water resources, we deliver cost-effective and innovative hydrogeological solutions to projects across a variety of industries.
Its extensive technical expertise, ability to consistently deliver innovative solutions, and unfaltering dedication to customer satisfaction has made Pennington Scott the water specialist of choice in the geosciences consultancy market.
Mine water consultancy services
Pennington Scott has extensive worldwide experience delivering comprehensive and innovative life-of-mine water services. By minimising the risk and uncertainty associated with strategic water issues, it assists its clients in overcoming obstacles from project initiation through to mine closure and site rehabilitation.
Its specialty services include advanced water exploration; water supply and development; dewatering; assessment of environmental impacts; water management; numerical modelling; and tailings’ storage-facility assessment.
Ground and airborne geophysical technologies
Long at the cutting-edge of water exploration research and development, Pennington Scott offers the mining sector advanced ground and airborne geophysical technologies. Pennington Scott’s highly specialised team eradicates any ambiguity associated with mapping and evaluating your water resources.
Water exploration services
Pennington Scott’s high-quality and cost-effective water exploration services guarantee quality assurance and peace of mind, allowing clients to concentrate on their core operating activities.
Water supply and development services
Knowing the sustainability of any major operation depends on reliable and consistent water supply, Pennington Scott offers full-cycle water supply and development services. From determining your future water requirements to turning on the taps, Pennington Scott has your water supply and development requirements covered.
Its range of speciality water supply services includes:
- Project scoping and costing
- Strategic issues and options analysis
- Advanced exploration services
- Management of drilling and testing investigations
- Environmental impact assessment
- Statutory approvals
- Borefield design and optimisation
- Borefield performance monitoring
Civil and mining excavation dewatering
However challenging the situation, Pennington Scott’s experienced team can advise you of the most efficient and effective dewatering methods for all civil and mining excavations. The situations for which Pennington Scott can supply such services include:
- In pit sumps, dewatering bores or horizontal seep wells
- Grout, concrete-diaphragm or clutched-steel sheet piles
- Groundwater cut-off walls
- Micro-fine grout injection
- Specific dewatering for tunnel-boring machines (TBMs)
Mine water environmental impact assessments
The Pennington Scott team has a wealth of experience in providing a comprehensive range of environmental assessment services up to and including assessment at environmental impact statement (EIS) level.
Through its ongoing partnership with Syrinx Environmental, Pennington Scott has successfully provided such assessments for a multiplicity of major water projects throughout Western Australia.
The company’s speciality assessments include analysis of triple bottom line issues; flora and fauna surveys; assessment of wetlands; numerical modelling; sustainable water resource development; and reporting to EIS level.
Sustainable and cost-effective water management services
Operating at the heart of the driest continent on the planet, Pennington Scott recognises that water management is an issue Australia cannot afford to take lightly. Its principled philosophy in sustainable and cost-effective water management has long inspired the strategic direction of several leading resource companies as well as state and Commonwealth government agencies.
Pennington Scott’s water management services include allocation policy and planning; sustainable yield assessment; water source protection; whole-of-project water balance management; risk and cost-benefit analyses; water use efficiency; nutrient and irrigation management; and water-quality management and treatment.
Groundwater modelling studies
Pennington Scott’s groundwater modelling team is one of the most accomplished in Western Australia and has been responsible for conducting some of the largest and most significant groundwater modelling studies throughout the country.
Through the development of numerical models as a conceptual simulation of water resources systems, Pennington Scott is able to advise and prepare clients for the longer-term management of their water resources.
Using state-of-the-art numerical modelling computer techniques, Pennington Scott can simulate and evaluate:
- Likely groundwater influx into pits, tunnels and underground workings using FD and FE models
- River flow characteristics using HEC RAS
- Seepage through dam walls
- Bore performance using radial flow models
- Whole-of-mine water management performance using integrated stochastic catchments’ models