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Hydrogeological Investigations: Maximising Data and Minimising Cost

10 March 2015
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Event type:
Evening meeting, Lecture
Organised by:
West Midlands Regional Group
Atkins (the Axis) 10 Holliday Street. Birmingham.
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Lauren Ballerini (Principal Hydrogeologist, Wardell Armstrong International Ltd)


Under NI 43-101, the standard of reporting for the Toronto Stock Exchange, hydrogeology is required as a modifying factor to be considered in mining however its value is often questioned within the mining industry. While the necessity for completing studies is accepted, with no definitive guidance of what is needed at each study level, the detail of the study is often called into question. Mining companies frequently want the majority of hydrogeological information gathered from resource and geotechnical drill programmes and by in-country geologists with no special hydrogeological training - a bolt-on approach.

In this talk we will examine some case studies of recent work completed by WAI at different study levels. A comparison will be made between costs associated with running a stand alone hydrogeological programme or a bolt-on programme and, most importantly, the quality of the data obtained.

CPD: These events may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of personal development. Delegates should check their individual scheme requirements.


Atkins (The Axis) 10 Holliday Street. Birmingham. West Midlands. B1 1TF


Tuesday 10 March 2015


Lecture start promptly at 6:30pm. Tea and coffee from 6:00pm

Booking Information

This venue is limited to a maximum of 60 persons. All attendees are required to pre-register their interest for all meetings at Atkins (The Axis) via the Group Secretary [email protected]. Members should quote their GSL Fellowship Number when making a reservation. Non-members are welcome to attend at no charge, though donations are encouraged. Seating of non-members shall be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alternatively due to the limited number of spaces available, the talk will be available as a live webinar. Please contact the Group Secretary should you be interested in attending in this manner. 

Wardell Armstrong in Stoke on Trent, have offered to screen and run the webinar from their offices, if you would like to attend the talk here please notify the Group Secretary.

About the Speaker

Lauren is a Principal Hydrogeologist with Wardell Armstrong International. She has 10 years experience working in UK based consultancies firstly in contaminated land and latterly on mainly international mining projects. 

Over the past 3 years with Wardell Armstrong, Lauren has worked on projects, involving site visits, in Cuba, Mozambique, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Russia. The work has involved water balance studies for heap leach pads to assess potential losses of cyanide, water supply studies for operational mines, environmental impact assessments, inflow studies for open pits and underground mines and water control studies.

Further information

For more information download the flyer or contact the Group Secretary [email protected]

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