Mineral processing refers to the process of separating valuable minerals from their ores. The simplest and most tedious method of separating ores from gangue involves picking out the individual elements. More modern methods of mineral processing involve separation using the difference in mineral densities. This typically involves four steps, including:
As with other industrial markets, innovation has driven trends in the mineral processing industry.
Technology today allows the grinding and preparation of gold, diamond, copper, platinum, nickel, and iron ores to be more cost-effective.
Bringing various minerals to market includes both the operations performed at mining sites and at mineral processing facilities. Vista’s engineering capabilities in mineral processing are wide-ranging and include materials handling, infrastructure design, and water management.
Rock Mechanics & Geotechnical Studies
Geotechnical studies gauge the conditions of subsurface materials. They use rock mechanics principles to determine the properties of such materials. Geotechnical studies are actively employed in mining practices and have major implications for constructing structures above or below the surface of the ground.
Coal & Mineral Processing
Coal and mineral processing involves the separation of valuable minerals from ores. Vista employs the use of advanced techniques and technologies to help mining companies overcome processing challenges.
Vista provides innovative, fit-for-purpose, economically sound facility infrastructure designs that are optimized for long-term profitability. We employ our expertise in data-centric project execution to deliver cost-effective facility infrastructure designs that meet stringent industry standards.
Environmental Baseline & Permitting
Mitigating the potential environmental costs and impacts of developing a mining facility are integral components of an effective project planning strategy. Vista draws on its extensive industry experience to conduct Environmental Baseline Studies (EBS) to analyze environmental conditions of a future site and leverage that to build cost-effective, fit-for-purpose facilities. We work with concerned regulatory agencies to ensure a smooth facility development and planning engineering process.
Water Management – Supply, Management, and Treatment
Water treatment and management are integral to the effective operation of any mineral processing facility. Vista provides clients with cost-effective and reliable water management and infrastructure solutions, using advanced techniques and technologies.
Vista has successfully demonstrated its expertise in the construction and timely delivery of numerous civil engineering projects. We ensure the development of safe, reliable, and stable facilities to satisfy client requirements.
Operations Support, Tailings, & Waste Management
Our team works closely with clients throughout facility development to ensure it satisfies client operational requirements. We leverage our data-centric approach to engineer safe, reliable, and cost-effective mineral processing facilities that are optimized to overcome operational challenges.
Tailings are a fundamental by-product of mining processes. Their management is an essential component of the design, development, and operation of mining facilities. From conception to completion, we see through every aspect of the facility development to provide clients with economically sound tailings impoundment areas for sustainable tailings management.