2016 ► NEW GOLD
New Gold Inc. is constructing an open pit gold mine about 65 km northwest of Fort Frances in Northwestern Ontario, known as the Rainy River project. The mine has year round road access and powerlines as well as a railway located 21 km south.
In early 2016, TULLOCH Engineering was retained by Moncrief Construction Limited (one of the civil works contractors on site) to provide field surveying and office support for the construction of various elements of the work, including mine access roads and buried infrastructure. As construction continued, New Gold contracted TULLOCH directly to be the lead engineering firm for the development, and TULLOCH assumed the role of the Owner’s Engineer. TULLOCH is providing engineering and survey support to New Gold with field engineers, senior CAD technicians and survey crews working on site on a daily basis.
TULLOCH staff are involved in a variety of activities related to the site entrances, pipeline, fresh water pipeline, discharge pipeline, directional drilling, Requests for Information, volume reports, re-alignment and re-design calculations, etc.
The focus of the current work is on the construction of the processing facilities and supporting infrastructure as well as the initial stripping of the open pit. Key construction activities include: installation of mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation, completion of power lines, completion of the water management ponds and commencement of construction of the tailings dam.
TULLOCH was also retained by New Gold to design and implement daily progress reporting for quality assurance, volumes and layout design for various projects onsite.
TULLOCH mobilized two cross-shifts to meet the demand of 24/7 construction, with each cross-shift containing three inspectors and one senior office support staff. This full time presence on site allowed for accurate real time reporting helping to project and plan for obstacles during construction. TULLOCH’s extensive experience with construction inspection, surveying, layout and design made an ideal fit for the accelerated multi-front construction demand.