Rock & Soil Mechanics

As a global leader in rock mechanics, RESPEC’s engineering team is a combined force of integrated backgrounds in geosciences. Because successful designs start with good ground, soil, and rock data, understanding rock mechanics in response to the force fields of their environment is important. RESPEC’s team delivers expertise in rock mechanics to determine the shear strength of a rock mass and its capacity to resist applied forces or respond to dynamic loading.

Our natural world has been modified so much that the “easy” engineering projects are fewer and fewer. As mines and infrastructure projects continue to advance into more difficult territory where excavations are larger, mines are deeper, and grades are lower, project requirements are becoming more complex. As engineering projects advance, simple engineering and “rule of thumb” methodologies don’t apply. The highest levels of theory, observation, and expertise must work together to create the safest, most innovative rock-mechanics solutions in mining and energy.

While considering economics and safety in a multifaceted approach, RESPEC’s rock-mechanics experts condense complex concepts into practical engineering solutions. We accomplish this with a thorough understanding of field assessments, laboratory testing, empirical relationships, and numerical modeling. In the field, we manage drilling projects to improve efficiency, build, and installation. Our team interprets rock-mechanics instruments to refine ground support designs. RESPEC’s laboratory testing is predicated on exceptional sample preparation, and we can achieve accurate results from even the most difficult materials. While empirical relationships provide a basis for design, more detailed analyses that involves multi-level mines are often needed. RESPEC’s multifaceted approach successfully provides pillar, sill, and ground-support modifications underground and safe highwalls and slopes at the surface.