When it comes to rocks, we rock.

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.

  • RESPEC capabilities include:

    • Highwall and Slope Stability
    • Ground-Support Design and Assessments
    • Instrumentation
    • Excavation Design
    • Laboratory and Field Testing

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Founded in 1969, RESPEC is a global leader in geoscience, engineering, data, and integrated technology solutions for major industry sectors.

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Mining & Energy

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RESPEC’s product line is geared towards making businesses and organizations better, faster, smarter, and safer. Our products benefit clients in need of greater efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings.

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Rock Instrumentation

RESPEC’s product line features simple, rugged rock mechanics instruments that measure excavation performance, monitor potentially unstable ground, and ensure safer access.
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Advancing Compressed Air Energy Storage

Filling the gap in renewable energy.
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Detailed Pillar Evaluation

Creating practical solutions in critical areas.
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Interburden Collapse Evaluation

Understanding complex stress scenarios.
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Interburden Thickness Evaluation

Developing multilevel mining solutions.
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Jurong Rock Storage Caverns

Performing various hydrological tests and modeling to provide support for an underground storage cavern facility.
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Long-Term Ground Control in Critical Areas

Evaluating the functional life of ground support.
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Rock Mechanics and Ground-Support Modeling

Providing ground-support modeling for a due-diligence assessment.
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Technical Support for SDDOT’s Pile Load Testing Program

Developing an extensive database of field test results on deep foundation piles to improve design methods.
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Our Experts

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Jay Nopola, PE, CPG
Vice President, Mining & Energy


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Cody Vining
Project Engineer