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2019 CEO Award: Award of Merit, Project Management

3 th May 2019

DST is proud to share that we have won the Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Merit in the Project Management category for geotechnical and instrumentation services provided to New Gold Inc. for Stage One of the Rainy River mine development project.

When DST Consulting Engineers Inc. was retained by New Gold Inc. to provide geotechnical engineering services for the project, the firm knew it was a very large and complex project, but was eager to get involved. The objectives of the project centered on permitting a new greenfield gold mine and bringing it through development and into production. The specific focus was to build a robust Tailings Management Area (TMA) that would be safe and efficient over the long-term life of the mine. At all times, this project needed to align with the overall safe and sustainable vision New Gold had for the development.

According to Jeff Peterson, Senior Principal and Senior Geoscientist with DST, all on-site personnel, from contractors to consultants, needed to work around the client’s challenging and fast-tracked schedule. Completion of Stage 1 construction was directly impacted when the mine could move into full scale production and when Stage 2 of development for the mine could commence. Given the high stakes, pressure for Stage 1 of the project to be completed on schedule, and within budget, was very high. Although variables presented by the site made achieving the desired schedule difficult, the expectation that DST would manage responsibilities in a manner that did not negatively impact the project’s objective was firm. The DST team delivered.

“We are quite proud of what we were able to accomplish on this project,” says Peterson. “There were many of us at DST involved and it really brought the company together and showed what we were capable of achieving.”

Seeing this project through to completion safely and to the satisfaction of our client was award enough, but we are extremely proud to accept this great honour!

To read more about the project, check out CEO’s Accolades magazine.


About DST Consulting Engineers

DST is a nation-wide, employee owned company with over 40 years of experience. Our ‘product’ is our knowledge, our greatest asset is our brain power, and our business is providing a range of comprehensive, results-driven services to meet the special demands of our clients.


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