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CONSULTING: SRK merges with Labrecque Technologies

SUDBURY, Ont. – SRK Canada has announced its merger with Labrecque Technologies Inc. By joining forces, the two companies will broaden the scopes of their service offerings within the mining and minerals industries. LTI will operate as a business unit of SRK.

Production simulation is only one Lebrecque Technologies service that SRK is adding to its expertise.

LTI specializes in conducting dynamic process simulations to help mining companies predict future performance so they can optimize productivity and avoid costly mistakes. The modeling work takes a systems approach, with models accounting for interactions and interferences between all of the ore flow systems and mining equipment. Most projects involve studying ore and waste handling, lateral development rates, block cave development, construction, production, crusher and skipping capacity, truck ramp haulage and traffic analysis, and bin and storage facility optimization.

LTI has already worked successfully with SRK on many underground mining projects in North America, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Philippines. Most recently, the two companies jointly completed simulation work for North American Palladium’s Lac Des Iles gold mine in in northern Ontario, and together they are providing ongoing simulation modelling for the Goderich salt mine in southwestern Ontario.

LTI has a decade of experience in applying mechanical and industrial engineering methods to mining. By building discrete event simulation models, it helps clients plan expansions, evaluate design and process options, identify and overcome bottlenecks, predict performance, optimize development and production schedules, and assess the impacts of incorporating new equipment and technology into existing systems.

Since LTI’s founding in 2008, it has grown to serve mining clients ranging from juniors to large multinational companies worldwide. LTI’s projects have involved mining operations from small cut and fill operations to large block cave mines with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 160,000 t/d.

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