Geopractica was commisioned in November 2011 to undertake a geotechnical investigation for the new Namoya Gold Mine structures in the eastern DRC, by MDM Engineering on behalf of the client Banro Mining. The mine is located 250 km south of Bakavu and the only practical route to site is by air. Justin and Hugh have spent a couple of interesting weeks on site and with limited resources, (in view of the remoteness of the site) managed to undertake a comprehensive geotechnical investigation with limited tools and report on founding conditions for the structures and recommendations for the extensive earthworks required.
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Transport to site by Skyvan
A deeply weathered profile at 14m, it didn’t look much better at 20m.
Moving the drill rig at Namoya made easy.
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Justin chairs the meeting on how to straighten the SPT rods
Test / Snake Pit courtesy of the local artisinal miners.
Thumbs up from another happy client team !