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McIntosh Perry gains media attention for use of GIS at Deloro Mine Site

GIS - Deloro

GIS has been an integral part of the progress to date, giving staff at McIntosh Perry the ability to gain greater insight and design more thorough remediation plans through building and integrating a database of information for multiple areas at the site.

McIntosh Perry was recently highlighted in Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine for the work the firm is completing with geographic information systems (GIS) at the Deloro Mine Site.

Although GIS touches nearly every aspect of all disciplines at the engineering and related professional services firm, McIntosh Perry was recognized in a four-page article for applying GIS to environmental and natural resource projects, such as the cleanup of the mine in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake.

The Deloro mine and its refining facilities operated on a 200-hectare property for almost a century. After closing in 1989, the site was found to be contaminated with arsenic, heavy metals and low-level radioactive waste.

That initiated a multi-year project through the provincial government to clean up the site starting in 2011. McIntosh Perry has been involved in multiple phases of the industrial and mine area clean up, focused on rehabilitation and containment of contamination. The firm’s professionals have been on site, for several years, with experts in place ranging from wildlife biologists to environmental engineers to radiation protection specialists, affording McIntosh Perry intense, first-hand knowledge of the site and its challenges.

GIS has been an integral part of the progress to date, giving staff at McIntosh Perry the ability to gain greater insight and design more thorough remediation plans through building and integrating a database of information for multiple areas at the site.

GIS is a computer-based science and technology that combines geographic data with the analytical capabilities of databases to generate visual maps and reports. It allows spatial data to be incorporated into business decisions and transforms spatial data and information into a management decision-making tool. McIntosh Perry implemented a dedicated GIS team within the firm almost two years ago, and is now able to present information in a straightforward way to project partners, clients and regulators, while answering questions and solving problems by looking at the data through a method that is comprehensive and easily shared.

These layers of information brought together from scientists, surveyors and engineers support the life cycle of a project, while also allowing integration of data from different spectrums within the company.



The firm’s GIS capabilities pertaining to the Deloro site were featured in the July/August issue of the magazine. The article notes that McIntosh Perry started by creating a GIS data set to help restore almost a kilometre of shoreline in the Moira River. Due to the river being found to host significant contaminants at the mine site, the soil there had to be removed and replaced. To accomplish this difficult task meant that McIntosh Perry compiled a detailed 3-D model of the riverbank to provide engineers with a remediation plan.

Not only did the layers of information give a clear picture of all aspects of the project and the site, but it also allowed for the instant sharing of that information across disciplines involved with the cleanup project.

For example, the GIS database built by surveyors was exported to design engineers for their use in developing the remediation design.  The article says that the mine site GIS, coupled with the remediation design, became the base for the creation of the construction drawings.

Eventually the site will close and it will be a controlled hazardous waste facility, but using GIS had a positive impact on the overall understanding and design of the project, its implementation and its complexities.

Find out more about McIntosh Perry’s GIS services by clicking here: http://www.mcintoshperry.com/geographic_information_sytems.html.  To read the article in Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, click here: http://issuu.com/esemag/docs/ese-jul.aug.2015_epub/44?e=14275946/14496456.