GWP Consultants

Evaluation, Design, Delivery & Management of Earth & Water Resource Projects

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Geological investigations, modelling and evaluation.

GWP evaluates many projects where the essential elements involve geological, geochemical, geotechnical & hydrogeological investigations, analysis and modelling. This evaluation stage may either be an end in itself (advising on the quality and quantity of mineral resources), or the starting point and framework for feasibility studies, valuations, planning applications, environmental statements, operational designs, or the provision of expert advice.

GWP offers the full range of services necessary to identify, characterise and measure mineral resources at each stage of their definition, from exploration through feasibility to mine design. Throughout our evaluation work we employ sound statistical and geostatistical approaches underpinned by considerable geological expertise and experience.

GWP is one of the few UK consultancies with in-depth experience in the design of large quarries and opencast mines, and of development schemes involving significant earthworks. Our designs are acknowledged by clients, Mineral Planning Authorities, the Planning Inspectorate and by central government as being of a very high standard in both practical and environmental terms. The primary context of our design activities is the preparation of supporting information for planning or licence applications and their associated environmental impact and risk assessments. We also create operational or remedial works designs. Following approval, GWP regularly provides supervisory staff at the implementation or operational stage of its landfill or excavation designs.


GWP can assist clients with:

  • detailed reviews and interpretation of existing geological documentation and data;
  • assessment, management, processing and integration of geochemical and other exploration data;
  • exploration and evaluation drilling;
  • mapping, sampling, testing and analysis;
  • geological and ore body modelling, three-dimensional visualisation;
  • preparation of resource and reserve estimates and statements;
  • feasibility and due diligence studies, competent persons' statements, and the valuation of assets;
  • forensic examinations to support expert witness services and dispute resolution work; and
  • integrated evaluation, geotechnical, hydrogeological, hydrological and environmental impact studies.



GWP has successfully employed evaluation techniques and skills to investigate and model:

  • the chemistry of limestones, clays and other raw materials used in the manufacture of cement. This work is used for reserve life calculations and quarry designs that incorporate selective recovery and working layouts to reduce downstream blending or homogenisation requirements.
  • patterns of variation of various chemical and other quality parameters in coal and lignite and the design of in situ and production sampling programmes for verification and control purposes.
  • geochemical structure of coal stockpiles and the determination of the calorific and monetary value of coal stocks.
  • colour, block size and other characteristics of building stones and related quarry designs to meet market requirements or to accommodate waste.


Capability Statements

To download our Capability Statements please refer to the Downloads page.

If you would like Project Description Sheets which give examples of our work or further information regarding GWP’s experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.