Minerals Surveyor

Minerals Surveyor Job Description

Minerals Surveyors Are Concerned With The Use, Value, Management And Exploration Of Mineral Deposits, Which Supply The Construction And Manufacturing Industries, And Provide Fuel For Energy Requirements. 

They Prepare Initial Surveys To Determine The Economic Viability Of A Potential Site And Support Planning Applications, Taking Possible Environmental Effects, Such As Air And Water Pollution, Into Account.

They Then Manage And Develop The Sites, Which May Be Quarries Or Mines, And Map And Record The Extent Of Mineral Extraction. Once A Site Has Been Exhausted, Minerals Surveyors Work With Other Professionals, Including Mining Engineers And Planning And Development Surveyors, To Restore The Land.

Mineral Surveyors Are Involved With A Huge Variety Of Operations Including Peat Workings, Mineral Processing Plants, Onshore Oil And Gas Installations, Methane Extraction Sites, Mine Water Treatment Plants, Brickworks, Concrete And Cement Works, Waste Transfer Stations, Recycling Centres, And Waste Incinerators.

They Also Work On Landfill And Waste Management Sites, And Ensure All Workings Are Safe And Negotiate Legal Contracts To Establish Rights To Work In A Mine.

Minerals Surveyor Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • charting surface areas using global positioning systems (GPS), building accurate 3D models using digital imaging and specialist CAD (computer-aided design) software to map the structure of a site;
  • creating strategies for the re-use of previous development sites;
  • developing pollution licences;
  • providing advice on how waste material should be disposed of.
  • researching land and tax records to establish site ownership;
  • dealing with ownership rights and negotiating contracts to buy, lease or simply to provide access onto sites;
  • undertaking exploration work, such as taking samples and recording results;
  • providing valuations of mineral deposits;
  • providing advice on how best to restore the landscape after extraction is complete;
  • meeting with members of the public and providing information and advice to them as required;
  • carrying out initial surveys, risk assessments and environmental impact assessments on potential sites to assess whether plans are workable;
  • providing advice on developing and managing mineral sites safely and within regulations;
  • exploring, mapping and developing sites for mineral extraction;
  • liaising with local authorities and preparing planning applications for clients;
  • managing areas, such as mining sites, for owners;
  • predicting the environmental effects and impacts of mining, including air pollution and destruction of the landscape;

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