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Rick Frechette, P.E.

Principal Consultant, Civil and Geotechnical Engineering

Rick has an advanced sense for understanding his mining clients’ needs – whether stated or inferred – and a passion for making sure those needs are met or exceeded. He combines these abilities with his project directing skills and lessons learned from overseeing the design and construction of dozens of development, reclamation, closure, and remediation projects at sites around the globe.

Rick is a recognized thought leader in integrated closure planning for new mine facilities, including reclamation and closure of heap leach, tailings, and mine waste impoundments. He has published or presented to expert audiences at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Chile. Rick’s hands-on experiences with permitting, operations, construction, and closure, combined with practical water balance capabilities and remediation/mitigation experience, is considered a unique skill set in the mining industry.

  • Checkmark Civil and geotechnical engineering analysis and design
  • Checkmark Engineering of sitewide or component mine closure 
  • Checkmark Environmental impact assessment
  • Checkmark Industrial brownfields property acquisition review
  • Checkmark Leach pad and tailings design
  • Checkmark Pre feasibility and feasibility study technical support
  • Checkmark Project permitting
  • Checkmark Reclamation and closure planning and cost estimating
  • Checkmark Solid and liquid waste storage facility design
  • Checkmark System water balance development

“With over 30 years of experience, I effectively advocate for my clients while considering a full range of stakeholder perspectives, and I offer them guidance that increases their certainty for success.”