Beck Engineering is an Australian-based engineering firm that specialises in mining and rock mechanics analysis for the global mining industry.
We apply realistic physics-based simulation methods to forecast the geotechnical performance of underground and open pit mines, across a broad range of mining methods, geotechnical conditions and commodities. Our experienced mining engineers work with our clients to integrate these performance forecasts into practical mine designs, schedules and operating plans.
Beck Engineering shares a common goal with our clients: To design, plan and operate safe, productive and reliable mines.


SIMULATION AIDED ENGINEERING

BE produces high fidelity discontinuum, non-linear models for mining, civil and oil and gas engineering. We work with our clients to re-engineer their designs if needed, or else, we can provide high resolution results for on-site use ....


CAVING INITIATION, PROPAGATION AND SUBSIDENCE

To better estimate the likely performance of caves, a tool that properly accounted for the physical coupling of the caved material to the un-caved rock mass and the draw schedule, driven by the known physics of both parts of the problem was needed. No such tool was available. ...


MINE SCALE MODELLING

BE can simulate your entire mine, incorporating structures and discontinuities from the smallest to largest length scales. Our services include: Large, 3D mine-scale non-linear, strain-softening discontinuum finite element (FE) models using higher-order elements. Simulation of...


OPEN PITS

There is a trend for open pits to be mined to greater depths than before. The greater depths are leading to higher underlying strains in the slope and failures arising from rock mass instability have become more prominent. These failures include instabilities resulting from the...


UNDERGROUND DEFORMATION MAPPING

The benefits of using laser scans for recognising ground movements has been long known. Until recently this has been a cumbersome and time consuming task. BE is now able to offer a quick and accurate method using portable laser scanning devices ...


EXPERT ASSISTANCE AND PEER REVIEW

BE’s mining engineers are experienced expert witnesses and provide strategic technical advice on projects and operating mines to boards and decision makers across the world ...


MINING AND RESERVOIR INDUCED SEISMICITY

BE’s strain-softening, dilatant LR2 finite element models have been demonstrated to reliably forecast seismogenic potential at operations across the world, using correlations between simulated energy release, fault slip and the likelihood of event occurrence (event rate/volume/time) ...


GROUNDWATER IN MINING APPLICATIONS

The presence of groundwater has an important impact at many mining sites. The pore water pressure (pwp) affects the stresses within the solid skeleton of the porous material, thus deformations (subsidence), strains and the amount of damage ...


OIL AND GAS

BE undertakes automatically fully coupled hydro-mechanical analyses: one-way or two-way fully coupled, field scale, 3D, discontinuum models, flow on discontinuities, non-linear hydrogeological models – rock mass damage and fault movement changes the hydrogeological properties, isotropic or orthotropic hydrogeological properties ...


RESEARCH & ROCK MECHANICS

BE has conducted extensive research in the area of rock property estimation, rock strength scaling and homogenisation. One technique applied for these tasks is numerical homogenisation. This involves constructing a model of the rock mass using a discrete fracture network ...


COLLABORATION

Beck Engineering provides consultancy services to our clients in the mining and gas and oil industries world-wide. Our core services are described on our Services pages. Next to these services, BE collaborates with other consultancies and professionals around the world. We are keen to develop new relationships with seismologists, geologists, field ...

MINE SCALE MODELLING – BE can simulate your entire mine, incorporating structures and discontinuities from the smallest to largest length scales. Our services include: Large, 3D mine-scale non-linear, strain-softening discontinuum finite element (FE) models using higher-order elements. Simulation of…

BE’s main effort is Simulation Aided Engineering for difficult geotechnical environments. We focus on rock mechanics aspects of design for extractive industries, complex civil excavations, hydromechanical interactions and dynamic loading.

  • Our main tools are robust methodologies for handling uncertainty and sophisticated, large scale, 3D discontinuum models.
  • We work with you to manage and evolve your design from concept to implementation, by assisting you to quantify your uncertainty at each step and solve problems as they arise.
  • We help extractive industries with complex decision making, where hydro or geotechnical risks might affect the bottom line.
  • We believe in total transparency, collaboration and sufficiency.
  • Our teams of experienced field engineers and applied mechanics engineers work together within your  team of  engineers,  geologists, hydrogeologists, seismologists and field scientists to help you achieve your technical and operational objectives.
  • Our reliable physics based simulations integrate with your operations: We build rock and hydro mechanical simulations that make fewer assumptions, incorporate more of your measured data, and better match field observations to improve forecast resolution.

Beck Engineering provides consultancy services for mining and gas and oil projects world-wide. The map below shows locations for some of our recent projects.

We know you are not designing for designs sake, or modelling for modellings sake. You are focused on successful operations. Our mission is  to help you achieve your higher objective. To talk about Simulation Aided Engineering for your operations, contact BE.

Office Locations

SYDNEY

MAIN OFFICE
Dr. David Beck
9 Reid Drive
Chatswood West 2067
NSW Australia
T: +61 412 135 782
E: info@beck.engineering

BRISBANE

Dr. Alex Campbell
T: +61 488 440 964
E: info@beck.engineering

BERLIN, GERMANY

Applied Mechanics Group
Niedstrasse 20
12159 Berlin
Germany
T: +4930 8507 3699
F: +4930 8507 3824
E: info@beck.engineering

SANTIAGO, CHILE

Eduardo Cordova
www.integralmining.com
T: +56 95 412 3108
E: info@integralmining.com

Collaboration

BE collaborates with other consultancies and professionals around the world. We are keen to develop new relationships with seismologists, geologists, field scientists and planning and production engineering firms and individuals who could benefit from having access to our simulation and design workflows for their projects, or who can bring special skills to our projects.
In the area of rock mechanics, we are also looking for partners in new markets who can provide local expertise and make use of our tools for client benefit.
If you are a professional working in extractive industries who is interested in collaborating with BE in your market, please contact Dr. David Beck.