Tierney Boulter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. With 10 years of experience in the field of geotechnical in-situ testing, drilling and sampling services, she has worked in remote mine sites all over the world. From Canada, the United States, South America and for the last 3.5 years in Australia, Tierney has completed numerous complex site investigations safely on a variety of tailings storage facilities. With a focus on mining and tailings related site characterization projects, Tierney specialises in managing and operating ConeTec’s complete suite of in-situ testing and sampling equipment.

Presentation Title: Site Characterization and Tailings Access Specialists


ConeTec is an international full-service mining, geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation contractor, offering clients superior site characterization services.

With operational experience around the globe, we have successfully executed projects on tailings storage facilities on every continent. With over 35 years of tailings access experience, ConeTec has designed, built and operated specialized testing equipment including low ground pressure access equipment on thousands of tailings site investigations. Operating in tailings storage facilities brings challenges not typically seen in natural environments, we have developed comprehensive health and safety plans for accessing these deposits safely from a wide variety of equipment.

In our presentation we hope to share examples of some equipment utilised around the industry to access a variety of deposits safely, as well as methodology for assessing risk associated with sending equipment into these areas.