About Mine Ventilation Systems

We have expertise in designing main and auxiliary ventilation systems, including heating and cooling plants. No matter the stage of your project, we can support you, from scoping study level designs, to detailed construction design, to optimizing existing systems. Services include:

Ventilation Consulting

  • Operational support—mine ventilation survey, ventilation 3D-model update and performing fan test (Stantec provides mine ventilation maintenance solutions in accordance to governing regulations)
  • Feasibility studies—high level scoping studies to executable projects, Stantec provides complete mine ventilation engineering
  • Evaluation—existing and proposed mine ventilation systems trade-off and optimization studies–comparative analysis, cost estimating, and scheduling for construction, preproduction, production, life of project/mine
  • Design—primary, secondary and auxiliary ventilation systems
  • Mine cooling and refrigeration—complete thermodynamic analysis of the mine and refrigeration plant design
  • Computer modeling and simulations—development of ventilation numerical model (VnetPC, Ventism)
  • Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis—CFD analysis of main ventilation compartments (e.g. Main Fans, Shaft Intakes, Plenum, etc.), equipment and problematic areas of the mine
  • Climatic analysis—determine maximum heat loads for various phases of development and production
  • Numerical model output analysis—airflow determination, airway sizing, airflow distribution, critical path
  • Fan selection—operating points and duty cycles

Ventilation Technical Support

  • Advice and assistance regarding ventilation strategies and methods
  • Advice on integrity of assets, and ensure compliance to standards and legislative requirements
  • Development of emergency preparedness plans
  • Provide technical designs, input and leadership for ventilation projects
  • Prepare general arrangement drawings

Other Realted Services

Detailed Engineering Design

  • Specifications—construction, procurement, tender preparation
  • Quality assurance—construction inspections, shop fabrication inspections, welding inspections
  • Multi-discipline engineering

Civil/ Structural

  • Structural steel and concrete design
  • Excavation and retaining structures
  • Foundation design
  • Construction review and inspections, CWB welding engineer on staff


  • Inspections and commissioning
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics


  • Power distribution—high and low voltage substations, high and low voltage switchgear, overhead and underground power distribution systems, transmission systems, emergency power systems
  • Motor control and automation—substations, transmission systems, PLC control and networking
  • Instrumentation and control systems
  • Energy—energy audits and studies
  • Studies—power systems feasibility studies and evaluations


  • Prepare and implement a comprehensive procurement/contract program to supply equipment, materials, and services.

Construction Management

  • Support services to help our clients manage the entire project cycle from engineering through procurement and construction.


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