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About the Group

Minerals and Waste Management Surveyors specialise in providing professional advice in the life cycle of minerals and waste developments.This advice ranges from initial site assessment through the period of extraction or infilling to site restoration and the final ‘after use’. A Chartered Minerals Surveyor is professionally qualified to carry out the valuation of minerals, mineral developments and waste assets.

A Minerals Surveyors expertise includes the evaluation of mineral reserves or void space, the preparation of planning applications and the management and preparation of Environmental Impact Statements.

Development Life Cycle


At the prospecting stage the Mineral Surveyor is able to:

  • Identify potential mineral resources and assess quantity and quality

  • Quantify void capacity for waste developments

  • Undertake prospecting including preparation of geological and prospecting reports

  • Undertake topographic and geological mapping.

  • Undertake valuations of mineral reserves and provide advice on acquisition, including licence and lease options.


At the planning stage the Mineral Surveyor is able to:

  • Liaise with regulatory authorities including ‘scoping’

  • Design mineral extraction schemes

  • Prepare planning applications and environmental impact statements (EIS).

  • Undertake planning appeals.

  • Provide expert opinion at oral planning hearings.

  • Prepare environmental management systems (EMS).

  • Monitor planning and environmental compliance.

  • Prepare air and water emissions permit/licence applications.

  • Prepare waste licence/permit applications for landfill/ recovery facilities.

Minerals Management

  • Administration of mineral properties through protection of statutory rights.

  • Negotiation of licence, leases, rents and royalty reviews.

  • Valuation for rates and provision of expert opinion at rates tribunals.

  • Survey control and setting out including statutory mine surveys.

  • Monitoring mineral extraction rates and quality and quantity

  • Environmental Monitoring (noise, dust, vibration, water quality).

  • Claims for compensation arising from compulsory purchase orders.

  • Valuations for assets disposal by freehold, leasehold and/or licence.

  • Schemes for the restoration of derelict and contaminated land.

  • Aftercare planning for minerals working restoration. Minerals are the raw materials required by society for construction, for energy and for manufacturing industry.Careful waste disposal/management is a basic requirement of a consumer led society.

Knowledge and Technical Skills

Minerals and waste management surveyors must have professional and technical skills and a broad knowledge of:

  • Mining and quarrying

  • The valuation and economics of minerals and waste

  • Planning law

  • The law relating to minerals and waste disposal

  • Environmental legislation

  • Geology

  • Surveying

Recently there has been a significant increase in legislation relating to minerals and waste.This includes the areas of planning, environmental compliance, nature conservation, due diligence and investment.

Recent years have also seen a growth in new technologies relating to energy provision including on shore and off shore oil and gas, the recovery of shale gas, energy from waste and wind energy.

Many professionals in these specialist areas are involved in the planning and development processes for environmentally sensitive development schemes.

Minerals surveying terms of reference 


Shane McDermott MSCSI, MRICS