Minerals surveyors are concerned with the use, value, management and exploration of mineral deposits, which supply the construction and manufacturing industries, and provide fuel for energy requirements.
They prepare initial surveys to determine the economic viability of a potential site and support planning applications, taking possible environmental effects, such as air and water pollution, into account.
They then manage and develop the sites, which may be quarries or mines, and map and record the extent of mineral extraction. Once a site has been exhausted, minerals surveyors work with other professionals, including mining engineers and planning and development surveyors, to restore the land.
Mineral surveyors are involved with a huge variety of operations including peat workings, mineral processing plants, onshore oil and gas installations, methane extraction sites, mine water treatment plants, brickworks, concrete and cement works, waste transfer stations, recycling centres, and waste incinerators.
They also work on landfill and waste management sites, and ensure all workings are safe and negotiate legal contracts to establish rights to work in a mine.