R. Michael Smith



R. Michael Smith, P.E

R. Michael   Smith, P.E

Principal Engineer


rmsmith@newfields.com

Office:

9400 Station Street
Suite 300
Lonetree, CO 80124
(720) 508-3300

 

Education:

B.S. Civil Engineering University of Colorado
Masters work completed Geotechnical Engineering University of Colorado

 

Mr. Smith has 37 years of progressive field and engineering experience, the last  24 of which has been spent in geotechnical evaluation and civil design of mining infrastructure such as Tailings Storage Facilities, Water Dams, Heap Leach Pads, Surface Water Diversion Channels and Roadways.  Mr. Smith’s experience includes over 300 mining projects in 40 countries and 5 continents.

Early engagements with Chen and Associates (6 years) was his introduction to engineering where he was engaged in geotechnical field investigations/analyses, construction over-sight and production of soil and foundation reports.  Mr. Smith left Chen to start Ground Engineering in Denver with a colleague and was instrumental in building the company to 35 staff over the course of his 4 years with the firm.  His next assignment was with Knight Piesold (15 years) in Denver where he cut his teeth in the mining industry in the areas of geotechnical investigation/analysis and civil design of mine infrastructure.  He held the office of Senior Vice President and was in-charge of the engineering design group in Denver.  He also served as KP’s global mining coordinator.  During his tenure at KP the mining practice in Denver grew from 6 staff to over 140 staff with over $28M in revenue. Mr. Smith also started Smith Williams Consultants (SWC), a mining centric civil/geotechnical practice,  where he served as President for approximately 5 years until SWC was purchased by AMEC Earth and Environmental.  Mr. Smith was a Vice President for AMEC E&E for 4 years, again focused on mining, where he was instrumental in building AMEC E&E’s US mining practice from approximately $3.5M in revenue to over $36M in revenue.  Mr. Smith joined NewFields Mining Design and Technical Services as a principle engineer in 2012 and has remained there to date.

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