We make mining deposits look like real mountains with Geomorphic Design

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Natural landscapes designed by VAST

Traditional mining deposits do not achieve closure goals.

Ours do.

A huge problem with traditional waste rock deposits is that they erode, are unsuitable for landscape restoration and do not blend in with the surrounding landscape. This results in ongoing environmental issues, maintenance costs, slow landscape recovery and unnatural looking landforms. With geomorphic design, we bring those elements to life.

Think about it, have you ever seen a perfectly formed pyramid naturally occur in nature before? Neither have we. That is because such landforms are unstable and erode. Every landform wants to reach a state of ‘maturity’ (as do we by the way – but that is a different matter) and does so after thousands of years of weathering.

We design waste rock deposits using a geomorphic design approach and principles. Using our method, we design waste rock deposits just as nature would have done it -but instead of waiting 10 000+ years for natural forces to do their thing – we do it by design today. This means a long-term stable landform that does not negatively impact on the surrounding landscape but reconnects with it hydrologically, looks natural, promotes biodiversity and is safer to visit. The landscape can be returned faster to nature and people.

Traditional Mining Deposit

Typically ‘Pyramid Shaped’ – not something you’d see naturally occurring in the landscape.

Geomorphologically Designed Deposit

Designed with nature as a reference – looks and functions as a part of the natural surrounding landscape.

Geomorphic Design for a better world

VAST turns mine closure visions into reality through geomorphic reclamation so today’s and coming generations can continue to enjoy the landscape. We design and implement innovative solutions that help people and businesses succeed.

Leaders in Geomorphic Design

We believe that everyone has a role to play in making the world a better place. We’re doing our part by utilizing our skillsets as landscape architects and geomorphic designers to tackle todays problems related to mine closure by challenging industry standards and promoting long-term thinking. We geomorphically reclaim mine sites creating long-term stable, safe and self-sustaining landscapes that are beneficial to nature and human.

Ready for you to make your mark on the world?

Our team of professionals is ready to work with you and your team of architects, engineers, designers, and planners to turn your closure vision into reality.

Learn more about Geomorphic Design.

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Seminar at the University of Madrid

Today we had the opportunity to give a talk at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid about starting…
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NITREM – another project in the books

In 2018 we began our geomorphic journey in Sweden with the NITREM-project - an EIT RawMaterials funded…
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Geomorphic Study trip to Spain

Thanks to LKAB and Copperstone Resources AB for joining us on our Geomorphic Study Trip in Spain. Many valuable…

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