Services

Comprehensive underground design and construction services that are provided include:
 
  • Geotechnical Investigations Planning and Budgeting
  • Geotechnical and Geological Assessments
  • Conceptual and Trade-Off/Options Studies
  • Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Studies
  • Preliminary and Final Design
  • Portal, Shaft, Cavern, and Tunnel Design
  • Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Construction Assessments
  • Specialized Rock Testing
  • Rock Durability Assessments
  • In Situ Stress Assessments
  • Overstress Assessments
  • Rock Support Corrosion Potential Assessments
  • Groundwater Inflow Assessments
  • Risk Registers and Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Assessments
  • Construction Risk Mitigation Solutions
  • Constructability Assessments
  • Site and Construction Inspections
  • Underground Safety Audits
  • Inspection and Condition Assessment of Operating Tunnels  
  • Benchmark Cost Estimates and Review
  • Project and Construction Scheduling
  • Rehabilitation and Repair Design of Existing Tunnels
  • Peer Technical Advisory Services
  • Project Procurement
  • Contract Documentation (RFPs, RFQs, Tender Documents, GDRs, GBRs)
  • Technical Specifications
  • Claims Advice
  • Expert Opinion/Witness
  • Independent/Lender's Engineer
  • Due Diligence
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Asset Performance Evaluation of Hydropower Tunnels 
  • Inspection and Evaluation of Tunnels using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
  • Independent risk evaluation for insurers
  • Pre-bid geotechnical reviews for tunnel constructors
 
Dean Brox Consulting specializes in underground design and construction services for Design-Build project delivery approaches. Dean Brox Consulting has worked efficiently for a number of tunneling constructors to develop successful qualifications and bid proposals for shortlisting as well as cost-effective designs for low risk and schedule demanding construction.
 
Dean Brox Consulting welcomes collaboration with other specialist underground design and construction professionals to provide a team-based approach for clients and/or tunnel constructors for project studies, design, and construction of new projects.

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Dean has an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (1985) and a Masters Degree in Engineering Rock Mechanics with Distinction from Imperial College, University of London, England (1990). Dean is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and the Association of Professional Engineers of the Yukon.

 

Dean started his career in the underground deep-level gold mining industry in South Africa learning and dealing with highly stressed ground and the daily occurrences of rockbursting. Dean also lived and worked for extended periods in Hong Kong and Switzerland involved with the design and construction of a variety of large and deep underground excavations associated with major transportation projects.

 

Dean was involved on such world famous underground projects including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the Hong Kong Airport Core Projects, and the Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel.

 

Dean regularly attends and presents at industry conferences including the International Tunneling Association (ITA) World Tunnel Congress, Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC), North American Tunneling (NAT), Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC), and the British Tunneling Society (BTS). Recent presentations, lectures, and seminars have included:

 

 

  • ITA Training Seminar on Risk Management Practice for Underground Projects, Chilean Tunneling Association, Santiago, 2017

  • ITA Training Seminar on Contract and Risk Management Practice, Nepal Tunneling Association Conference, Kathmandu, 2016.

  • Cutting Edge Conference, New York - Groundwater Control in Tunneling, Highly Acidic Groundwater Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • British Tunneling Society (BTS) Conference, London - Design and Construction Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • ITA World Tunnel Congress, Iguassu Falls, Brazil – Training Session Lecturer – Lessons Learned from the Design, Construction and Operation of Hydropower Tunnels. 2014

  • Clean Energy BC – Conference Presenter – Innovation in Hydropower Design, Water Conveyances - Tunnels and Shafts, 2013

  • UBC Geological Engineering Course – Guest Lecturer, 2013 and Past

  • Tunneling Association of Canada – Conference Presenter 1998-2012

  • Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Presentation, Construction of the 57 km Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel in Switzerland and Tunneling in British Columbia, 2011.

  • George Fox Tunnel Conference – Presenter, New York, 2011

  • BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Construction Management Course – Guest Lecturer

  • Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) – Presenter (2003-2011)

  • North American Tunneling (NAT) Conference – Presenter (2004-2010)