According to Golder, the acquisition boosts the company’s capabilities as a global leader in mining by expanding its mine planning and resource evaluation capabilities in energy minerals, particularly coal and the Alberta oil sands. It also expands opportunities to provide Golder’s traditional services—including geotechnical engineering, mine waste management, environmental services and permitting, and reclamation and closure—to new clients in the world’s major coal-producing regions.

“The combined services of Golder Associates and Marston provide tremendous advantages to all of our mining clients by creating one of the largest and most distinguished groups of geology and mine planning professionals in the business,” said Brian Conlin, president and CEO, Golder Associates.

The complementary talents and similar cultures of Golder and Marston will be of particular benefit to the coal and Alberta-based oil sands industries, which require the full spectrum of mine planning, scheduling, geotechnical and environmental services, Conlin explained. He believes other synergies, such as both firms’ resource evaluation expertise, will enable them to assist metal mining companies across the globe.