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Bulk air cooler and refrigeration installed in Northern Ontario

Bulk air cooler and refrigeration installed in Northern Ontario

BBE Consulting Canada with offices in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, is part of the BBE (Bluhm Burton Engineering) group of companies. BBE Consulting is recognized as a world leader in the design of mine ventilation and cooling systems. Our services include ventilation modelling, feasibility studies, detailed engineering and EPCM. We are ideally positioned to support underground mining projects from concept through to implementation.

BBE Consulting’s team of experienced engineers and professionals, spanning Africa, Australasia and North America, specialize in mine ventilation, specification and design of mine cooling and refrigeration, contaminant management, energy optimization and mine fire simulation. BBE offers a comprehensive suite of mine ventilation services including: ventilation network simulation, conceptual and feasibility studies, due diligence, competent person’s reports, detailed engineering specifications, tender support, site ventilation surveys, ventilation audits and ventilation training/mentoring.

Our experience, with projects worldwide, covers a broad range of mining methods across various commodity types including gold, platinum, copper, lead, nickel, coal, diamond, uranium and potash.


Stephen Hardcastle is the Managing Director of BBE Consulting Canada and is involved at both technical and strategic levels in the company. He has over thirty-five years of professional and practical experience in mine ventilation optimization, mine environment studies, mine ventilation surveys, mine network modelling, mine heat stress, research and development.

Stephen previously headed various high-level programs as Lead Researcher and as Project Manager for studies commissioned by mines and/or industry focused consortia. Mining clients have included: Agnico Eagle, Aur Resources, Barrick Gold, Battle Mountain, Breakwater Resources, Cambior, Cameco, Compass Minerals, Cigar Lake Mining Corporation, Cogema Resources, Dickenson Mines, Glencore (Xstrata/Falconbridge), Goldcorp, Grande Cache Coal, Hemlo Gold, Iamgold, Meston Resources, MSV, Outukumpu, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Placer Dome, Sifto Salt, St. Lawrence Fluorspar and Vale (Inco). Industry group based involvements and studies have been through: CAMIRO, CEMI, the Deep Mining Research Consortia, the Hydrogen Mine Introduction Initiative and the Mine Automation (tele-mining) Program. He was technically involved and/or headed: the design, study and analysis of several ventilation systems and technologies; ventilation automation and optimization applications, including Ventilation-on-Demand [VOD], developing the first 3D graphics ventilation simulation software plus combining production and ventilation simulators; current and emerging technologies evaluation and advisement; and the associated assessment of health & safety impacts, environmental and energy reduction benefits.

Stephen is also an authority in heat stress through physiological research studies, reviewing current health and safety regulations and guidelines; the examination of heat sources and heat exposure; plus, the evaluation of heat stress monitoring instrumentation and a cooling strategy such as a modular thermal transfer unit for the natural generation of heat in winter and cooling in summer.

He has been a Technical Advisor to Ultra Deep Mining Network [UDMN], Workplace Safety North [WSN] Workplace Environment Committee and Ontario Ministry of Labour Mine Legislative Review Committee’s Diesel Sub-Committee, and is a Technical Committee Member of Management of Work in Extreme Conditions, Canadian Standards Association. Stephen was an Invited Expert for the Occupational Disease and Ventilation Hazards, Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review by Ontario Ministry of Labour and to mining industry forums, the expert reviewer of NIOSH mining research programs and funding submissions to Federal and Provincial agencies.

Stephen has also published over 130 book chapters, scientific and technical papers covering a broad range of on mine environmental, ventilation and associated engineering issues.


Jeff Shaw, Ventilation Engineer P.Eng., has been practicing engineering for industrial and mining clients since graduating from Laurentian university. Before joining BBE, he previously worked for Bestech and his clients included Vale’s Totten and Copper Cliff Mines, Mines/Mills Support, and General Engineering. Glencore clients included Nickel Rim South, Fraser Mine, Falconbridge Smelter, and Strathcona Mill. Jeff has worked closely with the IESO and their Class A consumers including Vale, Glencore, Alamos Gold, and KGHM.

Jeff’s skillset includes: business improvement and process optimization, compressible fluid flows, heat transfer and thermodynamic analysis, energy management, systems engineering, project management, statistical analysis, and the design, programming, and commissioning of industrial ventilation automation systems. Jeff has experience authoring, reviewing, and interpreting NI-43101 reports as well as the FEL engineering studies. Special interest areas revolve around ventilation-on-demand, signaling and semaphore systems, and industrial processes that use remote sensing and control – such as assembly lines, mills and mine management systems.

Jeff speaks English and French.

Roberto Alvarez, Ventilation Specialist, has been practicing mining ventilation engineering national and internationally after one year of his graduation from the Bernardo O’Higgins. Prior to joining BBE Canada, Roberto worked one year of site ventilation consulting in South America and Mexico market for Simsmart Technologist in Montreal, Canada. After that, he works for ¨Corporacion Nacional del Cobre CODELCO CHILE¨, in New Level Mine Project and Chuquicamata Underground Project for almost 7 years combined in both mines.

Roberto´s skillset includes ventilation design, modelling, fire modeling and implementation of mine ventilation and bulk gas handling systems. He has experience in all aspects of the ventilation designs at stages in short or long term of mining plans, including how to survey a complete mine and their elements for flow distribution. H&S workers monitoring strategies for dust control, heat and environmental gas contaminants, refuge stations and evacuation plan design. Besides, U/G estimation of heat load for fire simulation and emergency plans.

Roberto speaks English and Spanish

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