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Eccentric Engineering at a Local Engineering Firm

You start your day and everything seems to be as normal as it gets.  Operations are running perfectly, all projects are running smoothly and are meeting schedule requirements.  Out of left field comes a fly ball that hits you right between the eyes, a major upset that will has potential for a  production loss, or missed deadlines.  You have people you can rely on to help you through these situations, but everybody is busy so something has to move, or does it? 

Being straddled with situations like the ones above seems to be more normal than not in our hectic schedules.  How can you resolve the situation like the one above, do you panic? Or do you have a sound support team that can you get you through this?  This is where a Fortis Engineering can assist you on-site, off-site, or take over certain areas of the problem completely.  Fortis is an Engineering, Manufacturing and Mining service company based out of Saskatoon.  Fortis Engineering can assist with all your technical support requirements throughout your operational activities or projects.  

Fortis Engineering is skilled and ready to help in the following areas:

  • Engineered Lift Plans and Rigging Studies.
  • Engineered Lift plans for transportation through mine site shafts.
  • Certified critical lift planning and staging requirements.
  • Structural bearing beam supports for roping and de-roping of mine shafts.
  • Skip, Cage, Lifting bale removal and install.
  • Structural Design and Detailing.
  • Custom design and drafting for jib cranes, monorails, and gantry cranes.
  • Structural Galloway designs.
  • Overhead protection and head covers for work in the shaft.
  • Work decks and Inspection decks for working of the top of skips including head covers.
  • Mechanical Design and Detailing
  • Under the hook lifting devices including spreader bars and lifting beams
  • Man baskets which are forklift-able or suspended from a crane
  • Man baskets for shaft repair work meeting mine regulations requirements
  • Concrete bucket and transportation systems
  • Emergency egress shaft conveyance plans
  • Engineering and drawings or electrical feeder cable installation for underground use
  • Custom equipment designs
  • Onsite engineering and design support available to handle complex mechanical and structural projects.
  • Can provide project engineering and project design personnel onsite, to handle a project from start to finish.

Fortis Engineering can also take this one step further.  With every engineered design produced, Fortis has the capability to manufacture and install everything that we design through Fortis’ manufacturing and mining divisions.

Please contact for all your engineering and design requirements.

Work Deck With Headcover designed by Fortis

Fortis Successfully Completes Underground Conveyor Upgrade Installation

In September of 2012 Fortis took on yet another challenging mine project.   This particular job was at the Mosaic Colonsay Mine.

The scope of work included: demolition and removal of the existing conveyor; mucking, excavation, rehabilitation and rock bolting; installation of structural steel, mechanical equipment and all conveyor components. Fortis successfully completed the project two days prior to its scheduled completion date with no safety incidents. Fortis is proud of the quality of work it provided and its timely completion.

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing continues to set the bar high as a Mining contractor and service company.   Fortis continues it's work in many of the mines in and around Saskatchewan.   Fortis has completed contractor work in Saskatchewan mines; PCS Allan, Mosaic Colonsay, SanGold Bisset, Cameco Cigar Lake, BHP Billiton Janzen, PCS Lanigan and many more.

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Popular Mining Trade Shows for 2016

At Fortis we recognize the importance of mining industry trade shows.   It would be great if we could have a booth or send delegates to every show.   However, attending every mining trade show is simply not possible.   Hard decisions need to be made on which mining trade shows to attend.  Yet even finding a list of the popular mining trade shows can be difficult.  For the convenience of our partners and clients, here is our list of popular mining trade shows for 2016:

Popular Mining Trade Shows Outside of North America

Expomin 2016 
April 25-29, 2016
Espacio Riesco
Santiago de Chile, Chile 

ExpoMina 2016 
September 14-16, 2016
Centro de Exposiciones Jockey
Lima, Peru 

MINExpo 2016  
September 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. 

Popular Mining Trade Shows in North America

Prospectors and Developers Association (PDAC) 2016
March 6-9, 2016 
Toronto, Canada 
PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. The four-day annual convention has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and today is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors, 25,122 attendees from over 100 countries, it allows you the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses as well as social and networking events.

Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show 2016
April 7-8, 2016 
Moncton, Canada 
Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive heavy equipment show returns to the Moncton Coliseum. This is THE must-attend event for the heavy equipment, roadbuilding, forestry, landscaping, and municipality sectors―boasting a vast indoor and outdoor showcase of the latest products, services, and BIG iron.

Expo Grands Travaux
April 22-23, 2016
Montreal, Quebec
With a decade of history and growth, this massive heavy equipment show has established itself as a pillar of the industry. Visitors will be treated to many exciting features, including a brand new demo zone. A small fleet of dump trucks will deliver thousands of tons of dirt directly onto the stadium floor and equipment will dig, lift, carry, break and push, just like on an actual worksite.

Canadian Institute of Mining Convention (CIM) 2016
May 1-4, 2016 
Vancouver, Canada 
Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries.  CIM has over 14,600 members, convened from industry, academia and government. With 10 Technical Societies and over 35 Branches, our members help shape, lead and connect Canada’s mining industry, both within our borders and across the globe.

International Conference & Exhibition on Mining, Material & Metallurgical Education
July 11-13, 2016
Quebec City, Quebec
The International Conference & Exhibition on Mining, Material & Metallurgical Education (ICMM) is the premier event will focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences in mining, material and metallurgical pedagogy and education.

ISMS 2016
August 13-19, 2016
Montreal, Quebec
The third International Symposium on Mine Safety Science and Engineering covers different aspects of mine safety issues ranging from rock mechanics and ground control to occupational health and safety.

COM 2016, Conference of Metallurgists
September 11-15, 2016
Quebec City, Quebec
In September 2016, over 1,500 mineral processing experts, academics and industry professionals from more than 60 countries will gather to explore and discuss the important issues and trends currently shaping our industry and its future. Canada last hosted the IMPC in 1982. The theme of the 2016 conference is “Sustainability in Metals and Materials Processing and Use.”

MINExpo 2016
September 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
The largest mining show on (and under!) earth returns to Las Vegas in 2016. MINExpo 2016 is all about the solutions that make it possible for the mining industry to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities in a rapidly changing world in need of metals, minerals and energy.

Popular Mining Trade shows in Saskatoon

Mining Supply Chain Forum
April 12–13, 2016
This forum will provide information on how manufacturers, construction, equipment and service providers can access mining supply opportunities. In addition, there will be a third session on operations topics such as reliability, operations excellence, and maintenance.  In order to allow all registrants the opportunity to participate in the Forum sessions, the tradeshow area is closed while the Forum is in session. 

Fortis is proud to announce that it will be a Platinum level Sponsor for the Mining Supply Chain Forum! 

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is a mining contractor based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Fortis Completes Time Sensitive Project for Mosaic Mine

In August 2015,  Fortis was commissioned to remove and replace the structural tower steel. The project was time critical as this shaft is the service shaft which transports personnel and materials underground. Fortis successfully completed this project on time so Mosaic could return to their regularly scheduled cage times.