Land and Minerals Consulting Limited

Serving our industry since 2004


Tom Styles joins LMCL as a Senior Geotechnical Enginner.  Tom has an honours degree and a PhD from Camborne School of Mines (his doctorate was on numerical modelling of fractured rock slopes).  Since leaving CSM, Tom has worked as a post-doctoral fellow in British Columbia and then upon returning to the UK he has worked for AMC Consultants and Knight Piésold worldwide on numerous open-pit and tailing dam designs.  Tom strengthens our quarrying design capabilities and will assist in LMCL's continued diversification. 

Rupert Wilks joins LMCL as a Senior Engineer.  Rupert graduated from Lancaster University in 1993 with an Environmental Science with Engineering Geology Degree and previously worked for IG Consulting, Encia Consulting and Stratus Environmental.  Rupert's background will help LMCL diversify it's consulting capabilities.

DroneSurv (LMCL) have just taken delivery of their 3rd unmanned aerial system (UAS or 'Drone').  This time it's a quad-copter Matrice from Intelligent UAS in the United States.  It features a FLIR (infra red thermal) camera on an independent 360° gimbal to the 360° gimbal that the optical camera is mounted on.  The Matrice also features ultrasonic anti collision sensors (parking sensors) and will make this an invaluable tool for both close confinement intersections and thermal surveys.  This was purchased and immediately went to the far-east with Adrian Charters and Matt Riley to undertake a specific type of environmental mapping.  If we gain permission from the international law firm that contracted us, we will present our findings at a later date.

Just like buses, after years of continuous employee growth, we lose two in the space of three months!  We cannot wish Jack enough good wishes for his future career in Cemex.  Jack was our 1st 'technical' employee and joined Adrian and Alison working from their home for many years in the early stages of the Company's development.  He joined LMCL as a fresh MSc graduate and leaves after 8 years as a Chartered Geologist and Senior Engineering Geologist. 

It's a fond farewell to Chris Burgess who has been instrumental in developing our Survey business over the last two years as well as providing excellent geological advice to our Clients and geotechnical support to Adrian Wilkinson and Jack Manuel.  We wish Chris every success in his continued career development with Hope CM.

Mike Williams has joined our team as an Engineering Geologist having just completed an MSc in Mining Engineering at Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter).  Previous to studying at Camborne, Mike worked for 3 years as an Exploration Geologist in the Afar Desert with Stratex International Plc and 1 year as a Graduate Trainee with Aggregate Industries.  Hed had previously received an Integrated Masters in Geology from The University of Leicester.


During the week of 8th - 10th June 2015, DroneSurv were commissioned to undertake a UAV derived photogrammetric survey of the NE Buttress of Gibraltar for Golder Associates.

What was particularly challenging about this project was the CAA imposed flight height of 400 feet (~120m) above take-off location.  This meant that the top of the buttress at 425m would be impossible to photograph and so impossible to model.  It was with great pleasure (and immense relief once the flights were concluded) that DroneSurv was able to obtain a special permission from the Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Gibraltar to fly an Extended Visual Line Of Sight (EVLOS) operation to fly to a height of 1,000 feet.  This required the attendance of both our BNUCs certified UAV Pilots (one on the mountain and one at the take-off location at the base of the mountain) and the issuing of a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).  The flight and the resultant model was a huge success and only possible through thorough planning and diligent execution. The video can be seen under "What we do"/"videos" on this website or on our Youtube Channel at

Land and Minerals Consulting are featured as "Geological Survey Consultants of the Month" in the latest issue of "Business and Industry Today".

We have acquired a new Head Office located in Clevedon just 2 mintues off the M5.  At 1,000 square feet this is more than ample for our current staff and is large enough to enable us to more than triple in size over the next decade.

QuarryDesign's article titled "A Hands Off Approach" describing how we use a combination of the Optech ILRIS-3D-ER LiDAR scanner and the software by InnovMetric and Split Engineering to remotely geologically map and geotechnically characterise rockmasses was printed in The Institute of Quarrying's Quarry Management.

Over the winter months of 2011 / 2012 QuarryDesign presented a series of successful evening Technical Meetings on the use of LiDAR acquired data and geological mapping, geotechnical mapping using Split-Fx and rockfall monitoring.

Three weeks ago (Monday 18th April) the first episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” titled “Winter is Coming” was broadcast on Sky Atlantic. This week (2nd May) saw the first images of Castle Black in their third episode titled “Lord Snow”.

QuarryDesign were proud to be one of the sponsors for the 2010 Extractive Industry Geology Conference held in Plymouth between 8th and 11th September 2010.

QuarryDesign has invested in an Optech ILRIS-3D-ER long-range high-definition LiDAR scanner enabling geotechnical face mapping to be undertaken remotely and safely (by obviating the need to approach quarry faces).

QuarryDesign are pleased to announce that Adrian Charters (formerly Geological Manager for Aggregate Industries USA; and prior to that a founding Director of KeyGeosolutions and Geological Manager for Tarmac), will be joining QuarryDesign as Geological Director starting on 1st September 2010.

Jack Manuel, a recent MSc Geotechnical Engineering graduate from Glasgow University, joins Land and Minerals Consulting Limited as it's first additional professional employee.