verum group


Verum Group provides independent consultancy services in a variety of fields including minerals, materials, energy, agriculture, environment, plant optimisation, climate change and operational efficiency. Our unique mix of scientists and engineers are well placed to take on detailed cutting edge consultancy to give our clients an advantage in specialised areas or to provide high-level studies for policy setting and strategic purposes.

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Environmental Services

Contaminated Land

Verum Group offers a wide-ranging set of environmental services. We specialise in the assessment of soil and groundwater quality at diverse locations and sources around New Zealand. Our staff have extensive experience with the management of agricultural soils and contaminated sites including those related to timber treatment, landfills, horticulture, sheep dips, petroleum or chemical storage/handling.

Our services include:

  • Preliminary Site Investigations (PSI) – A site history report which identifies contamination sources and past and present activities
  • Detailed Site Investigations (DSI) – Sampling and analysis from the soil, water air or dust to identify the extent and concentration of contaminants
  • Soil fertility, nutrient balance and nutrient availability reporting

For all our service, we use state-of-the-art onsite XRF analysis.

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Minerals Sector Environmental Science

At Verum Group, we recognise that the minerals sector plays a critical role in delivering our societies infrastructure. We believe that this important sector must operate in the most environmentally responsible manner possible and strive for sustainability. We have specialist skills in environmental science for the minerals sector including mine drainage characterisation, prediction, and remediation. We previously operated New Zealand’s only government-funded minerals sector environmental research programme ( and incorporate the latest results into our consulting work for the industry.

For more information, get in touch with our friendly staff.

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Spatial Data Services

Our team includes experienced GIS operators of ArcGIS, QGIS and MapInfo. We also offer 3D Geological Modelling, specialising in the minerals industry, on Leapfrog and Vulcan platforms. Consultants are also familiar with Surpac/Gemcom and MineSight. Our geologists have a range of experience across different commodities.

Please contact us to discuss your needs and how we can best meet them.

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Resources Consent Approvals

Expert Support & Advice

We manage the assessment of environmental effects compilation, resource consent processing and deliver expert evidence into resource consent processes where required. This may involve the collection of baseline environmental data, numerical modelling of environmental outputs in disturbed environments. We specialise in delivering information and input into successful resource consent applications and for developing projects or renewals for current operations.

Get in touch with our friendly staff to discuss your needs and how we can best meet them.

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Geological & Mineral Services

Mine Life-Cycle Management

As well as providing specific geological and environmental services to your exploration and mining project, Verum Group can assist and help manage the full mining life cycle for your project from the Geological Perspective, Consenting to Environmental Management & Monitoring throughout the project. We specifically provide:

  • Target generation;
  • Exploration planning and work;
  • Resource evaluation;
  • Beneficiation test work;
  • Mineral tenements;
  • Land access assistance;
  • Resource consenting assistance;
  • Environmental baseline monitoring; and
  • Rehabilitation and closure planning.

With our skills and expertise across multiple disciplines, using Verum Group is an effective way to manage your minerals sector project.

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Mineral Resource Evaluation

Our skilled team offer vast experience in resource evaluation. Onsite or centrally based, our consultants have the knowledge and skills to improve mineral resource projects of all levels. Services include due diligence on resource projects; resource classification; mapping; drilling and sampling programme design; chip, mud, and core logging and sampling; detailed coal logging and sampling; database management; accurate data acquisition even in remote and challenging terrain; integration with GIS and modelling services; integration with coal analysis providers and more.

We can also assist in code-compliant (JORC) reporting for coal and mineral resource estimates.

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Permit & Project Management

Our consultants have managed many minerals projects where clear communication with key stakeholders is critical to success. Our roles include reporting to, liaising with, and preparing and submitting data to local and central government organisations and departments, and the facilitation and completion of risk assessments. We also have close links with other specialist service providers that will ensure your project is well serviced.

Verum Group can assist with applications for tenements (prospecting, exploration and mining permits) and navigate the permitting regime in New Zealand. We offer advice on complying with your permits and assist with reporting requirements to NZP&M. With our vast experience working with the tenement regime, we provide timely and effective advice and service. For more information on this service, contact Cameron McCabe.

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Geological Data Collection

Accurate data collection is the backbone upon which all successful projects progress. No matter what level of logistical challenge it takes to get that, our team are just as comfortable navigating through deep forest and digging outcrops in West Coast rain as they are running databases and doing a statistical interpretation. We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty to get the result you need.

We can assist in the planning, carrying out and interpretation of:

  • Field mapping;
  • Soil and rock chip sampling;
  • Portable XRF data collection;
  • Plan and executive drill programmes;
  • Core logging;

Our team uses the latest technology in onsite XRF analysis for all exploration work.

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Metallurgical Testing & Mineral Separation Pilot Plant

Discover our capabilities

Verum Group operates a magnetic separation pilot plant. The pilot plant is suitable for raw / tails / middling iron sand and mineral sand separation by gravity (dense media or spirals) or magnetic properties. We complete liberation studies on bulk ore samples and generation of marketing samples for industrial minerals.

Contact us for details on pilot plant equipment and capabilities.

Verum Group operates froth flotation separation equipment including Denver Cell to complete batch flotation trials and a Leeds Cell for continuous flotation simulations. Besides, Verum Group operates a pilot-scale separation spiral for bulk mineral samples.

Verum Group has a range of pilot-scale and laboratory-scale crushing, grinding and sizing equipment to enable processing simulations of bulk samples.

All this equipment is combined with our standard laboratory analysis equipment to ensure accurate characterization of processed materials.

For detailed information contact Ben Rumsey or Trevor Dine.

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Spontaneous Combustion Propensity

Leading Practice Laboratory Test Range

Verum Group provides a range of advanced laboratory tests that are leading practice in quantifying the spontaneous combustion propensity of coal and other materials.

Spontaneous combustion is a significant hazard for coal mine operations with the occurrence of events often leading to severe outcomes and major disruptions to production. It is essential for coal mines to produce detailed and reliable Principal Hazard Management Plans based on accurate measurements including the propensity of coal to self-heat under in-mine conditions and the associated gas evolution pattern of the heating.

We offer the following spontaneous combustion tests.

R70 testing - Provides a quick and accurate measure of the intrinsic reactivity of coal to oxygen and the values obtained are strongly coal rank dependent and are affected by the intrinsic properties of the coal. Also obtained is a value for the Relative Ignition Temperature which is used to confirm the intrinsic spontaneous combustion reactivity of the coal.

​Incubation testing - Is designed to simulate coal self-heating for any set of boundary conditions that may exist at a mine, port or in transit. It takes into consideration moisture present and the surrounding environment, the presence of reactive pyrite and issues associated with seasonal variation.

SponComGAS™ testing - The gas evolution pattern that occurs in response to coal self-heating can be used as a signature for the early detection of a self-heating event. We can determine the unique gas evolution trends for your situation which can support alarm limits set in the Trigger Action Response Plans.

SponComBULK™ testing - Monitors hot spot development in a coal pile in terms of location of the initial hot spot and subsequent migration within the pile.

All test results are analysed, interpreted and reported by Chartered Professionals who are members of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and all reports are certified by Registered Professional Engineers who are registered under the terms of the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Queensland) and have appropriate knowledge and experience.

For more information get In touch with Ben Rumsey

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