GoldSET© Providing Sustainable value from project design to developent, by supporting the most sustainable solution.
GoldSET© Providing Sustainable value from project design to developent, by supporting the most sustainable solution.
Decision Support
Transparency and Rigour
Business Risk Management
Option #1
environment 27%
society 71%
economics 34%
society economics
project cost:$458,765
project duration:10 years
Option #2
environment 64%
society 60%
economics 44%
society economics
project cost:$458,765
project duration:10 years
Option #3
environment 36%
society 50%
economics 51%
society economics
project cost:$591,164
project duration:15 years

GoldSET in the news

Welcome to the News Room! Here you will find all the press articles, stories, events and recognitions featuring GoldSET

GoldSET will be presented in a conference on Biodiversity at the 2015 Americana Tradeshow

A presentation entitled “Sustainability evaluation of biodiversity offsetting options: Case study for the mining industry” will discuss the application of GoldSET at Americana, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, on March 18th.

Americana is known today as the largest multi-sector environmental trade show in North America. This forum for technical and scientific dialogue, as well as business interactions, will run from March 17 to 19, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Close to 350 exhibitors, 200 speakers, 10,000 attendees and representatives from more than 50 countries will be on hand.

Come meet with Golder Associates at booth 328.

Visit the conference’s website for more information:

Golder Associates at the 2015 Engineers Without Borders National Conference in Montréal (Québec, Canada), from January 16-18th 2015

Join Golder Associates at the 2015 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) national conference to explore this year's theme "Unite to Unlock". Connect with EWB members, partners, innovators, and social change agents and engage in thoughtful discussion of 5 global systems: Engineering Leaders for the 21st Century; Small and Growing Businesses that Deliver Social Value; Triple Bottom Line for Canadian Mining Companies; Adaptive Public Services and; Inclusive Food Systems.

Meet Jeanette Southwood, a Principal at Golder who leads the Global Sustainable Cities and Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector, as she represents Golder in The Engineering Change Lab. The focus of the Change Lab will be to understand the potential of the engineering profession in Canada.

Benoit Bourque, Shirley Fagnen and Isabelle Côté-Laurin, from Golder's Montréal office, will also represent Golder during the Pivot Challenge where they will conduct a workshop on GoldSET; a robust tool developed by Golder Associates as a holistic and cost effective way of optimizing project planning and design based on sustainability principles.

For more information on Golder's involvement at the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) National Conference contact:
Lisa MacKenzie,Client Sector Coordinator
Phone:+1 (905) 723 2727

For more information visit the EWB Conference website:


GoldSET Featured in EcoEra, an Italian Publication Focused on Environmental Issues

The article outlines the strategic approach followed by the Canadian Federal Government for the remediation of its contaminated sites. A multi-criteria decision analysis tool based on GoldSET was developed to guide the decision making process towards the implementation of appropriate remediation solutions, while accounting for sustainability considerations.

The full article (in Italian) can be found on the online version of the magazine at pages 26-29. Click here

Article / Site Remediation
GoldSET-Spatial to be showcased at AREMA 2014 in Chicago (September 28 - October)

Joins us at the Hilton Chicago September 28 - October 1 for the 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition. The annual conference of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) provides an excellent occasion to exchange ideas and learn more about the railroad industry.

During the event, visit Golder in Booth #100 to learn more about our GoldSET-Spatial Solutions for Routing and Siting projects.

For more information on AREMA 2014 click here

Workshop on New integrated design strategies to tackle remediation projects in Italy. Ferrara, Sept. 17th, 2014.

Golder Associates and the Embassy of Canada in Rome are pleased to organize a conference on Integrated Strategies for the Remediation and Renewal of Urban Brownfields during Remtech, Italy’s main exhibition on remediation technologies and contaminated sites.

The conference, which will be held on September 17th2014, stems from a study conducted by Golder together with the architecture firm TRA to investigate how an integrated design process can lead to advantages in the renewal of brownfields in a stagnant real estate market. The event will see the participation of both national and international lecturers coming from different fields, including Canadian and Italian authorities, experts on stakeholder engagement, representatives from the Oil&Gas sector and from environmental associations. During the three hour session lecturers will discuss about case studies and good practices trying to find common strategies and innovative solutions to integrate the individual expertise into a more holistic process.

For more information, send an e-mail to

GoldSET-Spatial to be presented at the International Pipeline Conference 2014 (IPC2014)

Members of the pipeline industry from around the world will gather in Calgary for the 10th International Pipeline Conference (September 29 - October 3, 2014). A presentation titled “A Spatial Multi-Criteria Analysis Process to Optimize and Better Defend the Pipeline Route Selection Process” will be presented at this prominent event. The presentation will discuss the GoldSET-Spatial methodology for optimizing routing of linear infrastructures by taking into consideration technical, economic, social and environmental considerations in the early stage of planning. A case study based on oil pipeline route selection performed by Golder with GoldSET-Spatial will be presented.

For more information on the IPC conference click here

GoldSET featured in Mining Review Africa, in an article by Laura Cornish, from Golder Associates.

The article entitled “Community partnerships: Key to sustainability in Africa”, addresses social issues related to mining operations, including community expectations, social licence to operate and how tools such as GoldSTAKE and GoldSET-Spatial can be leveraged to help achieve greater transparency and improve communication with communities.

The full article is available online at

Article / Mining
GoldSET to be presented at the 2014 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC)

A poster, entitled “Prioritization Methodology for Selection of Watershed Replenishment Programs”, based on an initiative conducted by a global beverage company, will be presented during the conference held in Napa, California, scheduled for March 23-27, 2014.


The poster will highlight the work undertaken by Golder in 2013 and 2014 to develop a prioritization methodology to select water replenishment projects in North America based on sustainability considerations, ensuring that the selected projects enhance environmental and socio-economic conditions in the regions where they are incepted.


This 44th edition of the FBEC will bring together environmental managers from food and beverage companies to discuss sustainable practices, environmental compliance, and new technologies and approaches. For more information on the Food & Beverage Environmental Conference click here

GoldSET in E&MJ - the Engineering and Mining Journal

GoldSET and its applicability to mining, and the tailings facility site selection process in particular, is featured in the new technology section of a special global business report by E&MJ, the Engineering and Mining Journal.

The report provides an extensive look at mining in Québec, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada.

As a technology tool, GoldSET can cover social responsibility and environmental aspects of a mining project.

“We mostly apply it to the tailings facility site selection process,” said Pierre Fréchette, principal and senior hydrogeologist at Golder, who further explains, “By law in Québec, you cannot simply choose the most convenient location for a tailings facility. You need to prove to the (regulatory) authorities that you have made the best possible compromise between economic efficiency and environmental factors.”

GoldSET is intended to assist our clients in analysing and reviewing the various options in the shortest time possible. It is an integral part of our goal of helping mining clients maintain their commitment to the environment while ensuring an economically viable project.

The article is available :


Review of the GoldSET Mining – Tailings Management modules

The Golder Tailings Design Practice Manual is currently being drafted in Australia, which will provide basic information, convenient guidance and a level of consistency in approach that Golder tailings engineers and support staff world-wide can refer to when helping our clients on their needs to design or run an audit on a tailings management facility.

The established GoldSET Mining – Tailings Management modules are being reviewed and updated as part of the manual. This will increase the robustness of the GoldSET modules for use by Golder in assessing and selecting potential site and/or technology options.

This update to the Mining – Tailings Management modules is a collaborative process, primarily being undertaken by Hugh Jones and Alice Greenhill in the Melbourne office. Hugh brings a wealth of knowledge to this update, having over 45 years of experience in the mining industry, initially as an exploration geologist in East Africa and Australia before specialising in environmental aspects of the industry in 1974. Alice has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Sustainability, which she has used as a platform in providing sustainability advice to and undertaking sustainability reviews for clients in various industries.

If you are interested in more information about the GoldSET Mining - Tailings Management modules, please contact:

Hugh Jones
+61 (3) 8862 3613

Alice Greenhill
+61 (3) 8862 3530




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A word from the GoldSET team.

"Our clients are quickly recognizing GoldSET's effectiveness in making good decisions about project alternatives. It's very exciting to support the GoldSET team in deveoping the tool and working on many different opportunities"

Jim Renner - Atlanta USA