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Stephen J. Taylor, P.E. - Global Water Experts. Phoenix, AZ, US

Stephen J. Taylor, P.E.

Principal Civil Engineer | Global Water Experts


Heavy Civil Design and Management Including Heap Leach and Tailings Facilities Analysis, Design and Construction



Mr. Taylor has managed the design and construction of large scale engineering projects in the US, South America and South Africa. He has 25 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the engineering, management and operation of industrial projects and operations. His mining industry experience includes the design and closure of tailing impoundments, heap leach facilities and waste stockpiles. He has designed and overseen construction of diversion channels, pump stations, pipelines and process facilities. Mr. Taylor has a strong background in performing and reviewing a range of engineering analyses, such as stabilities of structures, pipeline design and channel design. He has managed engineered systems risk assessments, which have included assessing more than 30 site-wide environmental and engineered risk studies.

Industry Expertise (5)

Civil Engineering

Environmental Services

Mining and Metals



Areas of Expertise (6)

Engineered Systems Risk Assessments

Closure Design & Construction for Leach Pads and Tailing Facilities

Large Dam Projects

Large Water Conveyance Projects

Heap Leach and Tailings Facility Analyses Design and Construction

Engineered Analyses for Structural Stability Stormwater and Flood Control Water Quality Conveyance and Channel Designl

Education (2)

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa: B.Sc., Civil Engineering 1984

University of Colorado: M.S., Applied Mathematics (Operations Research) 1997

Affiliations (1)

  • Society of Mining Engineering

Articles (4)

Optimizing the Siting and Grading of Leach Pads

Society of Mining Engineering

Presentation to the Society of Mining Engineering, Prescott, Arizona 1997.

Pilot-Scale Drum Agglomeration of an Oxide Ore with High Fines and Variable Moisture


Presentation by Sam Abbaszadeh, Nathan Haws, Maren Henley, Stephen Taylor, François Swanepoel, Ron Eichhorn. Infomine Paper for Leach Heap Conference, Vancouver 2013.

A Process Flow Sheet for an Oxide Gold Heap Leach Facility to Manage Clayey Ore and Limited Land Area

MWH Americas

Presentation by Nathan W. Haws, François Swanepoel, Stephen Taylor, Jason Weakley 2013.

Suite of Presentations


Suite of Presentations to the 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference hosted by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) in Prescott, Arizona: • Flooding, Erosion, Seepage and Treatment: Balancing Risk and Costs in Mine Closure Designs. (Stephen Taylor, Nathan Haws, Alexander Edstrom, Bill Kappel) • The NEXRAD Revolution: Scientific Basis for Updating the HMR-49 Statistical Storm Intensities and PMPs. (Stephen Taylor, Nathan Haws, Alexander Edstrom, Bill Kappel) • Probability and Risk Considerations in Sizing Mine Water Ponds. (Stephen Taylor, Nathan Haws, Alexander Edstrom, Bill Kappel) • A Comparison of Hydrologic Designs Using HMR-49 and 2013 ADWR NEXRAD Guidance. (Stephen Taylor, Nathan Haws, Alexander Edstrom, Bill Kappel)