Yaming Chen

Senior Hydrogeologist

Dr. Chen is a Senior Hydrogeologist with global experience in physical and contaminant hydrogeology including modelling. He has successfully delivered many large and complex projects for the mining and resources sectors.
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Burnaby, British Columbia
English, Mandarin

Understanding water quantity, quality, flow, and contamination processes is challenging and exciting work that changes with each site and situation.

Yaming specializes in physical and contaminant hydrogeology, bringing over 3 decades of experience across the Americas, Australia, Asia, and Africa. His expertise covers hydrogeology baseline studies, conceptual and numerical modelling, environmental impact assessment and permitting, groundwater contamination and remediation, groundwater resource and monitoring, surface and groundwater interactions, and expert reviews and audits.

Yaming is a highly skilled and recognized subject matter expert in groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling. He has completed numerous pre-feasibility and feasibility studies as well as environmental assessment and permitting applications for mining and resource development. His groundwater modelling work was included in British Columbia's Groundwater Modelling Guidelines.

Key projects that he delivered include KSM – the largest gold/copper mine project in Canada and Murray River – the deepest underground coal mine in British Columbia. He was the Lead Hydrogeologist and Modelling Specialist on both projects and his work was rigorously reviewed and approved by regulators.

Yaming is an approved Senior Hydrogeologist for the Ministry of Environment of the Government of British Columbia and the Department of Public Works and Government Services of the Federal Government of Canada and performs hydrogeological reviews and groundwater contamination assessment services.

Yaming’s articles include:

  • Yaming Chen, Leslie Smith and Roger Beckie. 2012. Modeling of Strategies for Performance Monitoring of Groundwater Contamination at Sites Underlain by Fractured Bedrock, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Volumes 134–135, Pages 37–53. DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.03.009.
  • Yaming Chen and Gerry Papini. 2022. Modeling of Dewatering & Depressurization of an Open Pit with Historic Underground Mine Workings. Perumin 35 International Conference, Peru.

Yaming has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from Lanzhou University in China, and a Ph.D. in Contaminant Hydrogeology & Modelling from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is also a Professional Geoscientist with the Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC) and has been involved with the EGBC as a geoscience committee member and geoscience experience assessment panel member since 2018.