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Barry Carlson founded Forte Dynamics in July of 2017 as CEO/President when he saw an opportunity to bring unique solutions to the mining and heap leach industry by using diverse technical experience and an integrated approach to create designs and models, with the ultimate goal to optimize projects through every stage of the mining process. His extensive portfolio includes 36 years of professional experience in project management and project design for numerous mining projects and operations across the United States, including heap leach metallurgical analysis and recovery, heap leach modeling and water analyses, geotechnical design and analyses, site reclamation planning, and remedial action planning.

His areas of expertise include heap leach metallurgical analysis and process design, feasibility studies, mine closure and reclamation, geotechnical and civil engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, site characterization, well installation and monitoring, permitting and compliance, and construction quality assurance. Recently, Barry has pursued and successfully obtained 14 patents on his inventions related to a new composite structural material formulated to out-perform typical wood structures both in strength and longevity. Patents were obtained in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China and one international patent is pending.


Barry’s recent acknowledgements include optimizing the recovery of heap leach pads and process components, detailed heap leach process analyses, and dynamic systems water balances for heap leach operations in the United States and abroad. Barry’s experience includes management and interactions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and multiple state agencies, including Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Washington State Department of Health (WDOH), and UDOE for mining projects on federal and private lands in the United States. 

Barry Carlson

PE, P.Eng, QP

Barry Carlson


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