SHERPA Surface

Streamline cost estimation for surface mining projects

SHERPA Surface is a comprehensive application that merges the dataset of Mining Cost Service with industry standard engineering practices, empowering users to effortlessly generate reliable cost estimates in a fraction of the time. 

Mining Cost Service dataset encompasses equipment, utilities, labor, and more. It is updated annually and sourced directly from manufacturers, dealers, and mining companies, ensuring you always have the most reliable information available.  

The algorithm, which serves as the core of SHERPA, was developed by our engineering team over 30 years ago and has since been continuously improved based on client feedback and new engineering data collected by Costmine Intelligence. 

This enables quick estimates with minimal project details required. SHERPA Surface further enhances efficiency by providing suggested values for crucial engineering parameters such as powder factor, rock characteristics, types of explosives, bench heights, and more. Customize your data to calculate equipment parameters like price, horsepower, capacity, and transportation speed to optimize your mine project. 

Backed by a team of experienced engineers and analysts specializing in mining cost estimation, SHERPA Surface offers unparalleled expertise for your projects.   


Simply input basic information for your project, such as total mineable resources, pre-production stripping, different phase stripping ratios. Include engineering parameters related to specific site tasks, and SHERPA will immediately estimate and display details such as equipment and labor requirements, as well as associated operating costs and hourly wage estimates. .


Improve the accuracy of your estimates by taking advantage of SHERPA’s in-depth customization options. Every value suggested by SHERPA is adjustable, allowing you to fine tune your estimate to meet the exact specifications of your project. And because every field is adjustable, SHERPA will adapt to any location in the world. From start to finish, all costs displayed in the application can be adjusted at any time to get the most accurate results possible. 


Once you’ve completed the data entry on your project, SHERPA will generate a detailed report with all the capital and operating costs calculated and totaled. You can then save these results in an easy-to-read PDF format or excel that you can share with your team. 

Who is SHERPA Surface for?

SHERPA Surface is the ideal tool for cost estimators and engineers who need quick, reliable cost estimates for their surface mining projects. SHERPA Surface contains all the necessary data, models, and algorithms to ensure that your work adheres to highest standard of quality in the mining industry. 

Want to learn more about SHERPA Surface and how it can help you streamline your mining cost estimation process?

Request a demo with a member of our team to get a hands on tour of the SHERPA suite of mine cost estimation software.

Chris Berry

Vice-President Sales

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