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New General Manager for SRK Chile

SANTIAGO – MAY 24, 2016 – SRK Consulting has appointed Esteban Hormazabal as SRK Chile’s new general manager. Esteban takes over from Alejandro Palma who, with a team of other practice leaders, successfully ran the practice for 15 years and increased the staff count from around 25 to over 100.

During his 10 years with SRK, Esteban has headed the open pit and underground mining geotechnical team and worked on key projects in Russia, Mexico, and throughout South America.

“In my new role, I will continue to focus on assisting our mining clients through these tough times,” said Esteban. “We at SRK Chile recognise the importance of providing innovative ways of increasing efficiencies and decreasing costs by solving technical challenges and optimizing mine designs.”

As SRK’s oldest consulting practice in South America, SRK Chile has served as the lead coordinator for mining projects across the continent. Since the establishment of SRK offices in Peru, Argentina, and Brazil, collaboration between the different countries’ teams has added significant value to clients’ projects and resulted in mutually-beneficial knowledge sharing.

A mining engineer with a master’s degree, Esteban has 22 years of experience in rock mechanics and in geotechnical engineering and instrumentation. He is an expert in analysing and producing geomechanics designs for underground and surface excavations—including using 2D and 3D numerical modelling—and  in conducting stability analyses of open pit slopes, waste dumps, heap leach pads, and landfills.

Esteban has authored numerous publications and spoken at several national and international conferences. He is an assistant professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile and for the last three years has taught rock mechanics to final-year civil engineering students.

“Having received exceptional mentorship early in my career from world-renowned rock mechanics expert Dr. Antonio Karzulovic and again later from Dr. Alfredo Urzua, while working towards my master’s degree at Boston College in Massachusetts, I too now endeavour to provide young engineers with a solid rock mechanics base from which to serve the mining industry” said Esteban. “I’m delighted to take my turn in giving back to my profession.”

In managing the SRK Chile practice and providing specialized services to the region’s mining industry, Esteban is backed by an experienced team of practice leaders, including Beatriz Labarca (hydrogeology), Maria Inés Vidal (environment), Juan Pablo González (mining, resources and reserves), Marcela Curotto (geochemistry and mine closure), and Sergio Orellana (administration and finance).


SRK Consulting is an independent, international consulting practice that provides focused advice and solutions to clients, mainly in the earth and water resource industries. For mining projects, SRK offers services from exploration to mine closure, including feasibility studies, due diligence reviews, and production optimization.

Established in 1974, SRK now employs more than 1,400 professionals internationally in over 45 offices on 6 continents. 


Andrea Gordillo, Marketing Coordinator, Chile, SRK Consulting,




SRK Latin America