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Lyall Workman

Vice President, Senior Mining Consultant

Lyall Workman at a client site

In the early 1990s Lyall Workman bought himself a good telescope to get a better view of the celestial world. “It’s a big universe out there,” he said. Indeed, there are lots of things to wonder about if you have the time. But therein lies the problem: “If you’re looking through the telescope at 3 a.m. and want to be at work by 8 a.m., that doesn’t always work out very well."  

Lyall can’t remember a time when he wasn’t working—or viewing the world from a mining perspective. The Barr senior mining consultant grew up in Canadian mining towns and worked a number of jobs in iron and coal mining, including mine manager. Before joining Barr, he spent 30 years running his own mine-consulting business. He initially obtained a degree in chemistry, but reconsidered while trying to imagine himself in a 12- x 15-foot lab. “I wanted a little more room to move around,” he said. That vision led to enrollment in Queens University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in mining engineering.
While he has consulted on all types of mining issues, Lyall's primary area of interest has been surface coal mining. He enjoys long-term projects on which he can work closely with his clients from planning through implementation. “The opportunity to relate to clients and remain active in the project for a longer period of time helps lead to success,” he said. A mining perspective, gained from his work in mining operations, also helps.

Lyall and his wife live in Bismarck, North Dakota. Eventually, he’d like to spend part of the year in a warmer climate. “I grew up in a cold climate; it’s no big shock,” he said. “But, I’m not sure I want to spend as much time in snow and cold as I have in the past.”
Wherever he travels, he’ll need a place with a big field and a clear sky to get the best possible view on a rare day off.