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Guesswork vs. Science and Technology

Years ago, coal exploration wasn’t a scientific process.  Many times, soft coal seams would be washed away and lost during the core drilling process.  Marshall Miller, the founder of Marshall Miller and Associates, believed that practices being utilized in exploration to identify oil and gas reservoirs would also benefit coal exploration.  Subsequently, he invested in geophysical logging equipment to accurately measure the thickness of coal seams present in boreholes.  He also offered his services to companies pursuing unconventional sources of gas, including coalbed methane.  MM&A adapted computer technology to enhance methods of mapping and modeling coal seams and other mineral deposits.  As MM&A was quickly becoming one of the best known firms of its kind, it branched out to offer other services such as mining engineering and environmental services.  The days of hand drafting maps and analog technology are long gone.  MM&A staff takes a tremendous amount of pride in operating the latest computer programs, including Carlson based platforms, Vulcan, RockPlane, LaModel, SDPS, among others.  MM&A provides products to work clients in digital form, and offers cutting-edge technology such as its new drone services division. Read more...

Why Teamwork is Key to Successful Mine Planning and Design

Our Role in Successful Mine Planning and Design

Our mission at Marshall Miller & Associates is to provide a valuable, quality service to our clients – something that begins the moment we are hired.  We have the expertise necessary to participate in every aspect of a mining enterprise – from conducting feasibility studies, resource evaluation, developing schedules, forecasting costs, obtaining permits and complying with regulatory agencies.  MM&A is on your team every step of the way.

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MM&A’s Unmanned Drone Services Benefits

MMA’s drone services are unique in the sense that surveys are tailored to each client's specific requirements…….. from topographic mapping, aerial surveys to pit progress updates, drone mapping can create a more accurate illustration than conventional style surveys. Using senseFly eBee fixed-winged drones, MMA can capture high-resolution aerial photos that can be orthorectified and stitched together to form a high-resolution orthomosaic image of an area of interest.

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Hydrogeology and the Mining Lifecycle

To the layperson, “Hydrogeology” is defined as a branch of geology concerned with the occurrence, use, and functions of surface water and groundwater. At Marshall Miller & Associates, hydrogeology means much more than that. To gauge the environmental impact that a mining enterprise will have on water tables and supplies, we apply hydrogeology science, technology and best practices beginning at the planning phase to anticipate effects on water resources through the environmental reclamation phase of a mine’s closure.

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