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Marshall Miller & Associates Environmental Reclamation Process


Environmental reclamation (also known as land restoration) is a fixture of modern and responsible mining standards and practices. Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A) can implement land restoration operations in steps as a mining operation matures or do so all at once when mining operations cease. These steps include regrading and replanting, reestablishing and preserving water quality, and conserving soil removed from a site so it can be returned to the land. At all times, MM&A’s environmental reclamation standards remain faithful to federal and state laws and the ever-changing regulations that continue to challenge the mining industry over time. MM&A provides three primary services to guide our clients through the reclamation process.

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Marshall Miller and Associates Case Study: Definitive Feasibility Study for Greenfield Mining, Processing, and Transportation Operation

When undertaking a new mining venture, stakeholders understand that planning and constructing a professionally managed mine is a very time consuming and costly process.  After all, “time is money, ” and financiers know it will likely take years to realize a return on their capital investment.  At Marshall Miller and Associates, we are sensitive to this genuine concern and work the problems we face accordingly. Read more...

Marshall Miller & Associates: Geotechnical Services for the Mining Industry

Geotechnical Characterization of Rock

Marshall Miller & Associates conducts geotechnical assessments in all types of rock and soil environments utilizing proven data collection and rock material characterization techniques.  MM&A’s geotechnical team completes projects for the aggregate, coal, and hardrock mining industries, for both surface and underground mining applications, in locations throughout the United States and around the World.  All geotechnical projects begin with characterization of the geologic, geotechnical, and geohydrological setting of the subject area.  MM&A’s geotechnical project team completes all aspects of geotechnical projects, from planning and implementation of the data collection activities, to completion and presentation of the results. Read more...

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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Operational Assessments – Optimizing Production Output from Your Mining Investments

MM&A offers a team of operational experts to assess mining operations and develop plans to increase production in safe and effective manner.  We bring more than 25 years of operations experience in the mining industry.  Our professionals have experience in surface mining, underground mining, coal mining, hard rock mining, metal mining and non-metal mining. We assess operations from the active face to the market.  Our team of experts collaborate with existing mine management to develop plans for improvement that are based upon achievable goals.  We identify areas for operational improvement, assess equipment, scheduling, staffing, mining practices, ventilation, safety, and infrastructure.  Our operational experts collaborate with our geological staff to ensure mine plans accurately honor geological conditions.

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Marshall Miller & Associates’ Mining Engineers and Geologists Team Capabilities

Mining Engineering

Marshall Miller & Associates is home to a team of mining engineers and consulting specialists in an industry where expertise not only saves money and time, but also does much more to meet or exceed a client’s expectations and needs. As part of our performance process, MM&A tasks our staff of mining engineers – with extensive industry experience and many with graduate degrees from major universities – to first define the challenges you pose and then evaluate the results you hope to achieve. Once the feasibility and potential of a project is established, we deliver buildable mine design plans within a budget that stress safety, environmental concerns, cost control and optimized mine plans and production schedules.

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