Spectrum Engineering's Services

Mine Reclamation

Our expertise includes designing the reclamation for large coal mines that cover 20 to 30 square miles, large mines that have gone bankrupt and defaulted on their reclamation bonds, and several thousand small mines and exploration sites that were abandoned years ago, and are now being reclaimed as part of the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program.

Typical tasks on the individual small mines have included a historical records search, field inventory, GPS surveying, engineering data collection, land ownership, engineering closure designs, and bid package development. Often the engineering and ownership are imported into a GIS database using ArcMap. The landowner documentation requires plotting all patented mining claims and development of an ownership map, courthouse deed searches and title abstracting. Construction management would include conducting the pre-bid and pre-construction conferences, quantity accounting, preparing pay requests and change orders, photo documentation, construction surveying, and final project close-out.

Lapierre Mine. Breaking Frozen Ground
Reclamation has come a long way from the plow and plant era. Now land form, drainage pathways, acid-base accounting, as well as seed selection all have to be considered in the final reclamation designs.