The Next Endangered Species – Construction Aggregate Resources

In 1976, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) became law in California.  SMARA provides a carrot and a stick for mine operators, with promises to protect important mineral resources for future extraction, while also requiring greater regulatory oversight and enforcement.  Initially, SMARA's promised resource protection features were implemented through the addition of a team of geologists (>20) to the Division of Mines and Geology to map important resource areas, passing this information on to local land use agencies for incorporation in local land use plans.  However, as the regulatory function authorized by SMARA has flourished; the mineral resources conservation duties have not enjoyed similar attention.  From a meager beginning, the Division of Mine Reclamation now employs more than 30 full time professionals charged with implementing a highly technical law and regulations aimed at ensuring regular reporting, financial assurance adequacy, lead agency compliance, reclamation plan adequacy, and abandoned mine lands reclamation.  Yet the mineral resource conservation requirements are generally ignored by both lead agencies and the State agencies that should be protecting them for resource extraction. 

The Pros & Cons of UAV's vs. Airplanes for Aerial Mapping

In 1908, just five years after the Wright Brothers took their first flight, an Italian captain named Cesare Tardivo took the first aerial photographs from a plane for mapping purposes.  Since that time, fixed-wing airplanes have become the primary method of capturing aerial photography.  With the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), alternative methods of capturing aerial photographs and topographic mapping have emerged.

An Alternative Source for Construction Aggregates

Construction aggregates are among the most basic of economic drivers.  Aggregates are the second most commonly consumed commodity by modern society; only water is more important to our way of life.  These commodities are responsible for building and maintaining our modern infrastructure including roads, building foundations, hospitals, bridges, pipelines, office buildings, schools and the like.  Without construction aggregates, our communities would quickly become decadent eye sores and all commerce would cease.  

What Trump's Proposed Wall Means for the Construction Aggregates Industry

With the presidential election campaign season is in full swing, the experts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. decided to publish a report analyzing the economic benefactors of the Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Putting UAV Stockpile Analysis to the Test

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are quickly becoming a necessary tool used to gather data on stockpiles and terrain for the mining industry.  

In the February 2014 article, “Putting Stock in Your Survey,” published in Geoconnexion International Magazine, a United Kingdom-based media outlet covering geotechnology industries, compares the use of UAVs to more traditional Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) for stockpile evaluations.

EnviroMINE Supports Project Cornerstone's Education and Outreach Programs

On Friday, July 15, 2016, EnviroMINE, Inc. sponsored the Project Cornerstone Third Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA.  

Project Cornerstone's programs introduce students to the construction aggregates industry by incorporating hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into classroom activities and fieldtrips.  The organization works with local high school Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to ensure the aggregates industry is included in their curriculum.  They also provide informational presentations to local associations, community clubs, and planning groups.