While we are connected through the digital world, our physical world is culturally diverse. Our team works to understand the cultural context of where we work while helping international clients achieve their goals.

Optimizing resource recovery while maximizing economic return for clients, RESPEC has significant experience in mine planning and permitting for both underground and surface-mining operations. Our professional team prepares life-of-mine, long-term, mid-range, and annual mine plans for operations around the world—from West Virginia to the Philippines to Finland.  RESPEC pays close attention to every detail to ensure that our clients' production and financial requirements are met.  Furthermore, we design mine plans with flexibility because we are particularly sensitive to potential commodity pricing volatility and its impact on an operation.

With a long history of assisting mining companies to obtain necessary permits, RESPEC is well-versed in local regulatory requirements in other countries, and we always integrate permitting requirements into the planning process.  RESPEC professionals possess significant operational experience in management and thoroughly understand the importance of equipment selection.

RESPEC has a proven track record of working with regulatory agencies as diverse as the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and state regulatory agencies to ensure that mine plans are optimized to minimize environmental impacts. Permitting tasks have also included preparing successful Environmental Impact Statements.


    • Geological Evaluation
    • Mine Planning and Design
    • Permit Applications
    • Alternative Solutions
    • Economic Feasibility Evaluation

Mine Planning & Permitting projects

Learn more about related projects where RESPEC has proven our expertise in this area.

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Alpha Natural Resources-Bonding

Reducing a bond obligation by $146 million through an innovative approach to pit backfilling.

Approximate Original Contour Policy

Developing Approximate Original Contour (AOC) and spoil minimization policies for the states of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Buffalo Coal Litigation

Evaluating the reclamation liabilities of Buffalo Coal Company and its future mining operations during bankruptcy proceedings.

Cemex Black Mountain Quarry

Preparing a geologic block model using Gemcon-Surpac software, pit plan, and detailed mine plan.

Cemex Limestone Quarry

Evaluating the feasibility of changing the extraction method from surface to underground mining at a limestone quarry.

Clanton Classic Stone

Providing business and engineering services to Clanton Classic Stone that aided in its development of an economically successful marble quarry in northwest Alabama.

Crater of Diamonds

Preparing a Request for Proposal for a feasibility study to solicit interest from mining companies to participate in mining of reserve construction management services.

Delbarton Mining

Evaluating the causes of loss of well water for West Virginia residents and providing evidence and testimony in a lawsuit.

Due  Diligence for Mining Merger

Performing due diligence for the potential purchase of divested assets related to a merger of mining companies.

Elk Ridge Mining and Reclamation Expansion

Providing project engineering and contractor management support for a planned expansion.

Hawaiian Cement

Evaluating the quarrying and processing at the Halawa Quarry.

Hilltop Dayton Property Evaluation

Developing a resource evaluation and mine plan for three sand-and-gravel operations.

Lappeenranta Finnsementti Resource Review

Evaluating ways to increase limestone supply from the Nordkalk Quarry to match demand at the recently expanded Finnsementti cement factory.

My Home Industries

Assisting CRH in the due-diligence review of the limestone quarries associated with a cement factory.

Parainen Finnsementti Resource Review

Assisting CRH in its review of the Nordkalk Quarry operations to improve long-term future planning.

Patriot Hobet 45 Mine Planning and Permitting

Assisted Patriot Coal in the analysis of a pending 404 permit.

Quarry Valuation for Hilltop Stone

Assisting Hilltop Stone in the due-diligence effort associated with evaluating a limestone mine acquisition in Pendleton County, Kentucky.

Quarry Valuation for Sterling Materials

Developing a detailed valuation of a Greenfield limestone mine.

Sylacauga Marble Quarry

Evaluating and reviewing the performance of a stone quarry while offering advice and mine planning services.

Underground Mine Development and Blast Study

Providing daily engineering and assistance to the development of a 1.3-million-ton-per-year underground limestone mine in northeastern Missouri.

Unsuitable Environmental Impact Statement

Preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a Lands Unsuitable Petition in Tennessee.
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Charlie Vandam
Director of Environment


John Morgan
Senior Vice President, Mining & Energy