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Proud of our cutting-edge technology and modeling methodologies, RESPEC develops 3D earth models to support many of its clients in potash exploration, salt dome storage, and resources characterization.  Our service areas include environmental and groundwater modeling, geomechanical and mining engineering, and geothermal resource assessment and reservoir modeling. To facilitate storage cavern permitting and engineering, our professionals assess complex spatial relationships between existing caverns, dome edges and overhangs, caprock, internal shear zones, and new cavern sites. We help clients effectively prioritize drilling targets (from best to worst) with an unbiased, transparent methodology. To better suit future drilling operations, we use leading-edge interpolation techniques and predictive algorithms.

RESPEC uses many different platforms and software packages to offer clients tailored solutions to difficult spatial problems.  Our highly qualified, multidisciplinary experts interpret and integrate your disparate datasets into a consistent model.  RESPEC offers our clients unique and cost-effective solutions from coupling machine-learning algorithms to traditional geostatistical techniques, to 3D-printing physical representations for enhanced stakeholder communication.

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    • 3D Data Integration and Conceptual Modeling
    • 3D/4D Data Visualization
    • Geophysical Data Analysis
    • Resource Assessments and Due Diligence
    • Environmental Data Analysis
    • Geostatistical and Machine Learning Interpretation
    • 3D Conceptual Model Printing
  • RESPEC software capabilities include: 

    • Earth Volumetric Studios
    • Vulcan
    • Surpac
    • Kingdom
    • ArcGIS
    • MatLab

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3D Subsurface Geology Visualization in the Appalachian Basin

Synthesizing subsurface geology data to generate three-dimensional models to support the visualization of geology at underground mining operations, from the core hole to the region
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Buffalo Coal Litigation

Evaluating the reclamation liabilities of Buffalo Coal Company and its future mining operations during bankruptcy proceedings.
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Cavern Roof Stability for Natural-Gas Storage Caverns in Bedded Salt

Developing a design criterion to assess and prevent roof collapse in natural-gas storage caverns in bedded salt.
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Cemex Black Mountain Quarry

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

Evaluating the feasibility of changing the extraction method from surface to underground mining at a limestone quarry.
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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.
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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.
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Due  Diligence for Mining Merger

Performing due diligence for the potential purchase of divested assets related to a merger of mining companies.
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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Determining the feasibility of consolidating granite quarrying and processing facilities as part of an industry rationalization in the Ukraine.
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Evaluating Cement Plant Opportunities in Developing Countries

Preparing a Reserve Statement for constructing the Mamba Cement Company Ltd. in Tanzania.
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Geomechanical Evaluation of Brine Production Caverns in a Gulf Coast Salt Dome

Conducting a geomechanical investigation to determine if mining operations in closely spaced caverns could continue to be mined safely.
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Hilltop Dayton Property Evaluation

Developing a resource evaluation and mine plan for three sand-and-gravel operations.
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Historical Well Control for Salt Dome Structural Mapping

Geospatial well control for salt dome structural contour mapping.
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Interburden Thickness Evaluation

Developing multilevel mining solutions.
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Jurong Rock Storage Caverns

Performing various hydrological tests and modeling to provide support for an underground storage cavern facility.
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Lappeenranta Finnsementti Resource Review

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

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

Assisting CRH in its review of the Nordkalk Quarry operations to improve long-term future planning.
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Patriot Hobet 45 Mine Planning and Permitting

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

Estimating resources using geological models constructed from drillhole data.
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Quarry Valuation for Hilltop Stone

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

Developing a detailed valuation of a Greenfield limestone mine.
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Salt Damage Criterion Proof-of-Concept Research

Demonstrating the use of a new design criterion based on salt damage to determine the minimum gas pressure for storing natural gas in salt caverns.
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Salt Dome and Cavern Models

Developing three-dimensional models of salt domes to support valuation, permitting, location optimization, and subsidence estimations.
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Sylacauga Marble Quarry

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

Preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a Lands Unsuitable Petition in Tennessee.
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Zhuhai Rock Storage Caverns

Conducting hydrogeologic modeling and providing support for storage caverns in mountainous granite.
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RESPEC Acquires North Rim Exploration

By acquiring North Rim, RESPEC broadens its technical expertise in the mining and energy sectors, while expanding services to its Canadian client base.
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Our Experts

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Deliang Han, P.Geo
Project Geologist


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Matthew Minnick
Manager, Hydrogeology & Geothermal