Laurel Kemper

NEWSLETTER: 35th Anniversary Edition

Laurel Kemper
NEWSLETTER: 35th Anniversary Edition
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Employee News

🎉 Karen Rose celebrates 25 years with ECSI
🎉 Kim Ferrero celebrates 15 years
🎉 Fred Eastridge celebrates 5 years
🎉 ECSI celebrates 35 years
🎉 Gabe Shepherd returns to ECSI. Gabe will lead ECSI’s Survey and Field Services efforts working from our Pikeville, KY office.
🎉 Andy Willis, Sr. VP was elected to the 2018 Board of Directors for the KY Coal Association.

 
 Kim Ferrero & Steve Gardner

Kim Ferrero & Steve Gardner

 Gabe Shepherd

Gabe Shepherd

 

Dr. Al Campoli Joins ECSI
ECSI is proud to announce and welcome Dr. Al Campoli, P.E. as Director of Mining and Energy Services working from our Lexington, Kentucky headquarters. He is also continuing as a Senior Consultant for Jennmar. Dr. Campoli has many years of experience as a U.S. Bureau of Mines researcher, Jennmar’s Vice President of Special Projects, Minova’s Business Development Manager, consulting engineer, mine foreman, and coal miner. He brings his network of contacts across the industry and worldwide experience to add to ECSI’s mining and engineering support teams.

Steve Gardner, President and CEO said “Al is one of the preeminent experts in rock mechanics and underground mining. His wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him a key addition to ECSI. I’m confident that Al will play a pivotal role in providing and implement high quality solutions for our clients.”

Business News

PITMAN GREEN, LLC
Pitman Green LLC partners, Brian Ferguson, Steve Gardner and Susan Shaw have purchased the former “Peoples Bank” Building on the Square in Greensburg, KY. Pitman Green is an affiliate of ECSI that provides engineering and surveying services. Brian Ferguson, Managing Partner, is elated for the opportunity to be able to own a historic building on the Square.

 
 

 

“As Green County natives, we believe giving back to the local community is as important as working in it. It is our mission to promote growth in our community while providing engineering and surveying services as a company you can trust” Brian said. “We hope to be here for generations to come and provide top notch services for the people here and the surrounding areas.”

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ECSI'S CLIENT DEVELOPS UNIQUE COAL WASTE-TO-HYDROCARBON PROCESS
Arq is a private energy company that has developed a novel process for producing a microfine hydrocarbon from coal waste. This abundant new energy source maximises yield from extracted material and is conditioned to create Arq Fuels™, products designed for either blending into liquid oil products or pelletizing and mixing with traditional coals. Arq’s prototype production plant in Corbin, Kentucky is currently under construction and will be operational later this year with products available to the market in early 2019. ECSI has been involved with the Corbin Site for over 20 years, which led to our working relationship with Arq.

NEW OWENSBORO OFFICE
ECSI has opened a new office in Owensboro, KY. Engineer Charlie Reeves is available at this location for any of your engineering needs.

OWENSBORO OFFICE CONTACT INFO
Charlie Reeves, P.E., VP Midwest Region
3520 New Hartford Rd. Suite 102, Owensboro, KY 42303
Office: (270) 240-5134 Cell: (270) 316-7838

Projects

ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX IN DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON
ECSI’s civil engineers are providing site design services for a new, high-profile downtown cinema and entertainment complex located at the corner of South Broadway and High Street in Lexington, Kentucky. The site is across the street from Rupp Arena and less than half a block from ECSI’s headquarters. 

Our work on the project includes coordination with the architectural team, topographic surveys, site grading and drainage design, site utility coordination and design, and permitting with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The proposed facility footprint covers the entire available property, creating challenges on accessible grades, drainage and utility relocations.

REDUCE SOARING COSTS FOR KPDES SAMPLING & ANALYSIS
ECSI recently worked with one of our clients in an effort to reduce soaring laboratory costs for sampling and analysis of outfalls as required by their KPDES permit. We took advantage of a KYGE4000 condition that allows a permittee to designate CRO’s (Compliance Representative Outfalls) for outfalls that produce “substantially identical” discharges. Twenty-eight general KPDES permits with 277 permitted outfalls were combined into one large consolidated permit. Our client saved in excess of $30,000 the first month the consolidated permit was active.

ECSI EXPANDS SERVICES TO AGGREGATES MARKET
Our team provides a full range of engineering, environmental and surveying services including stockpile and mine surveys and mapping using conventional equipment, GPS and drone technologies, mine engineering, litigation/expert witness and support, exploration and resource/reserve estimation, mineral appraisals as well as royalty evaluations,  outside-of-the-box resolutions to special/unique environmental issues, and underground services. Our personnel are MSHA trained and certified.

Regulatory Update

RECLAMATION ADVISORY MEMORANDUM 165 - SHADOW AREA
Shadow area is the surface area overlying underground mine workings. Kentucky House Bill (HB) 234, which became effective on June 29, 2017 removed the requirement to permit shadow area. The regulation became effective on January 17, 2018.

Key points include:

  • Underground mine and auger area boundaries are still required on the application maps and drawings.
  • Underground mine and auger area acreage are still required in the application forms; however they are no longer designated as permit acreage.
  • Surface owners must be listed for the permit areas and shadow area in Right of Entry section of the permit.
  • Mineral right of entry will not need to be provided for shadow areas associated with underground operations.

Community Outreach

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG & JENNIFER MYNEAR: DANCE BLUE RAISES $1.8 MILLION
DanceBlue is a UK student-run organization that fundraises year-round and culminates in a 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. All of the money raised through DanceBlue is donated to KY Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. DanceBlue was started in 2006 by Jennifer Mynear and Susannah Denomme and has raised $12.9 million since it began.

MISSION TRIP TO INDIA
Seth Mittle, Dir. of Business Development, traveled to Kolkata, India for volunteer mission work. His team trained native pastors and leaders as part of a partnership with his local church. Our team members are making a global impact!

The Year In Review

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