From Mylar to map documents: GIS AML inventory for abandoned coal mine investigations

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Abstract

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR) addresses safety and environmental issues resulting from past coal mining. They design and contract reclamation projects to restore mined land to original contour, use or condition. Part of this process involves mining engineers responding to requests for funding to reclaim certain areas. The state will consider reclaiming these areas if past mining resulted in safety and environmental hazards to exist on the site. Mining engineers use outdated maps and cumbersome methods to investigate past mining history. The GIS AML inventory was designed to streamline the investigations process. By incorporating multiple layers of data related to the investigations process within ArcGIS, investigations can be performed in a more-timely and cost-effective manner. This article presents the design and utilisation of the GIS AML inventory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-59
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation

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