• SPCC Site Inspections – Montana and North Dakota

    Pioneer completed Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) site inspections at 423 facilities in Montana and North Dakota within 37 days of the notice of award.
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  • McLaren Tailings Reclamation

    National Award Winning Project for Exemplary Engineering Achievement. The McLaren Tailings Site has contributed to acid mine drainage into the Butte Soda Creek, which leads to Yellowstone Park. Pioneer developed a corrective design to stabilize surrounding water sources and removed mine tailings.
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  • Musselshell River Floodplain Study

    Pioneer conducted a bathymetric survey, hydraulic structure assessment, and hydrologic analysis for the Musselshell River Floodplain Study.
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  • Granite Mountain Memorial (GMMA)

    GMMA is an icon representing Butte’s mining heritage. In 1917, one of the deadliest disasters in metal mining history occurred. Pioneer successfully completed Superfund remediation within the strict confines of an existing community, turning a previously unusable area into a viable community park. Learn More »

  • Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex

    The Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex (UBMC) encompasses 6 square miles of historic mining areas at the headwaters of the Blackfoot River. Pioneer developed a feasibility study of the mining complex.
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Welcome to Pioneer Technical Services, Inc.

Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. is an employee-owned full-service engineering and environmental services firm. Pioneer’s corporate office is located in Butte, Montana, with branch offices throughout the northwest. Pioneer was founded as an environmental science and engineering firm, and to this day that work remains our focus. Today, we are also a premier civil engineering, construction management, land surveying and materials testing firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions that enable our clients to build and maintain a competitive advantage. We specialize in remediation, abandoned mine land reclamation, water resource management,  municipal engineering, oil and gas industry services, mining industry services, and reuse and revitalization planning and design.

Pioneer provides our customers with start to finish support so they can confidently address their engineering needs. Our corporate strategy is to complete each project as quickly and efficiently as possible without compromising quality. This strategy results in a large percentage of return business, allowing employees to maintain productivity and minimize marketing-related overhead expense. As technology advances and our world changes, we stand ready to solve problems, meet deadlines, and deliver superior performance to all of our clients.

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Pioneer is part of some major projects in and around Montana

November 18, 2016

Proud to be part of Butte’s growth.

Around the State

  • Carroll College – An existing gymnasium in Helena, Montana, was retrofitted into a new Carroll College Chapel. For the effort, Pioneer completed a geotechnical investigation to explore subsurface conditions at the proposed construction area and provide information on soil and bedrock characteristics, groundwater conditions, soil bearing capacity, lateral loadings, and potential soil consolidation/swell properties. We also provided foundation design recommendations.
  • Phase I Aquifer evaluation for MDT – Pioneer is completing a Phase I aquifer evaluation of the Huson-East area along the frontage road between Frenchtown and Missoula, Montana. This will assist the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) meet their goal of improving existing roadway while ensuring the integrity of the nearby domestic wells.

Two Pioneer Projects on the Top 10 DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program Recommended Funding List

November 16, 2016

11/16/2016. The Pioneer team in Billings (Joel Kane and Chad Raisland) had two of their projects listed within the top 10 DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program funding recommendations. The Sweet Grass County Conservation District’s “Boe-Engle Ditch Diversion Infrastructure Improvements” ranked #7 and Stillwater County Conservation District’s “Yanzick/Brey-Riddle Ditches Irrigation System Improvements” ranked #10. Check the DNRC rankings or the Governor’s Executive budget.

Pioneer Work Featured at Conference

November 7, 2016

The Pioneer-designed Opportunity Ponds Superfund Cleanup project was featured at the October SAME DCHWS Conference (link).  Thanks to EPA,  BOR, and CDM for acknowledging our role in the project.

New PA/SI project

September 15, 2016

A new project for Pioneer this month. We will  develop a Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection (PA/SI) at a site in Nevada. The PA/SI will determine the presence and concentration of contaminants at the site. Our team will be sampling the site that contains heap leach pads, various ponds, and old buildings.  Our team will review and integrate existing information, identify data gaps, and collect additional data. This sampling will define the magnitude and extent of contamination and show whether the contamination is migrating from the site.

Pioneer Presenting at the NAAMLP Conference – Sept 25-28, 2016

August 23, 2016

Sponsoring and Presenting. At the NAAMLP Conference, Pioneer will present Subsidence Monitoring with a Survey Network: Comparison of Post Processing Techniques. Ground subsidence above abandoned mines poses a threat to the safety of surface infrastructure. A subsidence-monitoring network can sometimes quantify risks. Join Jeff Riedel as he highlights examples of various methods to increase the confidence of a subsidence-monitoring program. Join us Monday, September 26 at 2:30 (Subsidence and Geophysical Methods session).

Featured Projects

Musselshell River Floodplain Study Phase 1

The Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) contracted Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. (Pioneer) to conduct a bathymetric survey, hydraulic structure assessment, and hydrologic analysis for the Musselshell River Floodplain Study – Phase 1. Read more »

Copper Mountain Sports and Recreation Complex

Pioneer completed planning, design, and construction-phase engineering support for the Copper Mountain Sports and Recreation Complex, a new park facility that included approximately 1 mile of new pedestrian and bicycle trails. For the project, Pionee Read more »

Mike Horse Dam Geotechnical Work – Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex (UBMC)

2016 Update: The Montana Contractors’ Association presented an Environmental Excellence awards to this project. The UBMC Phase 2 project won the Special Recognition – Water Quality award. Read more »

Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex – Feasibility Study

2016 Update: The Montana Contractors’ Association presented an Environmental Excellence awards to this project. The UBMC Phase 2 project won the Special Recognition – Water Quality award. Read more »