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. The scope and breadth of our projects dictated that we expand our skills. 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.
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.
Recent Pioneer BLM Projects
October 20, 2015
Some recent projects Pioneer completed or is working on for the Bureau of Land Management.
- Silver King Mine Site, Montana – Characterization and Preliminary Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA).
- Arizona Fire Retardant – Alternative Analysis – prepare fire retardant rinsate collection and disposal alternative analysis for the Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) base located at Safford, Arizona.
- Nevada Mercury Sites – Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation (PA/SI) for the Jackson and Governor Mercury Mine and Retort Sites near Elko, Nevada.
- Nevada PRP Search – Birthday Mine, Bonnie Clair Mine, Cordero Mine, and Nevada Eagle Mine and Mill Site Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) search.
Presentation this Week: Is my house going to sink?
September 28, 2015
“Is My House Going to Sink?” Tim Ranf (Pioneer) and Bill Snoddy (Montana DEQ) will answer this question. Miles of former coal mine tunnels lie beneath the town of Red Lodge, MT at 8 different levels from 120-800 feet below ground surface, a result of extensive mining 100 years ago. The presentation describes Pioneer’s work to determine the condition of the tunnels and overlying bedrock and whether or not collapse of the mine tunnels could result in any appreciable ground surface settlement. When: NAAMLP conference, Sept 28-30, 2015, La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico (http://www.naamlp2015.com/)
Pioneer presenting at the 2015 NAAMLP Conference
September 10, 2015
Pioneer’s Tim Ranf will be speaking at the 37th Annual Conference National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs. The conference is September 28-30, 2015, at the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Pioneer Prequalified for Projects in Billings
August 3, 2015
Pioneer was recently prequalified to work on projects for the City of Billings, Montana, and for the Stillwater Conservation District.
Pioneer will provide services for new Montana Tech Building
July 7, 2015
Montana Tech’s newest building on campus will be the Natural Resources Research Center (NRRC). Pioneer will provide Materials Testing and Inspection on the new building. Go Diggers! More Information on the new building here and here
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
The Mike Horse Dam burst in 1975, spilling tons of toxic mine waste into the headwaters of the Blackfoot River in a disaster that marred the land and created an ecological wasteland. Now, decades later, Mike Horse is one of the state's most impor Read more »
Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex – Feasibility Study
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. For the 2013-2015 study, we combined 13 separate expo Read more »