Clients can hire us for projects in civil, mining, and surveying projects, where we establish a problem, a solution, and then see that solution through to completion. We are proud of every job we accomplish. The following projects are those we believe demonstrate some of our greatest strengths and some of our most unique projects.
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Southland Royalty Company purchased an oil and gas asset in Southern Wyoming and required well plats and permits and drilling pads designed on a tight timeline in order to stay ahead of their drilling schedule. WWC surveyors and engineers from multiple offices coordinated and worked together to meet the Southland's needs according to their timeline. WWC tracked the project closely and collaborated with the Southland team daily to provide project tracking information, and to mobilize crews as the scope changed often as dictated by the client’s drill-schedule and priority. To maximize efficiency, WWC used a drone to collect topographic data for the well pad and road designs. The use of the drone allowed the collection of larger data sets than that of conventional land-surveying methods. This increased design flexibility, as plans often had to be changed on the fly due to environmental constraints. The use of the drone provided significantly larger design windows, thus allowing Southland to request design changes and pad relocation without additional surveying efforts. Use of the drone to collect topo data allowed for quick modifications to pad and road designs. locations without additional surveying fieldwork because the drone allowed the collection of blanket topographic surveys, saving time and money.
WYDOT needed the Snake River channel surveyed primarily for scour analysis relating to the upcoming bridge project. WWC and WYDOT worked collaboratively to develop the surveying techniques to be used at the site. The techniques included sonar to survey the channel bottom. WWC collected data using a sonar attached to both remote control boats and a kayak. The river channel was also measured using conventional and GPS survey equipment. The outcome was a detailed map of the channel bottom.
For the City of Casper, the problem was the reconstruction of a long-neglected urban corridor in need of streetscape enhancements and spur future redevelopment of the Old Yellowstone District. WWC determined design elements be staked and coordinated with the contractor in order to provide them with the guidance needed for construction. Completion of the project was instrumental in advancing the development of adjacent properties and renewed interest in the area.
In order to move forward with development of its private coal resource in Sheridan County Wyoming, RAMACO required a land use change from Sheridan County for property it owned. WWC met with RAMACO and RAMACO’s legal counsel to discuss the regulatory process, public outreach, and legal challenges surrounding this change. WWC and RAMACO’S legal counsel partnered to prepare the necessary regulatory text, tables, and exhibits, each relying on their individual strengths to prepare the document. This team also shared in the public outreach responsibilities that included contacting stakeholders in their respective professions. The result was a successful land use change for RAMACO approved by the Sheridan County Commission. This was a pivot point for the client and meant the continuation of their coal development.
Strata Energy approached WWC regarding greenfield permitting of an in-situ uranium project through multiple state and federal processes. Strata required turn-key permitting services from the initial baseline data collection through execution of construction and uranium recovery operations. WWC evaluated state and federal guidelines for licensing an in-situ uranium project, developed a schedule to establish baseline, mining and reclamation plans, along with a host of other plans necessary for the multitude of permits required to conduct in-situ uranium mining. The schedule met Strata’s expectations upon which WWC executed the plans through eventual submittal of five significant permit applications (WDEQ-LQD Permit to Mine, WDEQ-AQD New Source Permit, WDEQ-WQD Class I UIC Permit and US NRC Source and Byproduct Materials License, US DOI-BLM Plan of Operations). The recovery operation has been operating since December 2015 and WWC had remained continually involved in both regulatory compliance and engineering capacities.
In 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Montana ruled that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) violations had occurred associated with the U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management 2012 approval of Spring Creek Mine’s federal mining plan modification. As part of the NEPA process for the federal mining plan modification approval, an environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate the direct and indirect environmental effects of the SCM federal mining plan modification request. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) had prepared this EA in conjunction with the SCM. The Court required correction of the NEPA violations by preparing an updated EA that reevaluated the direct and indirect environmental effects of the SCM federal mining plan amendment and ordered OSMRE to complete the updated EA within 240 days of the Court’s decision. The coal included in the federal mining plan revision was being mined and was vital to the SCM and the 240-day completion period, which was a relatively short time for the completion of the reevaluation. WWC, SCM, and OSMRE personnel partnered to prepare the document, including text, tables, and maps. The team determined that building on the 2012 EA would be the best approach, in that the required information could be integrated into the revised EA without compromising the schedule. The result was a success, the EA was completed, and the court order was vacated. SCM could continue mining according to the reapproved federal mining plan.
Snowy Mountain Development Corporation (SMDC) is a non-profit organization with a board of directors representing both the government and the public at large. Its focus is community and economic development, including feasibility studies, planning grants, infrastructure projects, job creation, job retention, workforce training, business technical assistance (including business start-up, business plans, gap financing) and more. WWC determined the level of environmental health at sites to determine a path forward for cleanup and redevelopment. The project assessments and cleanups would help towards redevelopment of communities and incrementally improve the economies of the communities and region. WWC collaborated with SMDC to determine a preferred cleanup alternative or option that best served the needs of the community while achieving cleanup goals. WWC’s assistance helped support the mission of SMDC and the EPA to improve communities.
The problem was that a lined disposal pond had a damaged liner. Process water was exiting the liner and contaminating soils and groundwater. WWC guided the client through the process of regulatory compliance for environmental reporting and cleanup. WWC and the client chose to excavate contaminated soils to the maximum possible extent. Excavated soils were hauled to a nearby disposal facility. WWC directed excavation to minimize excavation of soils clean enough to remain in place. The result was that the regulatory agency required the installation of groundwater monitor wells to sample water and measure contaminant levels. Ongoing monitoring has shown that by removing the highly contaminated soils, groundwater contamination is below cleanup levels, indicating that further remediation will likely not be necessary.
Sundance Apartments Helena, LLC presented to WWC the issue of the development of a 10-acre site outside of the City limits of Helena, MT with a 216-unit apartment complex. The site was constrained by access to the east, utility easements running through the property, the desire of high-density development, and lack of area for stormwater detention and treatment. WWC met with the client and the City of Helena jointly to determine the permitting process for annexation, zoning, and site design in order to complete the project on the client’s timeframe and budget. The most unique aspect of the project was the lack of space for typical stormwater detention ponds to treat stormwater onsite. This required the use of underground stormwater detention areas with pre-treatment structures under the driving and parking areas in order to allow for high-density development. This was the first project utilizing a large underground stormwater detention approved by the City of Helena. The result was successful annexation and zoning of the property in order to develop the project utilizing City of Helena water and sewer services and an innovative stormwater detention and treatment system.
For Yellowstone County and MetraPark, the problem was that infrastructure on the 165+ acre property had never been extensively mapped or assessed over its 90+ year history. As the infrastructure, including surfacing and utilities, is of varying ages and owners, the Client wished to determine an improvement plan and priority ranking for future projects. WWC realized that a stepwise approach to data collection was necessary to incorporate evidence of infrastructure identified in the field survey as well as empirical knowledge of infrastructure operations from Yellowstone County and MetraPark staff. Following data collection, WWC developed an objective approach to determining the current condition of infrastructure, to provide an unbiased assessment. WWC chose this approach to ensure that the maximum amount of information on existing infrastructure was collected during mapping activities and that the condition assessment was conducted to eliminate subjectivity that would decrease repeatability at a future time.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in coordination with the private landowner and irrigator who own and operate the lands and ditch affected by the project, studied fish entrainment in Harmony Ditch during the 2006 and 2007 irrigation seasons. WGFD estimated Harmony Ditch entrained 55,415 fish in 2007. From a landowner’s perspective, the problem was achieving the irrigation goals of the operation, without being detrimentally affected by the screening and passage goals of WGFD. WWC proposed a two-phase, irrigation-friendly design was initiated. Phase I was to install the screening facility, and the second phase was to install a natural channel design grade control. WWC partnered with an expert in fish passage and screening, One Fish Engineering, and later with a natural channel design firm, 5 Smooth Stones to successfully complete the project.
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WWC Engineering provided hydrologic monitoring services to Strata Energy including monitoring well siting, installation and monitoring (quarterly). WWC developed monitoring plans for private wells within and up to 3 miles from the Project.
WWC Engineering (WWC) was contracted by United States Bakery/Franz Family of Bakeries (the Bakery) to assist in developing a stormwater mitigation plan to address flooding issues that were being experienced at the Bakery property in Billings, Montana. The Bakery wished to tie their stormwater management system into the City of Billings storm drain collector piping that was recently installed adjacent to their property. WWC guided the Bakery through the City of Billings stormwater requirements for allowance to tie into the City storm drain.
WWC re-platted properties to develop 55 patio home sites to meet City of Billings and Heights Water requirements for water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, and access. This property was also immediately adjacent to the Billings Bench Water Association (BBWA) main canal which was the ultimate location for stormwater drainage. Completion of the project required negotiation between City of Billings Fire Department and Heights Water in addition to negotiations with the BBWA to prohibit erosion of their banks due to stormwater discharges. Stormwater design for the project focused on risks associated with potential breaching of on-site ponds and discharge to the BBWA, additionally, site groundwater was near surface which limited pond volume vertically.
WWC evaluated the existing water rights for approximately 900 acres of Apache Foundation and Ucross Land Company properties and corrected any discrepancies found between the record data and the actual use of water. The results of the evaluation revealed the need for various petitions to change the point of diversion, means of conveyance, place of use and type of use of numerous water rights. Three petitions to the Wyoming Board of Control and two petitions to the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office (WSEO) were prepared to bring the systems into compliance. WWC prepared and administered petitions of consent on behalf of 19 affected landowners, and all 5 petitions were approved in just over 1 year.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) manages the Riverton, Wyoming Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Site on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Due to shallow groundwater contamination from the historical milling operations, DOE funded construction of the Alternate Water Supply System to provide safe water to residents within the institutional control boundary. WWC was contracted by the DOE’s Legacy Management contractor, Navarro, to assess the condition of the water system and make recommendations for improvements, including:
The Tongue River Middle School parking area consisted of a long, narrow asphalt parking lot between the middle school and district office. This caused a “frontage road” effect in which vehicles would travel at excessive speeds between the two buildings. The parking lot was also in poor condition with cracking, rutting and spalling throughout. WWC designed a new concrete parking lot to accommodate parking requirements for the middle school while eliminating asphalt surfacing between the school and district office. In addition, improvements to the bus loop were performed as well as incorporating a recycled asphalt pavement event parking area with 70 additional parking spaces to handle overflow parking during school events. The event parking lot also accommodates additional parking demand for the adjacent Tongue River Elementary School.
Sheridan's Main Street was shown signs of deterioration. Geotechnical drilling revealed that the pavement deterioration was only on the surface. The Wyoming Department of Transportation decided a rehabilitation project, replacing only the sidewalk, traffic signalization and curb and gutter in their entirety was necessary. These improvements to Main Street and the downtown area contributed to the City of Sheridan being awarded the American Planning Association’s 2008 National “Great Neighborhood” Award for being one of America’s “10 Great Neighborhoods.”
WWC prepared construction specifications and necessary reports to meet environmental compliance during construction of stormwater utilities through a tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) orphan plume. WWC arranged for proper offsite disposal of PCE- and TCE-contaminated groundwater and soils. WWC also included provisions in the specifications to require the contractor to maintain OSHA compliance for safe trenching activities, as the contaminated soils and groundwater caused vapors to accumulate in open trenches.
Dick Anderson Construction was the general contractor selected by the Owner to provide construction services for the Stillwater Wind Project; an 80 MW producing facility requiring 12 miles of road construction, 1,240 tons of rebar, consisting of 31 turbines. To comply with the Owner’s, manufacturers, and regulatory agency requirements, Dick Anderson Construction selected WWC Engineering to assist in the preparation of design drawings and analysis of project components, including potential floodplain impacts, SPCC, and turbine component mobilization to the Site.