POTESTA helps clients evaluate and plan projects by completing the following types of preliminary investigations and analyses:
Once the project has been determined feasible, POTESTA's design professionals complete preliminary and final designs. Our design services include:
POTESTA offers experienced environmental engineers and scientists to prepare applications for various environmental permits that may be required. These services include:
POTESTA routinely provides professional services throughout construction of our projects. These services include survey layout, construction management, construction monitoring, record drawing preparation, and bid evaluation assistance.
POTESTA's staff of professionals assists clients in the systematic evaluation of coal supply opportunities and the successful implementation of signed agreements. Our qualified personnel can assist you with:
Due Diligence Regarding Potential Supply Agreements
POTESTA personnel are experienced in evaluating various aspects of a company's operations to determine the ability to perform under an existing or proposed contract. This evaluation includes a review of existing commitments, equipment requirements, operating personnel, financial stability, and the company's ability to make necessary adjustments to include your contract in their production portfolio. Longer term agreements, property leases and required mining and operating permits are evaluated to determine if a company has the regulatory approvals necessary to complete the proposed obligation.
Force Majeure Claims and Contract Disputes
Particularly in tight market conditions, contractual disputes and force majeure claims arise that may threaten coal shipments. POTESTA personnel have the experience and knowledge to quickly and competently assess the situation and offer suggestions to resolve a dispute so that shipments can be resumed on a timely basis.
Developing and Negotiating Supply and Transportation Agreements
Our experience in deep and surface mining operations and our extensive knowledge of the coalfields gives POTESTA clients an advantage when negotiating supply and transportation agreements with either new or existing coal suppliers. Nuances unique to individual operations can be included in contracts that may enhance not only the supplier's ability to perform but to offer comfort that coal can be shipped and received when required.
Evaluations Of and Effects of Regulatory Issues Impacting The Coal Industry
Critical changes in statutes and rules that impact the ability of mining companies to produce coal are occurring at an accelerated rate on both the state and federal levels. POTESTA personnel are experienced in all fields of environmental permitting and can routinely assess and make predictions of the impacts of changing statutes and rules and how they may affect the ability of a mining company to continue production or how their production plans may be affected by the changes.
POTESTA's multidisciplinary staff offers many related services, including:
The Potesta & Associates,Inc. (POTESTA) computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) department provides state-of-the-art design and drafting services for in-house engineering and environmental consulting projects. We also provide personnel to clients who have a temporary need for additional drafting manpower. These services may be performed at your location or our office as required.
The CADD department utilizes the latest drafting/design software and computer hardware to maintain productivity at the high levels that clients demand and expect. We utilize the latest version in AutoCAD Civil 3D civil/survey design software to prepare, revise, and manipulate drawings and engineering data efficiently. Drawings and figures are produced using a Hewlett Packard 4000 and 5500 color ink jet plotters. POTESTA's experienced and trained professionals allow clients’ projects and assignments to be completed rapidly and at reasonable cost.
Our CADD services include:
POTESTA provides construction monitoring and construction management services to assist clients in achieving regulatory and contractual compliance, to document that contractor activities are in compliance with design requirements, and to serve as an extension of clients' staff. POTESTA can provide full-time or part-time field services utilizing one or more engineers or technicians. Our typical involvement in projects includes:
POTESTA's engineers and geologists have extensive experience related to the geotechnical engineering and geological disciplines. These areas include:
POTESTA's usual procedure is to attend an initial meeting with the client to establish requirements and expectations, conduct a preliminary site reconnaissance, and develop a recommended exploration program for your review and approval. Supplemental information from the local area is then obtained from readily available sources to assist the engineer or geologist in making final recommendations.
POTESTA can provide field engineers and geologists who are knowledgeable using the latest technologies to assist in collecting and analyzing samples. Our knowledge of the proper procedures and familiarity with local conditions allows office and field personnel to adjust the investigative plan if unanticipated field conditions are found.
Our staff is familiar with the following items which can be associated with subsurface exploration:
Slope stability is often a major concern during the design and construction phases of many projects, especially those located in the Appalachian terrain. POTESTA's engineers are familiar with the various methods utilized to predict slope stability and are capable of performing the related analyses. Slope stability is critical for many projects such as analysis of existing or proposed soil embankments, rock fills, dam analysis and design, landfill design and operation, estimating the causation of slope failure, and designing remedial measures. Analyses can involve circular or sliding block methods, interface friction angles, and estimation of the strength parameters of the soil or rock. Slope stability analyses are performed on one of the most technologically advanced computer programs available and can be modified using site specific data.
POTESTA's engineers can also develop preventive measures during initial project design or recommendations to repair slope failures. Based upon the project circumstances, our engineers will consider various remedial measures such as regrading the site to obtain more suitable conditions, management of groundwater, and design of retaining structures. Our staff is familiar with a wide variety of retaining structures, including gabion baskets, soldier beam and lagging walls, sheet piles, reinforced concrete and reinforced earth slopes.
FOUNDATION DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS
POTESTA's staff has experience with various types of foundations and will recommend the appropriate type of foundation given the anticipated application and site conditions. The different types of foundations with which our staff is familiar are spread and strip footings, steel piles, auger-cast concrete piles, drilled piers, and reinforced mats.
Preliminary foundation design recommendations and cost analyses are commonly performed during the initial phases of a project to assist in determining project feasibility. As project planning progresses, the preliminary alternatives will be revised into a final recommendation which can then be incorporated into the project's construction documents or developed as an independent package for presentation to the contractor.
The final recommendation can include construction drawings, technical specifications, recommendations for allowable bearing capacity, engineer's construction cost estimate, and contractor's bid sheet.
Geospatial information is the key component that facilitates the mapping, integration, and analysis of datasets. This information allows the client to solve problems and make sound business decisions by looking at data in ways that is quickly understood and easily shared. POTESTA regularly utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support many of our projects. Our GIS specialists work creatively and efficiently with Project Managers to resolve project challenges through highly effective GIS applications.
POTESTA uses commercially available GIS software to provide working solutions for our clients.
POTESTA services for GIS include:
The following are examples of how POTESTA can provide the client with useful GIS applications.
The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) is an efficient method of locating and mapping environmental resources. POTESTA field staff routinely use GPS to locate wetlands and streams, project areas, and other natural resources. Our GIS specialists incorporate this site-specific information into ArcGIS and generate professional, customized maps for displaying the spatial arrangement of the resources.
The development of accurate, functional, and professional maps is a critical step in distributing project information to landowners, regulatory agencies, project engineers and other project stakeholders. The high-quality maps POTESTA produces can provide a clear visual impression of zoning and parcel data, infrastructure, natural resources and physical features.
Accurate and current floodplain maps can be the most valuable tool to prevent social and economic losses from floods and the key to better floodplain management. GIS-based floodplain mapping is useful in capturing a vast amount of information such as elevation, parcels, contours, topography, water bodies and floodplain classes. This information is vital to initiate disaster plans and remedial efforts.
Our engineers have extensive experience in the application of hydrology and hydraulic principles to the design of real world systems. These applications include:
To complete these types of applications, our engineers, scientists, and surveyors work jointly to develop an effective and economical solution to your situation. Their analyses use widely accepted computer models.
POTESTA typically uses the following computer modeling programs:
We have provided these services to a wide variety of public and private sector clients. Our staff not only understands the technical details, but is very experienced in working with the various state, federal, and local regulatory agencies. We know the level of detail they require and can obtain the necessary approvals in a timely manner.
POTESTA has extensive experience with the design and permitting of a wide variety of solid waste management facilities. Members of our staff have experience with facilities in West Virginia and many surrounding states. These include municipal solid waste landfills and transfer stations; industrial waste landfills; hazardous waste landfills and other transfer, disposal and storage (TSD) facilities; coal combustion by-product (e.g., fly ash) landfills; coal refuse disposal areas; and construction demolition and debris landfills. We also have experience with bioremediation, resource recovery, composting, sludge handling and recycling facilities.
Our diverse and experienced staff includes professional civil, geotechnical, environmental, mining and chemical engineers; geologists; hydrogeologists; biologists; economists; CADD designers; surveyors; and field technicians.
Each project is evaluated prior to commencing work to determine the disciplines and qualifications that will be required. A team is then developed from our staff to meet your goals and needs. Our extensive solid waste management services are detailed below:
If you are contemplating construction of a new landfill, expansion of your existing landfill, closure of a cell, have a potential solid waste problem, or are turning your landfill into an integrated solid waste management facility, please allow us the opportunity to meet with you.
With our diverse group of experienced scientists and engineers, POTESTA can provide advice to clients and/or their legal counsel on technical positions and, when necessary, support those positions in formal or informal proceedings with local, state or federal agencies. We can provide litigation support in the following areas:
If it should become necessary, our experts can offer testimony on your behalf in formal or informal proceedings. Our team can provide expert testimony on a broad range of environmental and engineering topics, including:
POTESTA offers a broad range of engineering and environmental consulting services to support clients developing wells in the Marcellus Shale formation. We can provide assistance for every phase of the project. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to offer complete turnkey services for successful project development. POTESTA has the experience and knowledge in the oil and gas industry and the regulatory relationships to provide timely, cost effective solutions.
POTESTA services for Marcellus Shale natural gas development include:
Marcellus Shale is sure to play a large part in meeting our nation's energy needs. Our technical team of scientists and engineers are ready to help our clients in meeting the challenges of developing our natural resources. POTESTA is currently serving several gas transmission and production companies in the Marcellus Shale Play.
POTESTA staff of engineers, hydrogeologists, biologists, soil scientists, environmental specialists, surveyors and CADD operators is available to perform a wide variety of services for the mining industry. In order to do so, we can work at our office or in your office as an extension of your staff. Communication between you and our project team is very critical. Providing the correct product at your required detail is paramount.
POTESTA provides a full range of engineering and consulting services to the mining industry. Some of the services are as follows:
POTESTA's staff members belong to the Kanawha Mining Institute, West Virginia Coal Association, Kentucky Coal Association, and groups that meet periodically to discuss technical, regulatory, environmental and other mining-related issues. Knowledge of potential changes in policies, regulations, etc. is vital to keep coal companies informed and your projects on the forefront of a constantly moving regulatory system.
Our staff's diversity and personal coal industry experience enable us to serve the mining industry in all phases of your projects, from design to permitting. We understand that cost-effective designs and responsiveness are of utmost importance in order to complete your projects.
POTESTA has extensive experience in providing regulatory mixing zone analysis, as well as design and construction phase services for outfalls and diffusers. POTESTA can assist in every phase of the project from the data collection, modeling and conceptual design through final design, permitting, bidding, construction, and post-construction sampling and verification. Our projects proceed in an expedited manner to allow for compliance with permit deadlines.
POTESTA's technical capabilities include:
For clients that need support in developing or producing oil and natural gas assets, POTESTA offers broad, in-depth experience and expertise in engineering and environmental consulting services. We have assisted numerous clients ranging from local independent producers to large natural gas interstate transportation companies for drilling and producing both traditional formations as well as the Marcellus Shale. We can help your company in areas such as civil/site design of existing or new facilities, evaluation of upstream assets, permit applications, surveying, remediation, environmental assessments, and permitting.
POTESTA oil and natural gas services include the following:
Roadway engineering and design to develop construction and right-of-way plans requires a wide range of expertise and a complete and thorough knowledge of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) standards, specifications and approval process. Potesta & Associates, Inc. (POTESTA) offers extensive expertise in civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering; hydrology; and hydraulic design. POTESTA has provided numerous roadway designs for WVDOH projects, access roadways for industrial parks, educational institutions, commercial businesses and residential developments, as well as new roadways, relocation and modifications of existing roadways to widen or incorporate turning lanes and other improvements. POTESTA's geotechnical engineers have provided subsurface investigations and recommendations required for highway design for in-house projects, as subconsultant to other engineering firms and directly to the WVDOH.
POTESTA's in-house engineering, environmental and surveying staff is capable of providing a full range of services required for highway and roadway engineering and design. These services include:
POTESTA has a significant body of work in site design for residential, commercial and industrial clients. Projects range from power plant siting to subdivision design. We have assisted numerous developers and development agencies with the creation of business industrial parks throughout West Virginia, and have been part of design teams for elementary, secondary and collegiate projects primarily associated with new building construction.
Our staff of civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineers; surveyors and environmental scientists can provide the following site planning and design services.
Some clients who have used our site design services include:
The Federal Oil Pollution Prevention regulations (40 CFR Part 112) include requirements to prevent discharges of oil from reaching navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. As a consequence, the EPA requires that certain facilities prepare, amend and implement Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. If a facility has a total aggregate aboveground storage capacity exceeding 1,320 gallons of oil or oil-based products (for containers of 55 gallons and greater) or underground storage capacity exceeding 42,000 gallons of oil or oil-based product, it is subject to SPCC regulations. Unlike oil spill contingency plans that typically address spill cleanup measures after a spill has occurred, SPCC Plans ensure that facilities put in place containment and other countermeasures that would prevent oil spills that could reach navigable waters. Owners or operators of facilities that drill, produce, gather, store, process, refine, transfer, distribute or consume oil or oil products are subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule.
The SPCC regulations define "Oil means oil of any kind or in any form, including, but not limited to: fats, oils, or greases of animal, fish, marine, mammal origin; vegetable oils, including oils for seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels; and other oils and grease, including petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, synthetic oils, mineral oils, oil refuse or oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil."
A written, certified copy of an SPCC Plan is required to be maintained on site. POTESTA offers broad, in-depth experience and expertise to support clients in complying with these regulations. Our engineering staff, including Registered Professional Engineers, can assist with developing or amending your SPCC Plan. POTESTA can review and certify your self‑developed plan, amend your plan to meet the new requirements or prepare a new plan for you. The regulations require that a Registered Professional Engineer certify that the SPCC Plan has been prepared in accordance with "good engineering practice, including applicable industrial standards."
POTESTA has assisted numerous clients in evaluating their facilities and preparation and certification of SPCC plans. Clients include small commercial businesses, large industrial and chemical complexes, bulk storage facilities, oil and natural gas production companies, natural gas interstate transportation and storage facilities and mining and timbering operations.
Elements of the SPCC Plan are to include:
Our surveyors are experienced in many aspects of surveying such as topographic mapping, boundary surveys (rural/farms, city lots, and subdivisions), ALTA surveys, control surveys, flood certificate surveys, well location surveys, construction surveys for layout of work, record drawings, and quantity measurements. Related areas include courthouse research, preparation of right-of-way plans, and verification of property owners. POTESTA has licensed professional surveyors registered in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Their total combined surveying experience comes to well over 50 years.
POTESTA's surveyors use state-of-the-art equipment such as Topcon total stations, Trimble 8 GNSS, and SMI Version 8 data collectors with SMI software. Reduction and design software used includes AutoCAD, Softdesk Civil/Survey design, Autodesk Land Design, Microstation, and InRoads design software.
POTESTA is equipped with modern surveying instruments, allowing efficient data processing and accurate gathering of field information. Total station instruments equipped with data collectors are utilized for complete field-to-office automation allowing for high levels of productivity in the field. The latest versions of software are then used to process survey data and create drawings or required end products. These products can be supplied to our clients in AutoCAD and/or Microstation format.
Small topographic mapping projects can be completed in-house using the aforementioned process. Larger projects are better suited for mapping using aerial photography.
POTESTA can provide the necessary surveying required for establishing ground control for aerial mapping. As a quality control measure, aerial mapping is field checked for accuracy by surveying cross sections or random points.
Surveys completed by POTESTA are performed by or under the direction of a professional licensed surveyor. Surveys and mapping are completed to the standards outlined by the National Map Standards, as well as other applicable quality standards.
Our staff is experienced in global positioning surveys (GPS). GPS equipment, Trimble R-8 GNSS, and existing base stations are among POTESTA's surveying tools. Based upon the site location and ultimate use of the survey information, a recommendation is made to the client as to whether or not traditional survey or GPS is most applicable to their project.
Our professional staff is dedicated to providing quality engineering services for various types of water treatment and distribution systems, as well as wastewater management, collection and treatment systems. The following is a list of some of the services POTESTA is capable of providing: