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Reclamation Cost Guide

Key reference to costs for Engineering, Equipment, Supplies, Permitting, Labor and Earthwork.


The Reclamation Cost Guide assembles pertinent costs for reclamation activities into one handy reference. This ensures that your cost estimates will be based on engineering standards and regulatory requirements.

Reclamation Cost Guide includes over 200 pages of easy-to-find, indexed information to make your cost studies faster, easier and more credible. This service conforms to the USDI-Bureau of Land Management and USDA-Forest Service requirements for estimating costs for reclamation bonds as well as for other regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Reclamation Cost Guide is a side-by-side reference useful in conjunction with our Sherpa Reclamation Bonds software.

Your Reclamation Cost Guide is:

  • A source for pertinent costs related to reclamation activities
  • A handy, stand-alone sourcebook for cost estimates
  • A reference to engineering standards and regulatory requirements

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The Reclamation Cost Guide provides these benefits:

Information on these major topics

Engineering (e.g. earthwork, closure, demolition, removal, water treatment and more)

  • Reclamation equipment & Labor
  • Supplies and miscellaneous items
  • State and federal permitting
  • Permitting
  • Models of common reclamation tasks
  • Cost Indexes

Insight to cost centers
  • Machinery & Labor
  • Engineering & Design
  • Indirect
  • Contract management
  • Supplies & Miscellaneous
  • Overhead
  • Contractor's profit
  • Liability insurance
  • Bond premiums

Cost Models of key operating activities

Source of labor costs in Canada and United States
  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Unemployment
  • Employment taxes
  • Insurance
  • Salaries
  • Health plans
  • Worker's compensation
  • FUTA, FICA, state rates

Source of purchase, lease, and operating costs for reclamation equipment
  • Backhoes, Draglines
  • Loaders, Shovels
  • Cranes, Graders
  • Lift Trucks, Drills
  • Trucks, Compactors
  • Evaporators, Screens
  • Compressors, Scrubbers
  • Scrapers, Tractors
  • Washer Systems
  • Spill Berms, Stackers
  • Lights, Impact Hammers
  • Generator Sets
  • Cyanide Analyzers
  • Pumps, Tanks
  • Mulchers
  • Filters, Clarifiers

Source of costs of supplies and miscellaneous items
  • Soil amendment
  • Tackifiers
  • Plants & seed
  • Synthetic membranes
  • Wildlife netting
  • Silt fence
  • Sample bags
  • Sample analysis
  • Erosion control blankets

Guide for permitting activities on federal lands
  • EIS and EA (National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA)
  • Section 404 (Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Plan of operations

  • Guide for permitting activities for states and provinces
    • Water pollution control
    • Non-point source (NPDES)
    • Stormwater
    • Tailings dam
    • Reclamation plan
    • Air quality
    • Injection control
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Landfill
    • Septic
    • Bioremediation
    • Industrial artificial pond
    • Appropriating public waters
    • Construct dam
    • Drill hole plugging
    • Wildlife protection
    • Spill prevention control
    • Stormwater pollution prevention
    • Waste rock handling
    • Reclamation plan

    Sourcebook for earthwork costs
    • Excavate and stockpile
    • Load-haul-dump
    • Slope reduction
    • Spreading and contouring
    • Road rehabilitation
    • Fine grading

    Cost indexes for a reclamation purpose
    • Reclamation-specific cost estimating
    • Producer-prices indexes
    • Consumer price indexes
    • Both Canada & United States

  • Demolition (buildings, foundations, pavement, culverts, pipes, fencing)
  • Site work (fencing install, soil stabilization, armouring, scarifying)
  • Disposal (vehicles, machinery, soil-liquid waste, monitoring, construct wells, sample collection & analysis)
  • Closures (adits & shafts, concrete plugs & walls, foam plugs, earth backfill, bat gates, drill holes, leach pads, ponds & impoundments, pumping)
  • Combine with Sherpa for Reclamation Bonds software to enhance estimates.

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