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Alabama Mineral Institute Program Information

Anyone interested in mining, geology, water policy, mine construction and regulation, health and environmental issues, coal bed methane and related subjects should participate.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time Event Speaker
7:30 a.m .- 8:00 a.m.
Registration/Full Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Bennett Bearden J.D., L.L.P., J.S.D
UA Water Policy & Law Institute
The University of Alabama
 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Current Research Directions and
Analytical Capabilities
in the University of Alabama,
Department of Geological Services
 C. Fred T. Andrus, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Geological Sciences,
University of Alabama
 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The EPA and the Relation to Mining
Trey Glenn
Regional Administrator
for the EPA
 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Artificial Intelligence and
Its Potential Impact
David R. Carpenter, PE, Ph.D.
Integrity Company, LLC
 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
A Southern Outlook:
Today and Tomorrow
Chad Hewitt
Southern Company 
 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
12:25 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Welcome
Bennett Bearden J.D., L.L.P., J.S.D.
UA Water Policy and Law Institute
The University of Alabama
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Case Studies on Applications
of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Raphael Siebenmann
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Technology and Safety
David R. Carpenter, PE, Ph.D.
Integrity Company, LLC
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Applications of LiDAR at GSA
Sandy Ebersole, Ph.D., PG, GISP
Geological Investigations
Program Director
Geological Survey of Alabama
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Integration of Aerial and Ground-Based
LiDAR Scanning
for High Accuracy Measurement
Andy Carroll and
James Kenney


 Friday, September 14, 2018

 Time Event  Speaker
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Full breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Richard Katz, PE
Retired, Jim Walter Resources
 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 
The Macando Blowout
Phillip Johnson
9: 15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Water Assessments
Tom Littlepage
 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Alabama Regulatory, Legislative
and Election Update
Dennis Lathem
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Industrial Rocks and
Minerals of Alabama
Dane S. VanDervoort
Geologist, Geological Survey
of Alabama
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Trip to the Ed Love and
Jerry Plot Water  Treatment Facilities
(Including the Recycling Plant)


Professional Development Hours

Professional engineers and geologists will be able to use the Institute for their Professional Development Hours (PDH) requirement. Full participation in the 2-day meeting will constitute 15 PDH credits.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Early Bird Rates (Until August 21) - SME Member: $185; Non-Member: $210

Standard Rates (After August 21) - SME Member: $205; Non-Member: $230

Student Rate: $150

Request for Accommodations

The University of Alabama is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for accommodation of physical and/or dietary needs should be made at least 30 calendar days in advance of the program date. Please email your request to

Get Involved!

If you are interested in making a presentation or would like to suggest a speaker and/or topic, please contact Keslie Fendley at 205-348-2325 or Agenda slots are limited, so please consider an early commitment.