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TIPS provides a core suite of off-the-shelf software to assist with the implementation of SMCRA requirements. This ensures that all SMCRA offices and industries can use and share the same software tools to administer the SMCRA. This software also allows state and tribal offices to use advanced scientific software, without the expensive cost of maintaining their own individual licenses and maintenance agreements.

For support on TIPS software, contact the following support teams:

  • CAD Team: Computer Aided Design software for mapping and reclamation design
  • GIS Team: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for geographically referenced maps and information
  • Hydrology Team: software tools for modeling and analyzing surface and ground-water impacts on the environment
  • Mobile Computing Team: Global Positioning System (GPS), and tablet computing systems and software suitable for field use
  • Remote Sensing Team: imagery collected from satellites and aerial cameras for use in analyzing environmental impacts on the ground

TIPS uses KeyServer, FlexLM, and Sentinel to manage its software licenses.

Regardless of which license management product is in use for individual software, all TIPS software users must install the latest KeyServer Client on their machine prior to installing new software versions. This is a requirement from the TIPS program to allow for adequate collection of license and server usage statistics.

The latest KeyServer Client is always available on the TIPS website, at the software downloads webpage.

If you have any questions regarding KeyServer, FlexLM, or Sentinel, please do not hesitate to contact TIPS for help with these packages:

  • KeyServer, FlexLM and Sentinel: Dawn Pacula at dpacula@osmre.gov or call (303) 236-2925

Additional questions? Please contact your Service Manager.

Recommended Minimum System Requirements

  • COMPONENT: Description 
  • CPU SPEED: 1.6 GHz recommended or higher
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core Duo, Pentium 4 or Xeon Processors
  • MEMORY/RAM4: 1 GB recommended or higher
  • DISPLAY PROPERTIES: 24 bit color depth
  • SCREEN RESOLUTION: 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
  • SWAP SPACE: Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
  • DISK SPACE: 100 GB
  • VIDEO/GRAPHICS ADAPTER: 24-bit capable graphics accelerator with an Open GL 1.3 or higher compliant video card is required, with at least 32 MB of video memory, however 64 MB of video memory or higher is recommended.
  • NETWORKING HARDWARESimple TCP/IP: Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for some of the License Managers.
  • MEDIA PLAYER: USB or DVD-ROM drive may be required to install the application

Hardware

TIPS has been instrumental in seeding scientific hardware to the State and Tribes responsible for the implementation of SMCRA requirements. The TIPS "seed" program provides equipment to these offices for use and testing. TIPS will also loan high-end scientific hardware to SMCRA programs for use on a project-by-project basis to eliminate unnecessary costs and inefficiencies. 

The goal of this exchange is to allow these offices the ability to make informed decisions on their needs for additional equipment. This program ensures SMCRA personnel stay on the forefront of scientific technology. 

To check out equipment, please contact the OSMRE representative in your respective regions:

OSMRE Headquarters and Interior Regions 1 & 2:
MD, MA, MI, OH, PA, RI, WV, KY, GA, NC, TN, Virginia

Interior Regions 3, 4 & 6:
IL, IN, IA, MS, AL, LA, MS, AR, KS, OK, TX

Interior Regions 5, 7-11:
AK, CA, CO, NM, OR, UT, WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, WY, Crow Tribe, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Geospatial

Geospatial data provides a “place-based” perspective. This data illustrates the geographic impacts of mining operations on the environment and the surrounding communities. As the mining industry transitions to digitizing its permitting and performance information, OSMRE remains committed to the use of geospatial technologies to uphold SMCRA requirements.

OSMRE and SMCRA partners are able to engage in better decision-making and inform the public more effectively by implementing geospatial technologies, processes and data analysis. A GIS-based analysis capability allows OSMRE to more effectively examine national and local coal-mining and environmental implications.

Access GeoMine at https://geomine.osmre.gov

GeoMine is an interactive web-based mapping application of coal mining and reclamation activities within the United States. It is an ongoing effort to provide the best available data for surface coal mining operations across the country, merging data from numerous sources to create standardized, seamless layers that cross state boundaries. The application also includes associated authoritative data from other federal agencies and is capable of ingesting other geospatial data users may require.

This application incorporates recent satellite imagery and allows users to download geospatial data for offline use. GeoMine does not serve as the sole source of the host of data needed by state and federal agencies tasked with making SMCRA or ESA determinations or other decisions; however, it does support decision-making processes associated with surface coal mining activities by improving accessibility to geospatial data and enhancing understanding of individual data layers by visualizing their geographic relationships to one another. The map is updated as state program data are created and made available.

Initial participants included OSMRE, US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), coal mining regulatory authorities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. Geospatial layers were designed using approved American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Coal Mining and Reclamation Data Standards.

Surface Coal Mining Information in GeoMine (as of July 2019):

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Crow Tribe
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Navajo Nation
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

The SMCRA National Coal Mining Geospatial Committee [“GeoCommittee”; previously known as National Coal Mining Geospatial Committee (NCMGC] was created and chartered to discover, review, and promote geospatial technologies that increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of SMCRA organizations.

GeoCommittee web meetings are held on the second Thursday every other month and consist of updates on SMCRA geospatial topics and vendor presentations.

To join the distribution list please email a request to GIS@osmre.gov

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Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is solely to provide information to the public, and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement or the U.S. Department of the Interior.