Central IL Coal Mine Subsidence Presentation

April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lincoln Library
326 S. Seventh St.
IL 62701
Erin Shay
mine subsidence

Mine Subsidence is an issue on the minds of all that live and work in Central Illinois.

As the coal mines of the 1800’s continue to age, the likelihood of subsidence increases. The evening’s presentations will include area mining history, an overview of mining, mine collapse, surface subsidence, subsidence damage and remediation.  In addition, information will be presented on the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Emergency Program.

The presentation will be held at Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


Mr. Dave Tucker, Curator of the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie

After retiring from many years in the restaurant and food manufacturing arena, Dave has turned a lifelong love of museums into a labor of love. His interest in what was happening beneath the city of Gillespie was sparked after the Benld Elementary School experienced severe subsidence damage in 2009 and he sat on the site selection committee for the new school. In the process of selecting a new site, Mr. Tucker heard explanations of subsidence given by Dr. Jerry Marino of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc., and Dr. Sam Spearing, a mine engineering professor at Southern Illinois University. As an alderman, Dave was searching for ways to spur economic growth, and through researching the story of the coal industry in the area, the idea for a local coal museum began to grow. Through years of research, sourcing exhibits, and construction, the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie is now becoming a reality.

Dr. Jerry Marino, P.E., D.GE, President of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

Dr. Jerry Marino received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1985, from the University of Illinois. His thesis topic was related to mine subsidence and structural response to subsidence over room and pillar mines. Working in the area of mine subsidence for over 37 years in various ore fields in the U.S., Dr. Marino has researched and consulted on all aspects of subsidence engineering with government agencies, engineering and architectural firms, surface owners, as well as pipeline, insurance and mining companies.  His work includes planning, mining and abandonment stages of room and pillar to high extraction workings, as well as related cause and origin investigations. Over the course of his career, Dr. Marino has authored over 100 articles and publications on subsidence engineering topics.

Mr. Brent Guttmann, P.E., Office of Mines and Minerals, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Brent Guttmann is the Emergency Unit Supervisor of the Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Division, Office of Mines and Minerals, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  He has been a Licensed Professional Engineer since 2001 and has worked for IDNR since 2014. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He has experience in the areas of structural, geotechnical, construction and transportation engineering. Prior to employment with IDNR, Brent held various engineering positions at Sverdrup Civil, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the US Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

Topics for the evening include:

  • Area Mining History
  • Understanding Mine Subsidence
  • State Emergency Program

There will also be a Q&A panel after the presentation.

This presentation is sponsored by the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie.

The Lincoln Library is located at 326 S. Seventh St., Springfield, IL 62701.


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