To advance responsible mining and use of minerals by catalyzing resources across The University of Arizona and our global network to: educate stakeholders on the importance of mineral resources and innovations in modern mining; attract the brightest minds from diverse disciplines to apply their talent to mineral resources challenges; develop the next generation workforce; and provide timely, integrated solutions to address real industry challenges.

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San Xavier Mining Laboratory: extension underway

Work on the new decline at SX mine

The university-owned Henry G. “Hank” Grundstedt San Xavier Mining Laboratory is the only such lab in the United States with a working vertical shaft. An extension project that got underway in summer 2020 will add research, teaching and training opportunities. It includes a larger mine entrance for bigger vehicles.

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Catching rocks before they fall: Can thermal imaging save miners’ lives?

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University of Arizona’s Geotechnical Center of Excellence is testing thermal imaging cameras at open pit mines to see if they can detect rock fall events and possibly predict those events and slides before they occur. If the cameras can sufficiently measure the movement of rocks, it could save miners from injury or death.

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Mining Innovation Finds Commercial Success through Tech Transfer

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Multiple mining innovations have found commercial success with the help of Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). This commercialization arm of UArizona works to spin off businesses based on research at the university.

Image: Urbix Inc.

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7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2020

Plan to log in to the American Mining Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on December 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM hosted by Mining Foundation of the Southwest. The event is virtual, more information will be forthcoming on how to join the festivities in late November. View the attached link for more information.