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Under the MINER Act of 2006, OMSHR was charged with developing and adapting new mine safety technology and expediting its commercial availability through a contracts and grants program. With consideration for market drivers and barriers, current state-of-the-art technologies in mining versus other sectors, regulations that may potentially impact industry-specific technological innovations, and the conditions surrounding mine disasters, OMSHR has identified three priority areas based on the current technology gaps. These priority areas are (1) prevention of catastrophic events; (2) self-escape and rescue of mine workers following a catastrophic event; and (3) mine worker health and safety. A strategic approach was then developed that considered the technology gaps in each priority area, the potential impact of addressing each gap within a focus area, the financial investment necessary to incrementally address each gap, the likelihood of resulting technology developments to comply with regulatory requirements, technology developments and assistance available from other government agencies, and the type of incentives necessary for the private sector to begin commercializing the technology. As a result of these efforts, as of 2014, OMSHR had awarded over 100 technology development and commercialization contracts or interagency agreements in its execution of the MINER Act.

OMSHR has also awarded over 20 capacity-building contracts, which are devoted to building the capacity of our nation’s workforce to address critical health and safety problems in U.S. mines—specifically, in the fields of ventilation and ground control, which were identified as root causes for five different mining disasters since 2006. Capacity-building contracts help to produce graduates with advanced degrees in mining and minerals engineering, and help to develop tenure-track faculty performing research in these areas. As of 2014, OMSHR had provided capacity-building funding in ventilation and ground control engineering to 10 different universities, 19 different faculty members, and had supported a total of 58 graduate students, successfully graduating 28 MS or PhD degree holders since the program’s conception in 2009.

Contracts List

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TitleContractorContract/IAG #Start DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
A Compact, Wearable, Personal Monitor for Real-Time Detection of Nitrogen Dioxide in MinesPlatypus Technologies, LLC211-2013-569178/20/2013A contract to develop a liquid crystal (LC)-based nitrogen dioxide monitor housing a sensor which will detect and trigger an audio-visual alarm to warn miners when the concentration of nitrogen dioxide levels exceeds the threshold limits.
A Wearable Multivariable Sensor for NO2 and CO DetectionGeneral Electric200-2014-593959/1/2014A contract to design composite sensing materials to develop a sensor that is sensitive to carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide at the desired concentrations but is not affected by the interferences present in mines.
Adapting Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD) to Coal Miner RescuePhysical Sciences, Inc.200-2011-405659/19/2011A contract to evaluate the practicality and permissibility of modern laser-based technology for remotely detecting and mapping potentially explosive methane accumulations.
Advanced Software Radio Techniques for Improved Range and Reliability of Digital Through-the-Earth Communication SystemsVital Alert Communications, Inc.200-2013-568099/9/2013A contract to develop an Advanced Software Radio (ASR) for through-the-earth communication with the intent of significantly improving realiability of TTE links in the working areas of coal mines and extending range.
Analysis of Mine Seismicity and Geotechnical Modeling for Improved Safety in Underground Coal MinesUniversity of Utah200-2011-396146/22/2011A capacity-building contract to provide qualified individuals with opportunities to pursue MS and PhD degrees focused on ground control, research the cause of mining-induced seismicity, and improve safety in burst-prone coal mines.
Assessing, Modeling, and Cooling Underground Workings in Deep and Hot MinesUniversity of Nevada, Reno211-2014-597229/1/2014A capacity-building contract to understand, analyze, and engineer the thermal and psychometric working conditions in deep and hot underground mines.
Battery TechnologyInnovative Wireless Technologies200-2014-587529/1/2014A contract to develop technology that is broadly applicable to mobile and battery-driven equipment in hazardous environments.
Building Capacity and Enhancing Ground Control Safety through Improvement and Extension of the LaModel ProgramWest Virginia University200-2011-403429/12/2011A capacity-building contract to enhance ground control safety and produce qualified MS and PhD graduates with ground control expertise through improving and extending the LaModel program.
Coal Mine Dust Mitigation Through Novel Scrubber Development and Numerical ModelingUniversity of Kentucky200-2014-599229/1/2014A capacity-building contract focused on coal dust mitigation utilizing a novel scrubber and numerical modeling.
Combustion Modeling and Spontaneous Combustion Prevention in Longwall GobsTrustees of the Colorado School of Mines211-2014-600509/1/2014A capacity-building contract to examine the explosion and fire hazards in the gobs of underground longwall coal mines through physical and numerical modeling.
Cryogenic Life Support Technology Development ProjectNASA Kennedy Space Center12FED12132597/1/2012An interagency agreement to develop cryogenic breathing apparatus and supply/filling systems for mine escape, rescue, and refuge.
Demonstration of the Ability of Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technologies to Enhance Mine SafetyMontana Tech of the University of Montana211-2014-595807/15/2014A contract to explore early detection of rock movement signaling imminent underground space or pit wall collapse in mines, which has the potential to prevent loss of life and serious injuries from mine disasters.
Design and Construction Considerations for a Protected Compressed Air Line to a Refuge AlternativeUniversity of Kentucky200-2014-600478/15/2014A contract to explore the need for ensuring compressed air line integrity in a practical way through laboratory tests and design and construction considerations for compressed air lines to a refuge alternative.
Designing a Statistical Algorithm for Strategic Identification and Development of New Mine Safety Technologies and Technological ApplicationsStanford University200-2014-594489/1/2014A contract to survey the landscape of mine hazards through a lens wide enough to capture all mine operations, fine-grained enough to pinpoint hazards for each specific type of operation, and responsive enough to detect new hazards as they emerge.
Development and Demonstration of a Robotic Support Vehicle for Underground Mine Rescue EffortsROHMAC, Inc.200-2014-592748/28/2014A contract to design and develop a mine rescue support machine that will increase the ability of mine rescue teams to respond to catastrophic mine events.
Development of a Method for the Remote Characterization of Underground Mine Ventilation Control by Multiple Tracer GasesVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2009-319339/1/2009A capacity-building contract to develop a method to remotely characterize underground mine ventilation control by multiple tracer gases.
Development of an improved mine escape breathing apparatus through efficiency improvement study of current self-rescuersNaval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division13FED13133014/15/2013An interagency agreement to reduce the size, weight, and ergonomic impact of SCSRs.
Development of Dust Control Units for Underground Coal MinesJ.H. Fletcher & Co.200-2010-361649/1/2010A contract to design, construct, and test two new dust collection components for continuous mining operations in underground coal mines.
Development of Strength Criteria for Coal and Nonsedimentary Rock Masses and Investigation of Underground and Open Pit Mine Stability of Such Rock MassesUniversity of Arizona200-2011-398869/1/2011A capacity-building contract to develop strength criteria for coal and non-sedimentary rock masses and to investigate the underground and open pit mine stability of these rock masses.
DPM Research: Monitoring Responses to Ventilation and Control by Water Sprays, and Capacity Building for Mine Ventilation ExpertiseVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University200-2014-596469/1/2014A capacity-building contract focused on the use of ventilation in controlling diesel particulate matter (DPM) levels, particularly in the context of challenging mining conditions.
Efficiency Improvement Study of Mine Rescue Breathing Apparatus and Development of an Improved Prototype CCBANaval Sea Systems Command12FED12133147/1/2012An interagency agreement to investigate alternative system designs or current system modifications for mine rescue breathing apparatus, to determine the extent of potential efficiency improvements.
Electromagnetic Noise Data Acquisition for the Evaluation of TTE Communications in Coal MinesVital Alert Communications, Inc.211-2014-590759/1/2014A contract to improve the performance of TTE radio systems intended for use in coal mine emergency communications between the mine and the surface.
Engineered Solutions - Dump Truck Vibrations and Impact on Operator Safety in High-Impact Shovel Loading OperationsMissouri University of Science and Technology200-2011-408179/1/2011A contract to reduce or eliminate the impact of root mean square (RMS) accelerations due to vibrations on large dump truck operators during high-impact shovel loading operations.
Enhancing Mine Safety via Intrinsically Safe Battery-Powered Wireless Sensor NetworkInnovative Wireless Technologies200-2013-569489/12/2013A contract to provide a fully wireless, battery-operated, atmospheric, gas monitor solution that is rapidly deployable.
Evaluating the Inherent Safety of Li-ion Batteries in Portable Electronics Used in Underground Mine EnvironmentsUniversity of Kentucky200-2013-568089/25/2013A contract to experimentally evaluate the inherent safety of Li-ion batteries used in portable electronic devices for underground mine applications.
Extending and Monitoring the Scrubber Performance in Escape and Rescue Mining RebreathersNavy Experimental Diving Unit12FED12133258/15/2012An interagency agreement to extend and monitor the scrubber performance in escape and rescue mining rebreathers.
Generation of Geomechanical and Time-dependent Properties of Coal and Coal Measure RocksWest Virginia University200-2011-406769/1/2011A capacity-building contract to understand the time-dependent behavior of some coal measure rocks under certain loading conditions, evaluate post-failure behavior, and acquire reliable site-specific input properties for numerical modeling.
Identification of Potential Roof Problems Using LED Lighting & Numerical Modeling of Highwall Stability Using FLAC3DUniversity of Kentucky200-2011-406289/27/2011A capacity-building contract to (1) develop light technology to identify roof problems and (2) use FLAC3D to model highwall stability and determine the effects of ground vibrations from blasting.
Innovative Solutions for Heat Management in Hot Underground Mines: Ventilation Research and Capacity BuildingUniversity of Arizona200-2014-599539/1/2014A capacity-building contract focused on state-of-the-art ventilation engineering related to the management of heat in hot underground mines.
Instrumentation of Roof Bolt Drill for Ground Characterization, Mapping, and Support DesignPennsylvania State University211-2011-411389/29/2011A capacity-building contract to develop a roof bolt drill instrumented for ground characterization, mapping, and support design.
Integration of Sensing Technologies for Post-Event Monitoring of Hazardous Conditions in the Mining EnvironmentSenSevere200-2014-592539/1/2014A contract to provide detection of ambient conditions in lesser traversed, remote areas of a mine by way of a repeater system with sensing modules capable of linking into the existing, hardened communications and tracking system.
Internal Short Circuit Detection for Improved Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Mining ApplicationsTIAX200-2014-587519/1/2014A contract to improve the safety of lithium-ion battery systems in order to reduce the risk posed by these batteries to mine workers.
Investigation of Reduced Order Fire Modeling for Improved Safety and Response in Underground Coal MinesVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2014-596699/1/2014A capacity-building contract to advance the body of knowledge in mine fires through modeling and application to ensure improved controls.
Leaky Feeder Mine Communications SystemPillar Innovations LLC200-2007-200643/15/2007A contract to investigate techniques to increase the survivability of leaky feeder communication systems.
Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Noise Cancelling Antenna SystemLos Alamos National Laboratory11FED11133039/30/2011An interagency agreement to improve signal-to-noise in TTE receivers. The aim is to use existing transmitters that are not "intrinsically safe" to provide a reference signal from underground.
Methods to De-Energize BatteriesTIAX LLC211-2013-570769/4/2013A contract to develop new technologies for emergency de-energizing of batteries, and to demonstrate prototype systems designed for application in a battery system currently employed in mining operations.
Mine Escape Vehicle Technology Retrofit DemonstrationRaytheon UTD, Inc.200-2013-567959/9/2013A contract to design the integration of appropriate Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) technology into either an existing mantrip being refurbished or a new mantrip under construction.
New Technologies for Identifying and Understanding Ground Stability HazardsVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2011-403138/16/2011A capacity-building contract to quantify the ground response in underground coal mines with different geologic settings and depths of cover.
New Vest Style Escape SCSR Through SCSR Efficiency Improvement StudyNavy Experimental Diving Unit12FED12132446/1/2012An interagency agreement to investigate efficiency improvements for pure oxygen breathing apparatuses used by miners in emergencies, namely SCSRs, and to develop an improved ergonomically designed SCSR.
Numerical Modeling of Gas Emissions and Cave Ventilation in Block Caving MinesSouth Dakota School of Mines & Technology200-2014-596139/1/2014A capacity-building contract focused on developing practical mine ventilation engineering tools for safe and effective massive underground mining operations.
Performance-Based Fire Safety Designs for Self-Escape in Underground MinesMissouri University200-2009-307668/1/2009A capacity-building contract to minimize mine fires through further study of mine fire occurrence and behavior, devise firefighting methods, and train graduate students in mine engineering and fire engineering.
Personal Air Safety System (PASS)International Electronic Machines Corporation200-2014-587539/1/2014A contract to provide miners with real-time alerts to potentially harmful air contaminants if a dangerous threshold of either immediate or timed exposure is detected.
Safety Aspects of Mine Ventilation Through Technical Development and TrainingUniversity of Kentucky200-2009-306789/1/2009A capacity-building contract to investigate safety aspects of mine ventilation through technical development and training.
Sensors for Automated Control of Coal Dust (SACCD)University of California200-2013-571559/17/2013A contract to develop wireless sensor technology, using functional prototypes, that can continuously monitor the ratio of rock dust to coal dust throughout an underground coal mine.
Through-the-Earth (TTE) Communications: Range Reliability ImprovementsLockheed Martin200-2013-561287/16/2013A contract to develop and test an enhanced magnetics-based communications waveform with increased ability to provide communications in the presence of ambient noise and interference in order to extend existing magnetics-based technologies.
Through-the-Earth Communication Antenna Feasibility DemonstrationRaytheon-UTD 200-2014-586889/1/2014A contract to develop new antenna configurations to improve performance and utility of through-the-earth (TTE) communications systems once deployed in underground coal mines.
Universal Mobile Refuge Alternatives Thermal Simulation Modeling ToolUniversity of Nevada, Reno200-2014-592549/1/2014A contract to provide a universal technology to  evaluate and facilitate the safe deployment of any refuge alternative (RA) by manufacturer-specified standards in any underground mine in in situ conditions selected for the siting of the RA.
Using Advanced Large-Format Energy Storage Technology in Underground MinesGeneral Electric Company200-2014-590359/1/2014A contract to provide mines with information on advanced large-format energy storage and a comprehensive survey of the leading technologies and their likely failure modes.
Utilization of Booster Fans in Underground Coal MinesUniversity of Utah200-2009-303289/1/2009A capacity-building contract to research using booster fans in deep coal mines in the western U.S., where coal seams can have over 3,000 ft of overburden causing ventilation and ground control problems.
Ventilation of Deep Open Pit Mines with Special Reference to Air Inversion in Arctic or Subarctic RegionsUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks200-2009-319689/1/2009A capacity-building contract to evaluate and enhance the atmospheric health and safety conditions in open pit mines, with special reference to air inversion in arctic or subarctic regions.
Weak Rock Mass in Nevada Gold Mines: Behavior, Support Design, and PerformanceUniversity of Nevada, Reno200-2011-399658/1/2011A capacity-building contract to address ground control design issues in weak rock masses in Nevada.
TitleContractorContract/IAG #Start DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
A Magnetic Communication System for Use in Mine EnvironmentsLockheed Martin Corporation 200-2007-228439/11/2007A contract to develop and demo a two-way, through-the-earth communication system for mines that applies state-of-the-art communications technologies to overcome subterranean wireless communication challenges while meeting industrial safety standards.
Application of Extreme Power Line Communication Methods to Mine EnvironmentsNorthern Microdesign, Inc.200-2010-360059/13/2010A contract to assess the suitability of current power line communication methods (used in nonmining applications) for underground coal mine communication, using mine electrical power distribution conductors as a system backbone.
Assessment of Technology for Non-destructive Testing of In-situ Underground Mine SealsCardno MM&A200-2012-524979/20/2012A contract to assess four types of existing technology that can be applied to seals in a nondestructive manner under experimental conditions, including radio frequency sensing, ultrasonic sensing, ground penetrating radar, and tracer gas methods.
Atmospheric Analysis of Refuge AlternativesNASA Ames Research Center08FED89835410/1/2008An interagency agreement to improve understanding of safe CO2 concentrations and scrubbing methods, methods to remove CO in case of chamber contamination, and the effect of chamber design, occupancy, and ambient conditions on heat and humidity.
Best Practice Review of Atmospheric Monitoring Practices for Fire and Explosion Prevention Using Tube Bundle SystemsDepartment of Natural Resources and Mines (SIMTARS)200-2013-569499/23/2013A contract to assess the benefits of implementing tube bundle technology into the US mining industry and identifying the logistical barriers and operational aspects considered for deployment.
Communication and Hazard Monitoring in Bleeders and Remote WorkingsKutta Technologies200-2012-536249/20/2012A contract to extend communication and hazard monitoring into bleeders or other remote workings in an active underground coal mine.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for Underground MinesColorado School of Mines200-2009-314099/2/2009A capacity-building contract to expand on previous and existing work with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling using the FLUENT code to develop a modeling and predictive tool for mine ventilation.
Continuous Float Dust MonitorAKITA Innovations, LLC200-2013-572329/23/2013A contract to design, fabricate, and test a continuous float dust monitor (CFDM) in both a laboratory setting and in a test coal mine environment.
Deep Coal Mine Safety Studies to Promote Development of Recommendations for Deep Coal Mine Safety through Monitoring Seismic Events The University of Utah 200-2008-254386/5/2008A contract to investigate and report on the state-of-the-art in mine seismic monitoring systems and methodologies as applied to deep coal mining.
Demonstration of Inertial Sensor Tracking and Communication SystemInSeT Systems, LLC200-2010-346878/30/2010A contract to complete a beta test installation of the contractor’s inertial sensor tracking and communication system in a working mine and demonstrate the accuracy, communication capability, and suitability for use in a working coal mine.
Design and Demonstration of a Location Tracking System for Underground Coal Mines (Award 1)Extreme Endeavors and Consulting200-2007-212497/25/2007A contract to develop a miner tracking system based on inertial navigation technology.
Design and Demonstration of a Location Tracking System for Underground Coal Mines (Award 2) L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions (now Engility Corporation)200-2007-212507/25/2007A contract to design and demonstrate a location tracking system for underground coal mines using ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology.
Design of Underground Mine Seals Under Explosive Events West Virginia University 200-2007-225418/31/2007A contract to establish guidelines for mine seal design under static and dynamic loading conditions from gas and/or dust explosions within sealed areas.
Designing a Pilot Program for Strategic Mine Safety and Health Improvements through the Use of Surveillance Data to Guide Targeted Inspection ActivitiesLeland Stanford Junior University200-2009-288202/2/2009A contract to design a pilot program for strategic mine safety and health improvements through the use of surveillance data to guide targeted inspection activities.
Develop a Means to Model Network Performance Using Network Simulation Tools U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST08FEB8983452/15/2008An interagency agreement to develop modeling and simulation tools to evaluate the performance of underground mine wireless communications networks.
Development and Demonstration of the Battelle Barrier Survival System Battelle Memorial Institute200-2007-220678/30/2007A contract to design, test, develop, and demonstrate a prototype for an advanced mine barrier survival system (MBSS).
Development and Testing of a Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV)Raytheon UTD200-2010-367239/10/2010A contract to acquire, prototype construct, test, and evaluatue Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) subsystem components along with their integration into the MEV vehicle platform.
Development of a Mine Rescue Drilling System and Robotics Mission Feasibility StudySandia National Laboratories 08FED8983495/14/2008An interagency agreement to conduct experiments to improve the efficiency and speed of drilling operations and develop robots and robotic assist technology.
Development of a Seismic System for Locating Trapped MinersWest Virginia University Research Corporation200-2011-398859/1/2011A contract to evaluate SureWave Technology's seismic system for locating trapped miners by conducting tests at depths of 2,000 ft or more and under various challenging but common conditions.
Development of a Severe Injury Surveillance System for Hazard Identification and Guiding Technological Interventions University of Arizona200-2008-248585/1/2008A contract to develop a Severe Injury Surveillance System using the Mine Safety and Health Administration's accident/injury/illness database.
Development of a Uniform Methodology for Evaluating Coal Mine Tracking SystemsVirginia Polytechnic Institute200-2010-361409/30/2010A contract to develop and demonstrate a methodology for the uniform evaluation of tracking technologies in underground coal mines.
Development of a Wireless Test and Measurement Tool for Use in Mines Helium Networks 200-2008-24620C5/14/2008A contract to design, develop, and deliver a test and measurement tool based on a proof-of-concept model for mapping wireless coverage areas in underground coal mines.
Development of an Anti-Caking Rock DustIMERYS200-2012-524969/19/2012A contract to develop anti-caking rock dust products.
Development of both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-RescuerTechnical Products, Inc.200-2007-195692/6/2007A contract to help develop and evaluate Person Wearable Dockable and Hybrid SCSRs that will meet the requirements of 42 CFR Part 84, Federal Mining Regulations, as well as any that will result from the MINER Act.
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV)Avon Protection Systems, Inc.200-2012-527888/29/2012A contract to deliver working prototypes of docking and switch-over valves that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus.
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV/HMC)Essex Industries, Inc.200-2012-528798/24/2012A contract to deliver working prototypes of docking/switch-over valves and hoods/masks with passive communication elements that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus.
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV/HMC/VHPC)Carleton Technologies, Inc.200-2012-526249/1/2012A contract to deliver working prototypes of docking/ switch-over valves and hoods/masks with passive communication elements that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus.
Development of Guidelines for Safely Managing Electrical Equipment and Systems in Underground Mines During Mine Emergencies and Other Abnormal Circumstances Foster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)200-2008-265568/13/2008A contract to develop guidelines to enable workers to manage electrical equipment in a mine during an emergency.
Emergency Seismic Communication System for the Mining IndustryTeledyne Brown Engineering200-2009-290663/23/2009A contract to explore a new communication technology that re-uses undersea modem technology and concepts for seismic communication within the mining industry.
Feasibility Study: Vision-Aided Personal Inertial Tracking System for Mining Carnegie Mellon University200-2010-35935 9/8/2010A contract to evaluate the feasibility and utility of recent advances in personal navigation in a realistic mining setting. The project will conduct a field test in a realistic setting using existing equipment that has been adapted to the application.
Full-Wave Modeling of MF PropagationPennsylvania State University200-2010-363179/30/2010A contract to develop models of MF propagation in mines based on the results simulated through full-wave electromagnetic models.
Kutta OutCall Micropower Messaging System (KOMMS)Kutta Technologies200-2013-560508/12/2013A contract to create a signaling system, Kutta OutCall Micropower Messaging System (KOMMS), a mechanism of signaling between underground and the surface without the use of battery or line power.
Leaky Feeder to Wireless Media Converter Device Technology DevelopmentRajant Corporation200-2008-268158/14/2008A contract to develop and test a Media Converter Device (MCD) that allows wireless handheld radios to communicate with leaky feeder communication systems. This will greatly improve voice quality and underground communications coverage in cross-cuts.
LiDAR Technology Adaptation to Underground Coal Mines for Float Coal Dust and Rock Dust Mapping ApplicationsElectricore, Inc.200-2013-569479/16/2013A contract to evaluate LiDAR sensing technology to estimate dispersion distances of float coal dust and assess adequacies of rock dust coverage over large areas.
Magnetic Communication System (MCS)Lockheed Martin Corporation200-2009-320219/10/2009A contract to enhance key features of the through-the-earth prototype previously developed to improve its usability, investigate design changes to comply with mine safety standards, ruggedize the hardware, and demonstrate performance at coal mine sites.
Magneto-Inductive TTE CommunicationsUltra Electronics Canada Defence, Inc.200-2009-312928/25/2009A contract to fabricate and test through-the-earth communication devices in an underground mine.
Medium Frequency Radio System Modifications for Refuge Chamber Situational AwarenessKutta Technologies200-2012-535049/20/2012A contract to modify medium frequency radio systems to improve refuge chamber situational awareness in an underground coal mine.
Metering and Distribution Improvements to Increase the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Rock DustersROHMAC Inc.200-2012-536269/21/2012A contract to develop and implement a prototype rock duster that will use sensing technology to determine the amount of coal dust in the mine atmosphere and distribute an appropriate amount of rock dust to effectively inert the coal dust present.
Method for Improving Ventilation & Gas Monitoring with an Advanced Fiber Optic Based Mine-Wide Monitoring SystemRSL Fiber Systems¬†200-2012-525158/24/2012A contract to create an advanced mine-wide distributed monitoring system utilizing a low power intrinsically safe fiber optic backbone for improving ventilation and gas and temperature monitoring in underground mines.
Mine Communications Engineering and Compatibility GuidelinesDISA Joint Spectrum Center08FED8983535/22/2007A contract to ensure that the limited useful spectrum is used efficiently, health and safety hazards are not introduced, and new systems do not interfere with each other or with older systems already in place.
Mine Escape Vehicle Concept InvestigationRaytheon UTD200-2008-248264/29/2008A contract to provide a design for a Mine Escape Vehicle to facilitate rapid escape of personnel from an underground mine in an emergency. The design for the vehicle will include components for vehicle platform, life support, navigation, and communication.
Mining and Industrial Safety Technology and Training InnovationWheeling Jesuit University1H75OH0098229/30/2009A contract in the form of a grant to investigate how modern technologies and educational approaches can improve mine safety.
Mobile Adaptable RF/IT Infrastructure - Experimental (MATRIX) St. Francis University Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas200-2008-274449/1/2008A contract to test the efficacy of deploying a vehicular satellite communication system, augmented with rapidly deployable mesh networking nodes and other emerging telecommunications technologies, during mine rescue and other emergency events.
Modeling Natural Gas Explosions for Coal Mine SafetyU.S. Naval Research Laboratory08FED8983421/1/2008A contract to simulate the development and evolution of natural gas (NG) explosions in mine tunnels.
Modernization and Further Development of the NIOSH Mine Emergency Response Training System (MERITS), Phase 1 Orion International Technologies 200-2008-2385812/1/2007A contract to develop a modernized and improved version of the NIOSH Mine Emergency Response Interactive Training Simulation (MERITS), making it compatible with modern computer systems.
Passive Fiber Optic System for Locating, Tracking, and Communicating with Personnel in Coal Mines US Sensor Systems Inc.200-2008-245023/18/2008A contract to develop and demonstrate a modified, fiber optic-based perimeter security system to track personnel in an underground coal mine.
Performance and Safety Investigation of Emergency Backup Batteries and Battery Charging Systems for Underground Mining Applications Foster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)254-2008-270249/4/2008A contract to address issues associated with battery selection, use, and charging for the underground coal mining environment, specifically with respect to MINER Act requirements for mine communications and personnel tracking technology.
Post-Accident AMS SystemCONSPEC Controls Inc.200-2009-315029/1/2009A contract to develop a robust, intrinsically safe system that will incorporate atmospheric monitoring, two-way communications and miner tracking, all in a single network.
Practical Risk Assessment Guidelines for Identifying, Assessing, and Mitigating Stored Energy Hazards in Underground Coal Mines During and After a Mine Emergency URS Group Incorporated200-2009-313469/2/2009A contract to determine risk analysis techniques for assessing and mitigating basic types of possible stored energy sources for currently available communication, tracking, and atmospheric monitoring systems (AMS).
Radio System Modifications for Improved Mine Safety (Medium Frequency)Kutta Technologies, Inc.200-2010-352958/25/2010A contract to increase the performance of medium frequency communications in underground mines.
Rapid Response Rescue Drilling System Development for Mine Rescue ApplicationCenter Rock, Inc.200-2011-406829/1/2011A contract to identify equipment needs, available contractors, and the development and demonstration process for a rapid response drilling system for mine rescue operations.
Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines Foster-Miller, Inc. (now Qinetiq, North America)200-2007-202764/11/2007A contract to develop engineering guidelines associated with the location, construction, and general application of various refuge alternatives.
Refuge Chamber Deployment and Occupancy Status During Mine Emergency SituationsLockheed Martin200-2012-529338/27/2012A contract to incorporate a wireless base station into the MagneLink Magnetic Communication System (MCS) and to develop a mechanism that automatically activates a portable wireless text messaging device when a refuge chamber is opened or deployed.
Remote Methane Sensors Ion Optics, Inc.200-2008-24373c3/3/2008A contract to integrate a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) component into specialized electronics to measure methane levels in underground coal mines.
Resource Identification for Improvement of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Underground Coal MinesURS CorporationNA3/25/2013A contract to identify possible electromagnetic interference requirements for coal mining equipment to ensure proper operation of equipment used in mines with a view towards maximizing mine safety.
Safe and Economical Inerting of Sealed Mine Areas On Site Gas Systems, Inc. 200-2008-24811c3/31/2008A contract to design and construct an in-mine mobile gas generation plant to extract nitrogen gas from mine air and inject it into sealed mine areas to maintain a safe environment.
Safety, Health, and Ventilation Cost Benefit Optimization with Simulation and ControlUniversity of Nevada200-2009-301579/1/2009A capacity-building contract to improve ventilation tasks in deep and hot underground mines to decrease injury risks; improve working conditions; meet occupational, environmental, and health standards; and reduce costs to stay competitive.
Smart Escape SCBAAvon Protection Systems200-2011-406879/12/2011A contract to develop a “smart” self-contained open circuit breathing apparatus (SCBA) that protects against threat gasses and provides an extended duration of life-sustaining oxygen inhale stream by monitoring the surrounding atmosphere.
Snake Robot for Mine RescueRaytheon Sarcos, LLC200-2009-307218/10/2009A contract to leverage the on-going development of the new generation Tandem Track (TT) snake robot, by modifying this new system in a way that makes it suitable for operations in underground mines.
Sprinkler Head Emergency Communications Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation200-2008-262938/5/2008A contract to evaluate a fiber optic sprinkler head emergency communications system to determine if this concept can meet the communication, tracking, mine escape, and rescue requirements of an underground communication system.
Strengthening an Existing 20-PSI Mine Seal with PPG's Polyurea Coated RetrofitPPG Industries200-2007-204265/27/2007A contract to develop a spray-applied polyurea coating system that would upgrade existing 20-psi approved mine seals to withstand blast pressures greater than 60 psi.
Structural Analysis and Design of Seals for Coal Mine Safety U.S. Army Corps of Engineers08FED8983431/23/2008A contract to transfer protective structure design technology from the defense establishment to the design and construction of seals in the coal industry.
Subterranean Wireless Electronic Communication System U.S. Army CERDEC 07FED71780110/1/2006An interagency agreement to design and develop a subterranean wireless electronic communications system for the U.S. Army.
Supplementary Technologies for Advanced Mine Communication NetworksFoundation Telecommunications Inc.200-2008-246288/19/2008A contract to develop a Universal Signal Evaluation Package for 75- and 150-MHz bands, adapt a passive magnetic amplifier for 900-MHz, and investigate energy harvesting technologies.
System Reliability and Environmental SurvivabilityFoster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)200-2008-268649/1/2008A contract to develop a practical methodology with appropriate technical guidelines that enables mine operators and enforcement agencies to evaluate the reliability of underground communications, tracking, and atmospheric monitoring systems.
Technical Solutions for Enhancements to Mine Safety Using Barricade II Fire Blocking Gel Northwest Barricade LLC 200-2008-24618c3/1/2008A contract to evaluate the use of Barricade II Fire Blocking Gel for use in mine fire prevention, control, or fire suppression technologies.
The Role of Gas Desorption in the Energetic Failure of Coal The Pennsylvania State University 200-2008-257026/26/2008A contract to evaluate the role of gas desorbing on the failure of coal and the resultant influence on dynamic failures such as bumps, bursts, and outbursts.
Through-the-Earth Communication Systems for Underground Coal Mines: Product Final Development and Standardized Interface DefinitionE-Spectrum Technologies, Inc.200-2011-398849/1/2011A contract to extend the operational range of a through-the-earth communications system while maintaining the portability and permissibility of the subsurface unit.
Through-The-Earth Wireless Real-Time Two-Way Voice Communications Alertek, LLC200-2008-257208/1/2008A contract to design, build, and demonstrate a battery-powered, through-the-earth wireless voice communication system for overburdens of up to 600 feet.
Two-Way, Through-the-Earth Emergency Communication System for Trapped Miners and the Surface Stolar Research, Inc.200-2009-321179/4/2009A contract to design a prototype two-way, through-the-earth (TTE) emergency communication system, fabricate the hardware, and test the system at an underground coal mine.
Ultra-Low Frequency Through-the-Earth Communication TechnologyE-Spectrum Technologies 200-2008-268188/13/2008A contract to analyze, adapt, and test an existing ultra-low frequency (ULF), through-the-earth system for communication and tracking of underground mine personnel.
Underground Mine Diesel Particulate Monitor NetworkNomadics, Inc.200-2010-369019/15/2010A contract to develop a monitor that can measure diesel particulate matter (DPM) in real time for at least a month and provide information on the mine-wide DPM concentrations to a central control station located on the surface.
Wireless Mesh Mine Communication System L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions (now Engility Corporation)200-2007-203885/25/2007A contract to design, adapt, construct, install, and evaluate a wireless mesh communication network in an underground coal mine.
Wireless Through-The-Earth Modeling and SupportLockheed Martin Corporation200-2011-398629/9/2011A contract to determine the factors that most affect signal transmission and reception for through-the-earth communication systems. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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