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Mining Contracts

Under the MINER Act of 2006, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (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 identified priority areas based on the current technology gaps.  A strategic approach was then developed that considered such factors as the financial investment necessary to address each gap, the likelihood of resulting technology developments to comply with regulatory requirements, 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 2016, OMSHR had awarded more than 120 technology development and commercialization contracts or interagency agreements in its execution of the MINER Act. Candidates for these contracts are principally solicited in the form of concept papers by way of Broad Agency Announcements on the Mining Program's Funding Opportunities page.

OMSHR has also awarded over 15 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 2016, OMSHR had provided capacity-building funding in ventilation (9 different universities, 11 different faculty members) and ground control engineering (8 different universities, 10 different faculty members), and had supported a total of 134 graduate students, 65 current students, and  64 MS or PhD graduating degree holders since the program’s inception in 2009.

Contracts List

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TitleShort DescriptionContractorContract/IAG #Topic Area(s)Completed
A Compact, Wearable, Personal Monitor for Real-Time Detection of Nitrogen Dioxide in MinesA 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.Platypus Technologies, LLC211-2013-569170
A Magnetic Communication System for Use in Mine EnvironmentsA 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.Lockheed Martin Corporation 200-2007-228431
A Wearable Multivariable Sensor for NO2 and CO DetectionA 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.General Electric200-2014-593951
Adapting Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD) to Coal Miner RescueA contract to evaluate the practicality and permissibility of modern laser-based technology for remotely detecting and mapping potentially explosive methane accumulations.Physical Sciences, Inc.200-2011-405651
Advanced Software Radio Techniques for Improved Range and Reliability of Digital Through-the-Earth Communication SystemsA 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.Vital Alert Communications, Inc.200-2013-568091
Analysis of Mine Seismicity and Geotechnical Modeling for Improved Safety in Underground Coal MinesA 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.University of Utah200-2011-396140
Application of Extreme Power Line Communication Methods to Mine EnvironmentsA 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.Northern Microdesign, Inc.200-2010-360051
Assessing, Modeling, and Cooling Underground Workings in Deep and Hot MinesA capacity-building contract to understand, analyze, and engineer the thermal and psychometric working conditions in deep and hot underground mines.University of Nevada, Reno211-2014-597220
Assessment of Technology for Non-destructive Testing of In-situ Underground Mine SealsA 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.Cardno MM&A200-2012-524971
Atmospheric Analysis of Refuge AlternativesAn 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.NASA Ames Research Center08FED8983541
Battery TechnologyA contract to develop technology that is broadly applicable to mobile and battery-driven equipment in hazardous environments.Innovative Wireless Technologies200-2014-587520
Best Practice Review of Atmospheric Monitoring Practices for Fire and Explosion Prevention Using Tube Bundle SystemsA 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.Department of Natural Resources and Mines (SIMTARS)200-2013-569491
Building Capacity and Enhancing Ground Control Safety through Improvement and Extension of the LaModel ProgramA 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.West Virginia University200-2011-403420
Canopy Air Curtain to Reduce Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure for Shuttle Car OperatorsA contract to extend canopy air curtain technology to shuttle car operators by developing a canopy air curtain system for shuttle cars that will reduce the operators’ respirable dust exposure.Marshall University200-2015-634850
Coal Mine Dust Mitigation Through Novel Scrubber Development and Numerical ModelingA capacity-building contract focused on coal dust mitigation utilizing a novel scrubber and numerical modeling.University of Kentucky200-2014-599220
Combustion Modeling and Spontaneous Combustion Prevention in Longwall GobsA capacity-building contract to examine the explosion and fire hazards in the gobs of underground longwall coal mines through physical and numerical modeling.Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines211-2014-600500
Communication and Hazard Monitoring in Bleeders and Remote WorkingsA contract to extend communication and hazard monitoring into bleeders or other remote workings in an active underground coal mine.Kutta Technologies200-2012-536241
Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for Underground MinesA 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.Colorado School of Mines200-2009-314091
Continuous Float Dust MonitorA contract to design, fabricate, and test a continuous float dust monitor (CFDM) in both a laboratory setting and in a test coal mine environment.AKITA Innovations, LLC200-2013-572321
Cryogenic Life Support Technology Development ProjectAn interagency agreement to develop cryogenic breathing apparatus and supply/filling systems for mine escape, rescue, and refuge.NASA Kennedy Space Center12FED12132590
Deep Coal Mine Safety Studies to Promote Development of Recommendations for Deep Coal Mine Safety through Monitoring Seismic Events A contract to investigate and report on the state-of-the-art in mine seismic monitoring systems and methodologies as applied to deep coal mining.The University of Utah 200-2008-254381
Demonstration of Inertial Sensor Tracking and Communication SystemA 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.InSeT Systems, LLC200-2010-346871
Demonstration of the Ability of Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technologies to Enhance Mine SafetyA 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.Montana Tech of the University of Montana211-2014-595800
Design and Construction Considerations for a Protected Compressed Air Line to a Refuge AlternativeA 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.University of Kentucky200-2014-600470
Design and Demonstration of a Location Tracking System for Underground Coal Mines (Award 1)A contract to develop a miner tracking system based on inertial navigation technology.Extreme Endeavors and Consulting200-2007-212491
Design and Demonstration of a Location Tracking System for Underground Coal Mines (Award 2) A contract to design and demonstrate a location tracking system for underground coal mines using ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology.L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions (now Engility Corporation)200-2007-212501
Design of Underground Mine Seals Under Explosive Events A contract to establish guidelines for mine seal design under static and dynamic loading conditions from gas and/or dust explosions within sealed areas.West Virginia University 200-2007-225411
Designing a Pilot Program for Strategic Mine Safety and Health Improvements through the Use of Surveillance Data to Guide Targeted Inspection ActivitiesA contract to design a pilot program for strategic mine safety and health improvements through the use of surveillance data to guide targeted inspection activities.Leland Stanford Junior University200-2009-288201
Designing a Statistical Algorithm for Strategic Identification and Development of New Mine Safety Technologies and Technological ApplicationsA 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.Stanford University200-2014-594480
Develop a Means to Model Network Performance Using Network Simulation Tools An interagency agreement to develop modeling and simulation tools to evaluate the performance of underground mine wireless communications networks.U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST08FEB8983451
Development and Demonstration of a Robotic Support Vehicle for Underground Mine Rescue EffortsA 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.ROHMAC, Inc.200-2014-592740
Development and Demonstration of the Battelle Barrier Survival System A contract to design, test, develop, and demonstrate a prototype for an advanced mine barrier survival system (MBSS).Battelle Memorial Institute200-2007-220671
Development and Testing of a Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV)A contract to acquire, prototype construct, test, and evaluatue Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) subsystem components along with their integration into the MEV vehicle platform.Raytheon UTD200-2010-367231
Development of a Low Cost LIDAR Ground Control Hazard Detecting NetworkA contract to develop an inexpensive LIDAR scanner to detect minute roof and rib changes that could serve as an early warning system for mines.Missouri University of Science and Technology200-2016-911550
Development of a Method for the Remote Characterization of Underground Mine Ventilation Control by Multiple Tracer GasesA capacity-building contract to develop a method to remotely characterize underground mine ventilation control by multiple tracer gases.Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2009-319331
Development of a Mine Rescue Drilling System and Robotics Mission Feasibility StudyAn interagency agreement to conduct experiments to improve the efficiency and speed of drilling operations and develop robots and robotic assist technology.Sandia National Laboratories 08FED8983491
Development of a Seismic System for Locating Trapped MinersA 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.West Virginia University Research Corporation200-2011-398851
Development of a Severe Injury Surveillance System for Hazard Identification and Guiding Technological Interventions A contract to develop a Severe Injury Surveillance System using the Mine Safety and Health Administration's accident/injury/illness database.University of Arizona200-2008-248581
Development of a Uniform Methodology for Evaluating Coal Mine Tracking SystemsA contract to develop and demonstrate a methodology for the uniform evaluation of tracking technologies in underground coal mines.Virginia Polytechnic Institute200-2010-361401
Development of a Wireless Test and Measurement Tool for Use in Mines A 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.Helium Networks 200-2008-24620C1
Development of an Anti-Caking Rock DustA contract to develop anti-caking rock dust products.IMERYS200-2012-524961
Development of an Improved Mine Escape Breathing Apparatus through Efficiency Improvement Study of Current Self-RescuersAn interagency agreement to reduce the size, weight, and ergonomic impact of SCSRs.Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division13FED13133011
Development of both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-RescuerA 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.Technical Products, Inc.200-2007-195691
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV)A contract to deliver working prototypes of docking and switch-over valves that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus.Avon Protection Systems, Inc.200-2012-527881
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV/HMC)A 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.Essex Industries, Inc.200-2012-528791
Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV/HMC/VHPC)A 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.Carleton Technologies, Inc.200-2012-526241
Development of Dust Control Units for Underground Coal MinesA contract to design, construct, and test two new dust collection components for continuous mining operations in underground coal mines.J.H. Fletcher & Co.200-2010-361641
Development of Guidelines for Safely Managing Electrical Equipment and Systems in Underground Mines During Mine Emergencies and Other Abnormal Circumstances A contract to develop guidelines to enable workers to manage electrical equipment in a mine during an emergency.Foster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)200-2008-265561
Development of Heat Mitigation Systems for Refuge Alternatives used in Underground Coal MinesA contract to develop a heat mitigation system for refuge alternatives.DRS Environmental Systems, Inc.200-2016-919010
Development of Strength Criteria for Coal and Nonsedimentary Rock Masses and Investigation of Underground and Open Pit Mine Stability of Such Rock MassesA 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.University of Arizona200-2011-398860
Dispersibility Testing of Dried Wet and Foam Rock DustA contract to test the dispersibility of conventional dry-applied rock dust versus new wet and foam rock dusts and aid rock dust suppliers and equipment manufacturers with development of new wet and foam rock dusts.Colorado School of Mines200-2016-901520
DPM Research: Monitoring Responses to Ventilation and Control by Water Sprays, and Capacity Building for Mine Ventilation ExpertiseA capacity-building contract focused on the use of ventilation in controlling diesel particulate matter (DPM) levels, particularly in the context of challenging mining conditions.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University200-2014-596460
Efficiency Improvement Study of Mine Rescue Breathing Apparatus and Development of an Improved Prototype CCBAAn interagency agreement to investigate alternative system designs or current system modifications for mine rescue breathing apparatus, to determine the extent of potential efficiency improvements.Naval Sea Systems Command12FED12133141
Electromagnetic Noise Data Acquisition for the Evaluation of TTE Communications in Coal MinesA contract to improve the performance of TTE radio systems intended for use in coal mine emergency communications between the mine and the surface.Vital Alert Communications, Inc.211-2014-590750
Emergency Seismic Communication System for the Mining IndustryA contract to explore a new communication technology that re-uses undersea modem technology and concepts for seismic communication within the mining industry.Teledyne Brown Engineering200-2009-290661
Engineered Solutions - Dump Truck Vibrations and Impact on Operator Safety in High-Impact Shovel Loading OperationsA 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.Missouri University of Science and Technology200-2011-408171
Enhancing Mine Safety via Intrinsically Safe Battery-Powered Wireless Sensor NetworkA contract to provide a fully wireless, battery-operated, atmospheric, gas monitor solution that is rapidly deployable.Innovative Wireless Technologies200-2013-569480
Evaluating the Inherent Safety of Li-ion Batteries in Portable Electronics Used in Underground Mine EnvironmentsA contract to experimentally evaluate the inherent safety of Li-ion batteries used in portable electronic devices for underground mine applications.University of Kentucky200-2013-568081
Extending and Monitoring the Scrubber Performance in Escape and Rescue Mining RebreathersAn interagency agreement to extend and monitor the scrubber performance in escape and rescue mining rebreathers.Navy Experimental Diving Unit12FED12133251
Feasibility Study: Vision-Aided Personal Inertial Tracking System for Mining A 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.Carnegie Mellon University200-2010-35935 1
Full-Wave Modeling of MF PropagationA contract to develop models of MF propagation in mines based on the results simulated through full-wave electromagnetic models.Pennsylvania State University200-2010-363171
Gemini-Scout Mine Rescue Vehicle UpdateThis contract empowered Sandia Laboratories to update and improve three Gemini-Scout Mine Rescue vehicles for use in the field.Sandia Corporation15FED15180291
Generation of Geomechanical and Time-dependent Properties of Coal and Coal Measure RocksA 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.West Virginia University200-2011-406760
Identification of Potential Roof Problems Using LED Lighting & Numerical Modeling of Highwall Stability Using FLAC3DA 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.University of Kentucky200-2011-406280
Innovative Solutions for Heat Management in Hot Underground Mines: Ventilation Research and Capacity BuildingA capacity-building contract focused on state-of-the-art ventilation engineering related to the management of heat in hot underground mines.University of Arizona200-2014-599530
Instrumentation of Roof Bolt Drill for Ground Characterization, Mapping, and Support DesignA capacity-building contract to develop a roof bolt drill instrumented for ground characterization, mapping, and support design.Pennsylvania State University211-2011-411380
Integration of Sensing Technologies for Post-Event Monitoring of Hazardous Conditions in the Mining EnvironmentA 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.SenSevere200-2014-592531
Internal Short Circuit Detection for Improved Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Mining ApplicationsA contract to improve the safety of lithium-ion battery systems in order to reduce the risk posed by these batteries to mine workers.TIAX200-2014-587510
Intrinsically Safe Low-Power Methane Wireless Sensors for Mapping of Methane Gas CloudsA contract to develop intrinsically safe, low-power-consumption methane sensors for mapping of methane gas clouds accumulated in underground coal mines.General Electric Company200-2015-638060
Investigation of Reduced Order Fire Modeling for Improved Safety and Response in Underground Coal MinesA capacity-building contract to advance the body of knowledge in mine fires through modeling and application to ensure improved controls.Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2014-596690
Kutta OutCall Micropower Messaging System (KOMMS)A 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.Kutta Technologies200-2013-560501
Leaky Feeder Mine Communications SystemA contract to investigate techniques to increase the survivability of leaky feeder communication systems.Pillar Innovations LLC200-2007-200640
Leaky Feeder to Wireless Media Converter Device Technology DevelopmentA 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.Rajant Corporation200-2008-268151
LiDAR Technology Adaptation to Underground Coal Mines for Float Coal Dust and Rock Dust Mapping ApplicationsA contract to evaluate LiDAR sensing technology to estimate dispersion distances of float coal dust and assess adequacies of rock dust coverage over large areas.Electricore, Inc.200-2013-569471
Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Noise Cancelling Antenna SystemAn 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.Los Alamos National Laboratory11FED11133031
Magnetic Communication System (MCS)A 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.Lockheed Martin Corporation200-2009-320211
Magneto-Inductive TTE CommunicationsA contract to fabricate and test through-the-earth communication devices in an underground mine.Ultra Electronics Canada Defence, Inc.200-2009-312921
Mechanisms of Coal Dust Explosions and Their PreventionA contract to explore when and how a secondary dust explosion initates and propagates.University of Maryland200-2015-640910
Medium Frequency Radio System Modifications for Refuge Chamber Situational AwarenessA contract to modify medium frequency radio systems to improve refuge chamber situational awareness in an underground coal mine.Kutta Technologies200-2012-535041
Metering and Distribution Improvements to Increase the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Rock DustersA 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.ROHMAC Inc.200-2012-536261
Method for Improving Ventilation & Gas Monitoring with an Advanced Fiber Optic Based Mine-Wide Monitoring SystemA 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.RSL Fiber Systems¬†200-2012-525151
Methods to De-Energize BatteriesA 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.TIAX LLC211-2013-570761
Mine Communications Engineering and Compatibility GuidelinesA 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.DISA Joint Spectrum Center08FED8983531
Mine Escape Vehicle Concept InvestigationA 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.Raytheon UTD200-2008-248261
Mine Escape Vehicle Technology Retrofit DemonstrationA 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.Raytheon UTD, Inc.200-2013-567951
Miniaturized Wearable Personal Dust Exposure Monitor for Respirable and Alveolar Dust in Underground Coal MinesA contract to design and develop a miniaturized personal dust monitor for miners.University of Illinois200-2016-911530
Mining and Industrial Safety Technology and Training InnovationA contract in the form of a grant to investigate how modern technologies and educational approaches can improve mine safety.Wheeling Jesuit University1H75OH0098221
Mobile Adaptable RF/IT Infrastructure - Experimental (MATRIX) A 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.St. Francis University Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas200-2008-274441
Modeling Natural Gas Explosions for Coal Mine SafetyA contract to simulate the development and evolution of natural gas (NG) explosions in mine tunnels.U.S. Naval Research Laboratory08FED8983421
Modernization and Further Development of the NIOSH Mine Emergency Response Training System (MERITS), Phase 1 A 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.Orion International Technologies 200-2008-238581
New Technologies for Identifying and Understanding Ground Stability HazardsA capacity-building contract to quantify the ground response in underground coal mines with different geologic settings and depths of cover.Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University200-2011-403130
New Vest Style Escape SCSR Through SCSR Efficiency Improvement StudyAn 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.Navy Experimental Diving Unit12FED12132441
Noise Reduction of Continuous Miner Scrubber Fan SystemA contract to reduce the noise generated by the scrubber fan system present on continuous mining machines.AVEC, Inc.200-2016-905470
Numerical Modeling of Gas Emissions and Cave Ventilation in Block Caving MinesA capacity-building contract focused on developing practical mine ventilation engineering tools for safe and effective massive underground mining operations.South Dakota School of Mines & Technology200-2014-596130
Passive Fiber Optic System for Locating, Tracking, and Communicating with Personnel in Coal Mines A contract to develop and demonstrate a modified, fiber optic-based perimeter security system to track personnel in an underground coal mine.US Sensor Systems Inc.200-2008-245021
Passive Seismic Tomography for Monitoring Stress Redistribution at the Galena MineA contract on passive seismic tomography for monitoring stress redistribution at the Galena Mine.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 200-2015-634560
Performance and Safety Investigation of Emergency Backup Batteries and Battery Charging Systems for Underground Mining Applications A 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.Foster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)254-2008-270241
Performance-Based Fire Safety Designs for Self-Escape in Underground MinesA 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.Missouri University200-2009-307660
Personal Air Safety System (PASS)A 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.International Electronic Machines Corporation200-2014-587530
Post-Accident AMS SystemA contract to develop a robust, intrinsically safe system that will incorporate atmospheric monitoring, two-way communications and miner tracking, all in a single network.CONSPEC Controls Inc.200-2009-315021
Practical Risk Assessment Guidelines for Identifying, Assessing, and Mitigating Stored Energy Hazards in Underground Coal Mines During and After a Mine Emergency A 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).URS Group Incorporated200-2009-313461
RA Heat Mitigation System Utilizing Advanced Liquid Air TechnologiesA contract to develop a heat and humidity mitigation system for refuge alternatives.Cryo Life Support Systems, Inc.200-2016-911940
Radio System Modifications for Improved Mine Safety (Medium Frequency)A contract to increase the performance of medium frequency communications in underground mines.Kutta Technologies, Inc.200-2010-352951
Rapid Response Rescue Drilling System Development for Mine Rescue ApplicationA contract to identify equipment needs, available contractors, and the development and demonstration process for a rapid response drilling system for mine rescue operations.Center Rock, Inc.200-2011-406821
Real-Time Hazard Recognition Using Video GaugeA contract to adapt and use existing pattern-detection technology to identify minute changes in the mine environment.RESPEC Inc.200-2016-904160
Reduction of Noise Exposure in Underground Mines by Improving Auxiliary Ventilation TechnologiesA contract to develop ventilation technologies to reduce noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the mining industry.University of Utah200-2015-635400
Refinement of and Integration of New Features into a Prototype for Long-Term and Post-Event Environmental Monitoring in Remote Areas of the MineA contract to further refine a prototype for remote sensing in an underground mine environment.SenSevere LLC200-2016-911950
Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines A contract to develop engineering guidelines associated with the location, construction, and general application of various refuge alternatives.Foster-Miller, Inc. (now Qinetiq, North America)200-2007-202761
Refuge Chamber Deployment and Occupancy Status During Mine Emergency SituationsA 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.Lockheed Martin Corporation200-2012-529331
Remote Methane Sensors A contract to integrate a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) component into specialized electronics to measure methane levels in underground coal mines.Ion Optics, Inc.200-2008-24373c1
Resource Identification for Improvement of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Underground Coal MinesA 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.URS CorporationNA1
Roof Resistivity Monitoring System (RRMS)A contract to explore how Roof Resistivity Monitoring can be used as both a real-time warning system as well as a means of locating problem areas to guide engineers to adjust their support methods. C-2 Innovations, Inc.200-2015-635410
Safe and Economical Inerting of Sealed Mine Areas A 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.On Site Gas Systems, Inc. 200-2008-24811c1
Safety Aspects of Mine Ventilation Through Technical Development and TrainingA capacity-building contract to investigate safety aspects of mine ventilation through technical development and training.University of Kentucky200-2009-306781
Safety, Health, and Ventilation Cost Benefit Optimization with Simulation and ControlA 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.University of Nevada200-2009-301571
Sensors for Automated Control of Coal Dust (SACCD)A 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.University of California200-2013-571551
Smart Escape SCBAA 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.Avon Protection Systems200-2011-406871
Snake Robot for Mine RescueA 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.Raytheon Sarcos, LLC200-2009-307211
Sprinkler Head Emergency Communications A 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.Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation200-2008-262931
Strengthening an Existing 20-PSI Mine Seal with PPG's Polyurea Coated RetrofitA 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.PPG Industries200-2007-204261
Structural Analysis and Design of Seals for Coal Mine Safety A contract to transfer protective structure design technology from the defense establishment to the design and construction of seals in the coal industry.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers08FED8983431
Subterranean Wireless Electronic Communication System An interagency agreement to design and develop a subterranean wireless electronic communications system for the U.S. Army.U.S. Army CERDEC 07FED7178011
Supplementary Technologies for Advanced Mine Communication NetworksA 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.Foundation Telecommunications Inc.200-2008-246281
System Reliability and Environmental SurvivabilityA 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.Foster-Miller, Inc. (now QinetiQ North America)200-2008-268641
Technical Solutions for Enhancements to Mine Safety Using Barricade II Fire Blocking Gel A contract to evaluate the use of Barricade II Fire Blocking Gel for use in mine fire prevention, control, or fire suppression technologies.Northwest Barricade LLC 200-2008-24618c1
Technology Upgrade of the Sarcos Snake RobotA contract to provide a technology upgrade to the Sarcos snake robot that was built to assist in mine emergencies.Sarcos, LLC200-2015-M-624111
The Role of Gas Desorption in the Energetic Failure of Coal A 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.The Pennsylvania State University 200-2008-257021
Through-the-Earth (TTE) Communications: Range Reliability ImprovementsA 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.Lockheed Martin200-2013-561281
Through-the-Earth Communication Antenna Feasibility DemonstrationA contract to develop new antenna configurations to improve performance and utility of through-the-earth (TTE) communications systems once deployed in underground coal mines.Raytheon-UTD 200-2014-586881
Through-the-Earth Communication Systems for Underground Coal Mines: Product Final Development and Standardized Interface DefinitionA contract to extend the operational range of a through-the-earth communications system while maintaining the portability and permissibility of the subsurface unit.E-Spectrum Technologies, Inc.200-2011-398841
Through-The-Earth Wireless Real-Time Two-Way Voice Communications A contract to design, build, and demonstrate a battery-powered, through-the-earth wireless voice communication system for overburdens of up to 600 feet.Alertek, LLC200-2008-257201
Two-Way, Through-the-Earth Emergency Communication System for Trapped Miners and the Surface A 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.Stolar Research, Inc.200-2009-321171
Ultra-Low Frequency Through-the-Earth Communication TechnologyA contract to analyze, adapt, and test an existing ultra-low frequency (ULF), through-the-earth system for communication and tracking of underground mine personnel.E-Spectrum Technologies 200-2008-268181
Underground Mine Diesel Particulate Monitor NetworkA 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.Nomadics, Inc.200-2010-369011
Underground Vehicle Guidance Technology RefinementA contract to aid miners who, during an emergency underground evacuation, have to travel through obscured visual conditions.Raytheon 200-2015-635391
Universal Mobile Refuge Alternatives Thermal Simulation Modeling ToolA 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.University of Nevada, Reno200-2014-592540
Using Advanced Large-Format Energy Storage Technology in Underground MinesA 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.General Electric Company200-2014-590351
Utilization of Booster Fans in Underground Coal MinesA 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.University of Utah200-2009-303281
Ventilation of Deep Open Pit Mines with Special Reference to Air Inversion in Arctic or Subarctic RegionsA 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.University of Alaska Fairbanks200-2009-319680
Weak Rock Mass in Nevada Gold Mines: Behavior, Support Design, and PerformanceA capacity-building contract to address ground control design issues in weak rock masses in Nevada.University of Nevada, Reno200-2011-399650
Wireless Mesh Mine Communication System A contract to design, adapt, construct, install, and evaluate a wireless mesh communication network in an underground coal mine.L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions (now Engility Corporation)200-2007-203881
Wireless Sensor Network with Methane Gas Cloud Detector and Absolute Pressure SensorA contract to (1) conduct absolute pressure measurement and recording in both non-permissable and permissable areas of a coal mine and (2) explore methane gas cloud detection, measurement, and visualization.Innovative Wireless Technologies200-2015-635011
Wireless Through-The-Earth Modeling and SupportA contract to determine the factors that most affect signal transmission and reception for through-the-earth communication systems.Lockheed Martin Corporation200-2011-398621