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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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Title Short Description Contractor Contract/IAG # Topic Area(s) Completed
A Compact, Wearable, Personal Monitor for Real-Time Detection of Nitrogen Dioxide in Mines A 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, LLC 211-2013-56917 1
A Magnetic Communication System for Use in Mine Environments A 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 200-2007-22843 1
A Wearable Multivariable Sensor for NO2 and CO Detection A 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 Electric 200-2014-59395 1
Adapting Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD) to Coal Miner Rescue A contract to evaluate the practicality and permissibility of modern laser-based technology for remotely detecting and mapping potentially explosive methane accumulations. Physical Sciences, Inc. 200-2011-40565 1
Advanced Software Radio Techniques for Improved Range and Reliability of Digital Through-the-Earth Communication Systems A 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. 200-2013-56809 1
Analysis of Mine Seismicity and Geotechnical Modeling for Improved Safety in Underground Coal Mines A 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 Utah 200-2011-39614 1
Application of Extreme Power Line Communication Methods to Mine Environments A 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. 200-2010-36005 1
Assessing, Modeling, and Cooling Underground Workings in Deep and Hot Mines A capacity-building contract to understand, analyze, and engineer the thermal and psychometric working conditions in deep and hot underground mines. University of Nevada, Reno 211-2014-59722 0
Assessment of Technology for Non-destructive Testing of In-situ Underground Mine Seals A 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&A 200-2012-52497 1
Atmospheric Analysis of Refuge Alternatives An 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 Center 08FED898354 1
Battery Technology A contract to develop technology that is broadly applicable to mobile and battery-driven equipment in hazardous environments. Innovative Wireless Technologies 200-2014-58752 0
Best Practice Review of Atmospheric Monitoring Practices for Fire and Explosion Prevention Using Tube Bundle Systems A 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) 200-2013-56949 1
Building Capacity and Enhancing Ground Control Safety through Improvement and Extension of the LaModel Program A 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 University 200-2011-40342 1
Canopy Air Curtain to Reduce Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure for Shuttle Car Operators A 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 University 200-2015-63485 0
Coal Mine Dust Mitigation Through Novel Scrubber Development and Numerical Modeling A capacity-building contract focused on coal dust mitigation utilizing a novel scrubber and numerical modeling. University of Kentucky 200-2014-59922 0
Combustion Modeling and Spontaneous Combustion Prevention in Longwall Gobs A 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 Mines 211-2014-60050 0
Communication and Hazard Monitoring in Bleeders and Remote Workings A contract to extend communication and hazard monitoring into bleeders or other remote workings in an active underground coal mine. Kutta Technologies 200-2012-53624 1
Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for Underground Mines A 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 Mines 200-2009-31409 1
Continuous Float Dust Monitor A 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, LLC 200-2013-57232 1
Cryogenic Life Support Technology Development Project An interagency agreement to develop cryogenic breathing apparatus and supply/filling systems for mine escape, rescue, and refuge. NASA Kennedy Space Center 12FED1213259 1
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 200-2008-25438 1
Demonstration of Inertial Sensor Tracking and Communication System A 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, LLC 200-2010-34687 1
Demonstration of the Ability of Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technologies to Enhance Mine Safety A 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 Montana 211-2014-59580 1
Design and Construction Considerations for a Protected Compressed Air Line to a Refuge Alternative A 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 Kentucky 200-2014-60047 1
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 Consulting 200-2007-21249 1
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) 200-2007-21250 1
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 200-2007-22541 1
Designing a Pilot Program for Strategic Mine Safety and Health Improvements through the Use of Surveillance Data to Guide Targeted Inspection Activities A 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 University 200-2009-28820 1
Designing a Statistical Algorithm for Strategic Identification and Development of New Mine Safety Technologies and Technological Applications A 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 University 200-2014-59448 1
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, NIST 08FEB898345 1
Development and Demonstration of a Robotic Support Vehicle for Underground Mine Rescue Efforts A 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. 200-2014-59274 1
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 Institute 200-2007-22067 1
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 UTD 200-2010-36723 1
Development of a Low Cost LIDAR Ground Control Hazard Detecting Network A 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 Technology 200-2016-91155 0
Development of a Method for the Remote Characterization of Underground Mine Ventilation Control by Multiple Tracer Gases A capacity-building contract to develop a method to remotely characterize underground mine ventilation control by multiple tracer gases. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 200-2009-31933 1
Development of a Mine Rescue Drilling System and Robotics Mission Feasibility Study An interagency agreement to conduct experiments to improve the efficiency and speed of drilling operations and develop robots and robotic assist technology. Sandia National Laboratories 08FED898349 1
Development of a Seismic System for Locating Trapped Miners A 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 Corporation 200-2011-39885 1
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 Arizona 200-2008-24858 1
Development of a Uniform Methodology for Evaluating Coal Mine Tracking Systems A contract to develop and demonstrate a methodology for the uniform evaluation of tracking technologies in underground coal mines. Virginia Polytechnic Institute 200-2010-36140 1
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 200-2008-24620C 1
Development of an Anti-Caking Rock Dust A contract to develop anti-caking rock dust products. IMERYS 200-2012-52496 1
Development of an Improved Mine Escape Breathing Apparatus through Efficiency Improvement Study of Current Self-Rescuers An interagency agreement to reduce the size, weight, and ergonomic impact of SCSRs. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division 13FED1313301 1
Development of both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-Rescuer A 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. 200-2007-19569 1
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. 200-2012-52788 1
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. 200-2012-52879 1
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. 200-2012-52624 1
Development of Dust Control Units for Underground Coal Mines A contract to design, construct, and test two new dust collection components for continuous mining operations in underground coal mines. J.H. Fletcher & Co. 200-2010-36164 1
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) 200-2008-26556 1
Development of Heat Mitigation Systems for Refuge Alternatives used in Underground Coal Mines A contract to develop a heat mitigation system for refuge alternatives. DRS Environmental Systems, Inc. 200-2016-91901 1
Development of Strength Criteria for Coal and Nonsedimentary Rock Masses and Investigation of Underground and Open Pit Mine Stability of Such Rock Masses A 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 Arizona 200-2011-39886 1
Dispersibility Testing of Dried Wet and Foam Rock Dust A 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 Mines 200-2016-90152 0
DPM Research: Monitoring Responses to Ventilation and Control by Water Sprays, and Capacity Building for Mine Ventilation Expertise A 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 University 200-2014-59646 0
Efficiency Improvement Study of Mine Rescue Breathing Apparatus and Development of an Improved Prototype CCBA An 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 Command 12FED1213314 1
Electromagnetic Noise Data Acquisition for the Evaluation of TTE Communications in Coal Mines A 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. 211-2014-59075 0
Emergency Seismic Communication System for the Mining Industry A contract to explore a new communication technology that re-uses undersea modem technology and concepts for seismic communication within the mining industry. Teledyne Brown Engineering 200-2009-29066 1
Engineered Solutions - Dump Truck Vibrations and Impact on Operator Safety in High-Impact Shovel Loading Operations A 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 Technology 200-2011-40817 1
Enhancing Mine Safety via Intrinsically Safe Battery-Powered Wireless Sensor Network A contract to provide a fully wireless, battery-operated, atmospheric, gas monitor solution that is rapidly deployable. Innovative Wireless Technologies 200-2013-56948 1
Evaluating the Inherent Safety of Li-ion Batteries in Portable Electronics Used in Underground Mine Environments A contract to experimentally evaluate the inherent safety of Li-ion batteries used in portable electronic devices for underground mine applications. University of Kentucky 200-2013-56808 1
Extending and Monitoring the Scrubber Performance in Escape and Rescue Mining Rebreathers An interagency agreement to extend and monitor the scrubber performance in escape and rescue mining rebreathers. Navy Experimental Diving Unit 12FED1213325 1
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 University 200-2010-35935 1
Full-Wave Modeling of MF Propagation A contract to develop models of MF propagation in mines based on the results simulated through full-wave electromagnetic models. Pennsylvania State University 200-2010-36317 1
Gemini-Scout Mine Rescue Vehicle Update This contract empowered Sandia Laboratories to update and improve three Gemini-Scout Mine Rescue vehicles for use in the field. Sandia Corporation 15FED1518029 1
Generation of Geomechanical and Time-dependent Properties of Coal and Coal Measure Rocks A 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 University 200-2011-40676 1
Identification of Potential Roof Problems Using LED Lighting & Numerical Modeling of Highwall Stability Using FLAC3D A 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 Kentucky 200-2011-40628 1
Innovative Solutions for Heat Management in Hot Underground Mines: Ventilation Research and Capacity Building A capacity-building contract focused on state-of-the-art ventilation engineering related to the management of heat in hot underground mines. University of Arizona 200-2014-59953 0
Instrumentation of Roof Bolt Drill for Ground Characterization, Mapping, and Support Design A capacity-building contract to develop a roof bolt drill instrumented for ground characterization, mapping, and support design. Pennsylvania State University 211-2011-41138 1
Integration of Sensing Technologies for Post-Event Monitoring of Hazardous Conditions in the Mining Environment A 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. SenSevere 200-2014-59253 1
Internal Short Circuit Detection for Improved Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Mining Applications A contract to improve the safety of lithium-ion battery systems in order to reduce the risk posed by these batteries to mine workers. TIAX 200-2014-58751 1
Intrinsically Safe Low-Power Methane Wireless Sensors for Mapping of Methane Gas Clouds A contract to develop intrinsically safe, low-power-consumption methane sensors for mapping of methane gas clouds accumulated in underground coal mines. General Electric Company 211-2015-63806 1
Investigation of Reduced Order Fire Modeling for Improved Safety and Response in Underground Coal Mines A capacity-building contract to advance the body of knowledge in mine fires through modeling and application to ensure improved controls. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 200-2014-59669 0
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 Technologies 200-2013-56050 1
Leaky Feeder Mine Communications System A contract to investigate techniques to increase the survivability of leaky feeder communication systems. Pillar Innovations LLC 200-2007-20064 0
Leaky Feeder to Wireless Media Converter Device Technology Development A 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 Corporation 200-2008-26815 1
LiDAR Technology Adaptation to Underground Coal Mines for Float Coal Dust and Rock Dust Mapping Applications A 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. 200-2013-56947 1
Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Noise Cancelling Antenna System An 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 Laboratory 11FED1113303 1
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 Corporation 200-2009-32021 1
Magneto-Inductive TTE Communications A contract to fabricate and test through-the-earth communication devices in an underground mine. Ultra Electronics Canada Defence, Inc. 200-2009-31292 1
Mechanisms of Coal Dust Explosions and Their Prevention A contract to explore when and how a secondary dust explosion initates and propagates. University of Maryland 200-2015-64091 0
Medium Frequency Radio System Modifications for Refuge Chamber Situational Awareness A contract to modify medium frequency radio systems to improve refuge chamber situational awareness in an underground coal mine. Kutta Technologies 200-2012-53504 1
Metering and Distribution Improvements to Increase the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Rock Dusters A 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. 200-2012-53626 1
Method for Improving Ventilation & Gas Monitoring with an Advanced Fiber Optic Based Mine-Wide Monitoring System A 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� 200-2012-52515 1
Methods to De-Energize Batteries A 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 LLC 211-2013-57076 1
Mine Communications Engineering and Compatibility Guidelines A 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 Center 08FED898353 1
Mine Escape Vehicle Concept Investigation A 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 UTD 200-2008-24826 1
Mine Escape Vehicle Technology Retrofit Demonstration A 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. 200-2013-56795 1
Miniaturized Wearable Personal Dust Exposure Monitor for Respirable and Alveolar Dust in Underground Coal Mines A contract to design and develop a miniaturized personal dust monitor for miners. University of Illinois 200-2016-91153 0
Mining and Industrial Safety Technology and Training Innovation A contract in the form of a grant to investigate how modern technologies and educational approaches can improve mine safety. Wheeling Jesuit University 1H75OH009822 1
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 Areas 200-2008-27444 1
Modeling Natural Gas Explosions for Coal Mine Safety A contract to simulate the development and evolution of natural gas (NG) explosions in mine tunnels. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory 08FED898342 1
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 200-2008-23858 1
New Technologies for Identifying and Understanding Ground Stability Hazards A capacity-building contract to quantify the ground response in underground coal mines with different geologic settings and depths of cover. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 200-2011-40313 1
New Vest Style Escape SCSR Through SCSR Efficiency Improvement Study An 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 Unit 12FED1213244 1
Noise Reduction of Continuous Miner Scrubber Fan System A contract to reduce the noise generated by the scrubber fan system present on continuous mining machines. AVEC, Inc. 200-2016-90547 0
Numerical Modeling of Gas Emissions and Cave Ventilation in Block Caving Mines A capacity-building contract focused on developing practical mine ventilation engineering tools for safe and effective massive underground mining operations. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 200-2014-59613 0
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. 200-2008-24502 1
Passive Seismic Tomography for Monitoring Stress Redistribution at the Galena Mine A contract on passive seismic tomography for monitoring stress redistribution at the Galena Mine. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 200-2015-63456 1
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) 254-2008-27024 1
Performance-Based Fire Safety Designs for Self-Escape in Underground Mines A 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 University 200-2009-30766 1
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 Corporation 200-2014-58753 1
Post-Accident AMS System A 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. 200-2009-31502 1
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 Incorporated 200-2009-31346 1
RA Heat Mitigation System Utilizing Advanced Liquid Air Technologies A contract to develop a heat and humidity mitigation system for refuge alternatives. Cryo Life Support Systems, Inc. 200-2016-91194 0
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. 200-2010-35295 1
Rapid Response Rescue Drilling System Development for Mine Rescue Application A 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. 200-2011-40682 1
Real-Time Hazard Recognition Using Video Gauge A contract to adapt and use existing pattern-detection technology to identify minute changes in the mine environment. RESPEC Inc. 200-2016-90416 0
Reduction of Noise Exposure in Underground Mines by Improving Auxiliary Ventilation Technologies A contract to develop ventilation technologies to reduce noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the mining industry. University of Utah 200-2015-63540 1
Refinement of and Integration of New Features into a Prototype for Long-Term and Post-Event Environmental Monitoring in Remote Areas of the Mine A contract to further refine a prototype for remote sensing in an underground mine environment. SenSevere LLC 200-2016-91195 0
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) 200-2007-20276 1
Refuge Chamber Deployment and Occupancy Status During Mine Emergency Situations A 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 Corporation 200-2012-52933 1
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. 200-2008-24373c 1
Resource Identification for Improvement of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Underground Coal Mines A 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 Corporation NA 1
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. 200-2015-63541 1
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. 200-2008-24811c 1
Safety Aspects of Mine Ventilation Through Technical Development and Training A capacity-building contract to investigate safety aspects of mine ventilation through technical development and training. University of Kentucky 200-2009-30678 1
Safety, Health, and Ventilation Cost Benefit Optimization with Simulation and Control A 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 Nevada 200-2009-30157 1
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 California 200-2013-57155 1
Smart Escape SCBA A 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 Systems 200-2011-40687 1
Snake Robot for Mine Rescue A 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, LLC 200-2009-30721 1
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 Organisation 200-2008-26293 1
Strengthening an Existing 20-PSI Mine Seal with PPG's Polyurea Coated Retrofit A 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 Industries 200-2007-20426 1
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 Engineers 08FED898343 1
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 07FED717801 1
Supplementary Technologies for Advanced Mine Communication Networks A 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. 200-2008-24628 1
System Reliability and Environmental Survivability A 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) 200-2008-26864 1
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 200-2008-24618c 1
Technology Upgrade of the Sarcos Snake Robot A contract to provide a technology upgrade to the Sarcos snake robot that was built to assist in mine emergencies. Sarcos, LLC 200-2015-M-62411 1
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 200-2008-25702 1
Through-the-Earth (TTE) Communications: Range Reliability Improvements A 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 Martin 200-2013-56128 1
Through-the-Earth Communication Antenna Feasibility Demonstration A 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 200-2014-58688 1
Through-the-Earth Communication Systems for Underground Coal Mines: Product Final Development and Standardized Interface Definition A 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. 200-2011-39884 1
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, LLC 200-2008-25720 1
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. 200-2009-32117 1
Ultra-Low Frequency Through-the-Earth Communication Technology A 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 200-2008-26818 1
Underground Mine Diesel Particulate Monitor Network A 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. 200-2010-36901 1
Underground Vehicle Guidance Technology Refinement A contract to aid miners who, during an emergency underground evacuation, have to travel through obscured visual conditions. Raytheon 200-2015-63539 1
Universal Mobile Refuge Alternatives Thermal Simulation Modeling Tool A 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, Reno 200-2014-59254 1
Using Advanced Large-Format Energy Storage Technology in Underground Mines A 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 Company 200-2014-59035 1
Utilization of Booster Fans in Underground Coal Mines A 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 Utah 200-2009-30328 1
Ventilation of Deep Open Pit Mines with Special Reference to Air Inversion in Arctic or Subarctic Regions A 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 Fairbanks 200-2009-31968 1
Weak Rock Mass in Nevada Gold Mines: Behavior, Support Design, and Performance A capacity-building contract to address ground control design issues in weak rock masses in Nevada. University of Nevada, Reno 200-2011-39965 1
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) 200-2007-20388 1
Wireless Sensor Network with Methane Gas Cloud Detector and Absolute Pressure Sensor A 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 Technologies 200-2015-63501 1
Wireless Through-The-Earth Modeling and Support A contract to determine the factors that most affect signal transmission and reception for through-the-earth communication systems. Lockheed Martin Corporation 200-2011-39862 1