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New engineering research project receives support by federal agency

MIRARCO research project aims to improve mining safety and productivity
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MIRARCO has received funding for a research project to improve mining safety and productivity. (Supplied photo)

SUDBURY, ON – May 10, 2021: MIRARCO Mining Innovation, a research arm of Laurentian University, is pleased to announce it has received funding for a research project aimed at incorporating realistic discrete fracture networks (DFNs) to investigate the excavation response of mining engineering structures so as to reduce rock engineering risk and improve mining safety and productivity.

The project has received $390,350 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Alliance program, which supports university researchers to collaborate with industry and academic partners to generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.

The project is supported by project partners Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and IAMGOLD Corporation who are providing financial and in-kind support.

This five-year research venture is led by Dr. Ming Cai, Geomechanics Research Chair at MIRARCO and full professor in the Bharti School Engineering at Laurentian University, in collaboration with researchers from Laurentian University and the University of British Columbia. A collaboration of 26 academic and industry partners, this project will also support the development and training of four highly qualified personnel.

About MIRARCO
MIRARCO, or Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation, and Applied Research Corporation, has been providing innovative solutions for mining industry challenges since our inception in 1998. We are a not-for-profit research arm of Laurentian University, Canada’s Mining University. Our team of talented academic and industry professionals offers expertise for applied research in: Rock Mechanics, Safety, Decision Support Software, and Energy.

About the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funds visionaries, explorers and innovators who are searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit our country. We are Canada’s largest supporter of discovery and innovation. We work with universities, colleges, businesses and not-for- profits to remove barriers, develop opportunities and attract new expertise to make Canada’s research community thrive. We give Canadian scientists and engineers the means to go further because we believe in research without borders and beyond frontiers.

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