Missouri experimental mine upgrade gets go-ahead

THE experimental mine facility at Missouri University of Science and Technology is about to get a major facelift after its upgrade plans got the vote of approval from the school’s board of curators.
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Donna Schmidt

The university said it had been given the go-ahead for the $US2.4 ($A2.6) million project,

Half of the funds for the project will come from a request for money from the Higher Education Capital Fund. The remainder of the funding will come from an in-kind donation of an $850,000 pre-engineered building from Jack Kennedy Metal Products and Building and $350,000 in cash donations from Doe Run and Mississippi Lime.

The plan was approved at a September 12-13 meeting at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Under the HECF, also known as the 50/50 Match Program, campus projects with private donations or grants equal to half the cost of the project may apply for matching state funds for the remaining half.

Missouri S&T said the facility’s steel building would include 15,000 square feet of space for teaching and research and will house classrooms with a 180-student capacity.

Additionally, three laboratories will function as workstations for the university’s mine rescue and mucking teams for professional and intercollegiate competitions.

The upgraded complex will also have room to accommodate an increased number of students enrolled in the school’s mining and explosives engineering programs. Those programs have had a 130% spike in enrollment since 2006 growing to about 350 students.

Missouri S&T’s experimental mine can teach students about mine ventilation and atmospheric control, rock mechanics and ground control, drilling and blasting, explosives, mine survey, transportation and infrastructure, mineral processing, mine power and drainage and surface and underground mining methods.

The mine is also used by the US Army and the US Department of Homeland Security for tests and research.

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