Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction

EOAS Project Members: 
Erik Eberhardt

The Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC) is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art research and knowledge centre, tasked to play a leading role in the development and implementation of innovative step-change research and technology development for deep underground mines, designed to minimize delays and create value through speed and geo-risk mitigation. UBC-led research includes the development of a next-generation numerical design tool (3-D distinct-element bonded block model) to explicitly model stress-induced brittle failure and rock/support interactions for improved design of highly stressed mine pillars.

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