Geomechanics Research
Focuses on geohazard assessment and the mitigation of
unpredictable rock behavior associated with deep underground mining.
Decision Support Software
Developing the next generation of software for mining
with an emphasis on modelling and optimization.
Sustainable Energy Solutions
Research focused on low carbon energy solutions for mine operations.
Safety Research & Training
Addresses issues related to Safety and Risk Management in the mining industry.
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Welcome to MIRARCO

Our talented academic and industry professionals offer their expertise to solve mining industry challenges through applied research. Our team finds innovative solutions by focusing on four core research domains: Geomechanics, Safety, Software, and Energy. 

SHORT COURSE

MIRARCO has launched a new “Deformation-Based Support Design for Burstprone Mines” short course created especially for mining industry professionals. The course has already been successfully delivered to mining companies, such as Glencore Engineers, in March 2021. To learn more about the value it can bring to your company.

News Release News

New Research Opportunity to Mitigate Risk for Snow Melt Management for Tailings Ponds in Mining Operations Receives Support from the Government of Ontario

Sudbury – May 3, 2021 - MIRARCO Mining Innovation, a research arm of Laurentian University, is pleased to announce the awarding...
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New Research Opportunity to Mitigate Risk for Snow Melt Management for Tailings Ponds in Mining Operations Receives Support from the Government of Ontario
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MIRARCO Appoints New Lab/Field Manager

MIRARCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alex Hutchison as the Lab/Field Manager. Dr. Hutchison is an experimental...
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MIRARCO Appoints New Lab/Field Manager
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Laurentian University Commences Proceedings Under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

As many of you are aware, Laurentian University commenced a proceeding under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) that will...
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Laurentian University Commences Proceedings Under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
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MIRARCO moves into Laurentian University’s campus

MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation) is moving its main offices to the second floor of Laurentian University’s...
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MIRARCO moves into Laurentian University’s campus
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Mirarco Appoints Dr. Chris Lane, P.Eng. Ph.D. as new Software Director

Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation, and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Lane as the...
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Mirarco Appoints Dr. Chris Lane, P.Eng. Ph.D. as new Software Director
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North Bay environmental group uneasy with investment in small modular reactors

Researcher says a communications plan about the science of small nuclear reactors is needed In remote communities and mining operations,...
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North Bay environmental group uneasy with investment in small modular reactors
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Latest Projects

Hydraulic Pre-conditioning of Highly Stressed Rock Masses
Natural Heat Exchange Engineering Technology (NHEET) for Mines
MoFrac - A software package developed at MIRARCO

MIRARCO’s Geomechanics Research Centre is introducing hydraulic pre-conditioning as a seismic hazard mitigation technology to Canadian mining. Building upon work funded through the Ultra Deep Mining Network, MIRARCO commissioned CW Manufacturing of Acheson, Alberta, a major oilfield equipment provider, to build a high pressure, high flow, diesel powered pump capable of easy transport to and within mines. The system, pictured in the accompanying photo is currently undergoing field trials.

MIRARCO’s Natural Heat Exchange Engineering Technology (NHEET) project aims to leverage previous collaborative research between MIRARCO and Vale on the natural heat exchange system at Vale’s Creighton Mine to determine how the benefits of this system can be replicated at other mine sites.

MoFrac that generates 3D fracture network models for rock mass characterization.
Driven by the need for safer and more efficient geotechnical design, MoFrac implements methods developed by R. Mohan Srivastava to create DFNs well-suited to both civil and mining applications.

There are many advantages to partnering with MIRARCO:

By becoming our industry partner, you gain a non-competitive collaborative platform for new projects. We are adaptable and responsive to all your industry needs.