Mines opens Advanced Mineralogy Research Center

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Mines opens Advanced Mineralogy Research Center

GOLDEN, Colo., March 31, 2008 – Colorado School of Mines will celebrate the grand opening of the Advanced Mineralogy Research Center (AMRC) from 4 to 7 p.m. April 3 in the General Research Laboratory building,1310 Maple St., on the Mines campus in Golden.

“The advanced Mineralogy Research Center embodies the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education,” said Karin Hoal, AMRC director. “Because of its focus on quantitative mineral characterization, the center will provide expertise in minerals, energy, the environment, materials, and health. Research and applications development in each of these areas brings diverse disciplines together in the center, where technology transfer and fresh insights feed new research activities.”

The AMRC will put Mines at the forefront of technology in quantitative mineralogy, serving a wide range of industries including planetary science, oil and gas, mining, health and environment and materials.

The interdisciplinary applications of the center are enhanced by faculty from diverse departments whose research spans the School’s strategic focus areas in earth, energy, materials and environment.

The center will be home to a state-of-the-art QEMSCAN® system, contributed by Intellection Pty Ltd, an Australia-based corporation that develops analytics solutions for geoscience applications. A senior applications scientist from Intellection will work full time at the AMRC to facilitate start-up and to provide support for the lab personnel. In addition, Intellection provided a significant quantity of education-only licenses of “iDiscover” software for use in various projects designed and implemented at the facility. Intellection will assist with maintaining the equipment and providing service to ensure that it is operating properly.

“While there are many reasons that the establishment of the Advanced Mineralogy Research Center generates enthusiasm within both Mines and Intellection, perhaps the most prevailing is the exploration of new avenues to apply the QEMSCAN® technology from a research and education perspective,” says Bob Williams, general manager, Intellection Corp., Americas region.

Other industry supporters of the Center include Freeport McMoRan, SGS Minerals and Hazen Research.

The grand opening celebration will include remarks beginning at 5 p.m. by AMRC Director Karin Hoal, Mines President M.W. “Bill” Scoggins and Intellection CEO Calvin Treacy.

About Colorado School of Mines

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.

About Intellection Pty Ltd

Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with offices in the UK, US and Chile, Intellection provides integrated solutions and services for the automatd, quantitative analysis of minerals, rocks, metals and other inorganic compounds based on the company’s QEMSCAN® technology.


QEMSCAN® solutions and services significantly improve productivity, accuracy and the quality of key information resulting from the automated analysis of geological and process samples fundamental to decision making by companies, interest groups and government bodies involved in the mining, utilities, and oil and gas industries.


Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist
303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu

Gina Williams, Marketing Communications Specialist
+1 303-895-4633 / gina.williams@intellectioncorp.com

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