Ground Control Laboratory – CanmetMINING

Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research focussing on ground control for improving productivity and/or competitiveness in mining

Areas of expertise

CanmetMINING has extensive expertise in the fields of mining engineering, ground control, ground support element monitoring, and the development of methods and standards to determine the static and dynamic properties of support elements.

Research services

CanmetMINING provides unique expertise and a wide range of research and specialized services for its clients. The Business Office can arrange any of several forms of partnership to suit the particular needs of the client and to support Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Government of Canada priorities. Amongst the most frequently used are cooperative and cost-recovery business agreements. In addition to conducting basic and applied research, demonstrations and testing, we provide guidelines on intellectual property, licensing and marketing strategies to facilitate the transfer of technology.

Sectors of application
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)



Dynamic Testing Apparatus (DTA)


Determination of dynamic properties of support elements in configurations imitating mine boreholes

Pull Testing Apparatus (PTA)


Determining static properties of ground support elements in configurations imitating mine boreholes

Tinius Olsen (TO) Universal Testing Machine Super-L120 model 600SL

Horizon software version

Determining static properties in tension of support elements without configurations imitating mining boreholes

Shear box in static conditions


Determining static properties in shear of support elements in/without configurations imitating mining boreholes

  • National Research Council's (NRC) Research Center for Energy, Mines and the Environment