Member Benefits

The Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models (CASERM) brings together faculty and students from Colorado School of Mines and Virginia Tech, companies, state/federal/local government and non-profits to perform industrially-relevant, cutting-edge pre-competitive research. This I/UCRC develops high-impact solutions helping exploration and mining companies address challenges in the development and use of 3D subsurface models for mineral resources through all stages of the mining life cycle. Members guide the direction of Center research and education through active involvement in research project selection and student mentoring. More specifically, benefits to members include:

  • Members set the research agenda of the center
  • Members select and direct the progress of research projects
  • Members can propose research topics
  • Investment by members is highly leveraged
  • Risk of failure is lowered and distributed
  • 90% of contributions are directed towards the research (indirect costs are <10%)
  • Members get early access to results of research and technical advances
  • Members get access to graduates who are trained in advanced exploration and prospect characterization methods
  • Members get royalty free license to new discoveries
  • Members get access to resources at Mines and VT, including faculty, students, and facilities
  • Possible expansion to additional national and international sites and markets
  • Opportunity to network with both competitor and complementary companies
  • Access to meetings, research reviews, and short courses at no extra cost
  • Members gain visibility through affiliation with the I/UCRC