Deep Talks: CAT MineStar for Underground

March 9, 2023 - March 9, 2023

GPS has transformed the way humans navigate our world. But deep underground, GPS signals go quiet. This can make it difficult for people who work underground—in caves, mines, and science labs—to find their way.

In an effort to replicate GPS deep underground, Caterpillar (CAT) built a testbed on the 1550 and 1700 Levels of Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). CAT’s technology, CAT MineStarTM for Underground, leverages Wi-Fi to track and coordinate the safe movement of people and equipment through underground drifts and ramps.

At Deep Talks, CAT field operations manager Dan Pierce will discuss this evolving technology and what engineers have learned since deploying it at SURF. During the Deep Talks social hour, Pierce will give a live demonstration of the technology.

How to attend:
Deep Talks is held at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (160 W. Main Street) in Lead, South Dakota. The event begins at 5 p.m. MT with a social hour that includes a Crow Peak Brewing Company beer tasting (must be 21 and older to drink) and light refreshments. The presentation will begin in the Visitor Center classroom at 6 p.m. MT.

Want to attend virtually? The presentation will be livestreamed on the SURF webpage starting at 6 p.m. MT.

The Deep Talks lecture series is sponsored by Crow Peak Brewing Company, RCS Construction, Northern Hills Federal Credit Union, Edward Jones, and Chuck and Jolene Lichtenwalner.

Ticket Information

Ticket Information: This event is free and open to the public.

Event Contact Information

Name: Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Phone: 605.584.3110

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