Mine Safety & New Technologies – The Sago Mine accident in West Virginia that occurred in January 2006, in which 12 miners died and one survived, forced State and Federal mine authorities to call for technical assistance from the private sector. One of the key issues was to develop a remote-sensing technology that can be used to find the location of trapped miners underground after an accident. Since Gochioco continues to maintain close ties with the petroleum industry where advanced geophysical technologies are constantly being developed, he suggested to the committee that a rapid deployable wireless seismic recording system (RDWSRS) can be developed and tested within a year or two. As a result, the company received a contract from the West Virginia Miner’s Health Safety & Training Division to conduct an exploratory evaluation and feasibility study of such a system.
The next generation of wireless geophones was proudly displayed
at the 2006 SEG convention.
Alternative Fuels and Clean Energies – The company is currently seeking and applying for state and federal funding to support its internal research and development programs that will focus in exploring and developing a more diverse energy resource base, such as alternative fuels and clean(er) energy sources.