Site Tour

Complement your conference experience by participating in the off-site field trip and technical tour.


San Xavier Underground Mining Lab Tour & Live Rockburst Test Livestream

Friday April 29, 2022, 7:30 am-4:15 pm | Cost: $20

Tour Includes dinner Thursday.

Sponsored by  


San Xavier mine
University of Arizona: Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tour attendees will preview the San Xavier Tour during an evening reception, dinner and entertainment. Relax, socialize and enjoy a delightful evening.

Friday, April 29, 22 | 7:30 am – 4:15 pm
Participants will board a bus and drive to the San Xavier Mining Lab where they will observe a livestream of a full-scale rock burst test at the Geobrugg Switzerland test facility. Following the livestream, there will be a presentation followed by a tour of the San Xavier Mine, which is operated by the University of Arizona.

The mine has rehabilitated narrow vein working and a brand new tunnel driven in 2021. Examples of various ground support will be on display. Lunch will be provided. The tour concludes with a bus ride back to the hotel mid-afternoon.

Participants should wear casual clothes suitable for Arizona in April. Closed toe shoes or boots are advisable. Hardhats and safety googles will be provided.

7:30 am - 8:00 am      San Xavier Tour Participant Continental Breakfast 

8:00 am - 10:00 am    Rockburst Test Livestream

10:00 am - 10:45 am  Participant Refreshment Break

10:45 am - 4:15 pm    Site Tour and Lunch

4:15 pm                         Return to Hotel

Tour limited to 40 participants.