University of Minnesota



Future development of our society will require the unlocking of the vast water, energy, and mineral resources within the Earth’s subsurface. It is recognized, however, that the responsible and efficient harvesting of these resources necessitates dramatic improvements in techniques for the fracture and fragmentation of rock. A multi-faceted activity involving the fundamental developments in fracture processes and innovative imaging and control technologies focused on subsurface engineering that are environmentally sound, economically robust, and benefiting society is critical toward achieving this challenging goal.

CEFoR is a unique partnership of academic and technological leaders in the key interdisciplinary areas of subsurface modification via fracture and fragmentation. The role of CEFoR, as an industrial consortium, is to provide the necessary technical expertise, develop 21st century subsurface modification technologies, and to produce elite workforce with the skills to responsibly and efficiently harvest the Earth’s abundant subsurface resources from their environment.


2014 Vardoulakis Lecture
CivE 210: Fri 10/31, 3:30 pm
Multi-Scale Mechanics and Evolving Discontinuities
Rene de Borst
University of Glasgow, UK

New course announcement
Earth Resources Engineering, CE 4011
CE 4011 Syllabus

48th US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium
Minneapolis, MN, June 1-4, 2014

CEFoR Brochure

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