Bruce Carlson Receives Mining Industry Recognition

Bruce Carlson Receives Mining Industry Recognition

For his “perseverance for over 30 years to create the standard for software for geologic modeling, mine mapping and mine planning for coal and other bedded deposits,” the president of Carlson Software, R. Bruce Carlson, was recently awarded the Howard N. Eavenson Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME).

SME gives Bruce Carlson the Howard N. Eavenson Award.

Bruce Carlson (right) receives Howard N. Eavenson Award.

This award was first presented in 1969 and is given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of coal mining. Eavenson was a renowned civil engineer who was instrumental in the coal mining industry during the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Election to this honor is by the Eavenson Award Committee with notification to the SME Executive Committee.

Carlson, who founded Carlson Software in 1983, attended the awards ceremony with his wife, Gisela, and daughter Kristen. The event was held on Feb. 23 at the Coal & Energy Division Luncheon at the SME 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.

“This award means a lot to me because it comes from an industry I truly love, an industry that has represented for years the core strength of this nation,” notes Carlson. “The award comes at a time when coal companies are unjustly under siege; when the debate on CO2 and its impacts is virtually closed off. Our company has learned so much from our coal customers over the years, and I assure our friends in coal we will fight with them for the fair hearing they deserve.”

From its beginning, Carlson Software has focused on mining applications, thanks in part to its location (in Maysville, Kentucky) close to virtually all mines in the U.S. Appalachian and Illinois coal basin. The goal of its mining software development has been to ensure greater productivity utilizing the best practices as they apply throughout the world. Ninety percent of U.S. coal companies utilize Carlson Software.

In addition to mining, Carlson Software produces industry-leading field and office software for survey data collection, survey mapping, civil engineering, construction, and machine control.  For more information, see Carlson Software’smining information.