Aggie tells students how his plan
aided the rescue of Chilean miners


Greg Hall ’82, talked about developing the plan that freed 33 trapped Chilean miners in October 2010, during several March 22 lectures at the Langford Architecture Center.

Hall, who graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in engineering technology, owns Drillers Supply SA in Chile, Drillers Supply International in Houston and DSI American Manufacturing in Minnesota.

Chilean government officials believed it would take six months to reach the miners, but with Hall’s plan, they were rescued in 69 days.

“Don’t anybody tell you something’s impossible,” said Hall. “That just means is hasn’t been done yet.”

Rodney Hill, professor of architecture, said Hall's problem solving was based on innovation and creativity, two of the main subjects taught in his Design Process which Hall addressed.

A video of Hall’s presentation is available on the College of Architecture’s vimeo website.


- Posted: Mar. 31, 2011 -

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Contact:   Phillip Rollfing, or 979.458.0442.


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