The overall aim of Real-Time-Mining is to develop a real-time framework to decrease environmental impact and increase resource efficiency in the European raw material extraction industry.
The key concept of the research conducted is to promote a paradigm shift from discontinuous to a continuous process monitoring and quality management system in highly selective mining operations.
The positive impact of the project will be achieved through improvements in process efficiency and resource utilization. These will increase energy efficiency and facilitate significant improvements in the environmental performance of mining operations by reducing the emissions and wastes generated. It is considered that deposits which are currently thought as economically marginal or difficult to access could become viable.
Media Article Real-Time Mining Conference
The first International Raw Materials Extraction Innovation Conference brought together individuals and companies working on EU-sponsored projects to exchange knowledge and explore synergies in innovations in the extraction of resources. On behalf of the Real-Time Mining Consortium, the Resource Engineering Section of TU Delft (CiTG – Resource Engineering) organized the conference in Central Amsterdam at Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club on Oct 10th – 11th. The Real Time Mining Project is an EU sponsored H 2020 project.
In addition to the Real-Time Mining Consortium, other H 2020 projects such as VAMOS, Solsa and UNEXMIN participated. The partners from the different consortia represent a diverse group of nationalities from 14 European nations. Presentations were wide ranging, from exploration onshore and in flooded mines, autonomous navigation, robotic mining, swarm robotics and space based extraction from the moon, asteroids and Mars..
As a result of the conference a number of common themes have been identified. These include real time data acquisition and analytics, robotics and the need for multi- and cross- disciplinary interaction. It highlighted the fact that traditional mining skills are no longer sufficient in a resource constrained world and that there are huge opportunities for innovation and “out of the box” thinking. Common themes amongst the different project groups were ‘Resource Modelling and Value of Information’; ‘Automated Material Characterization’; ‘Positioning and Material Tracking’; ‘Process Optimization’ and ‘Data Management’. Further details of the conference, including a copy of the proceedings volume can be found on the Real Time Mining project website at https://www.realtime-mining.eu/.
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