Collaboration – share your mind and costs for quicker and better solutions
By becoming a member in one of our joint projects and/or programs you will maximise your capacity to solve key challenges and harness the opportunities provided by e.g. new technology, while at the same time reducing development costs per stakeholder. The RTC projects also offer you (or the personnel that you choose to involve) an effective opportunity to share knowledge, as well as to discuss experiences and options with personnel from other companies dealing with similar issues, through providing:
- Technical contacts with partners having mutual interests;
- Site visit(s) to illustrate, discuss and investigate the challenge(s) first hand;
- Exposure to state-of-the-art discussions of common problems in mining technology peer groups with access to global expertise;
- Participation and influence on the identification and potential solution of generic, mining-related challenges;
- Workshops to review the progress of the project with the possibility to invite speakers on related topics.;
- Participation in working groups under the direction of qualified project leader(s);
- Opportunities to implement effective, practical solutions directed at achieving business improvements to mine operations, suppliers and/or contractors within the mining sector.
Our experience shows that the opportunities noted above create valuable interactions between project partners and a more relaxed atmosphere in which to exchange knowledge, experiences and discuss ideas. As a result this frequently leads to realistic and more effective ways forward – towards solution(s) that address challenge(s).
What are the benefits of participating in a RTC project/program?
Our core business is to initiate, broker and manage mining-related collaborative projects and project consortia; we have specialized in running these types of industrially-focused programs using modified versions of well-known, successful project management methods. Through experience, we have also learnt how to adapt the structure and tailor the management and personnel to meet the specific needs of each and every project, forming a neutral platform for collaboration between private companies, universities, governmental and/or research organizations. To simplify the collaboration, we use the latest tools for communication:
- Easy access to project documentation through a secure project portal;
- Understandable follow-ups of deliverables and budget through the same project portal;
- Simplified communication through phone & webinar meetings when travel is not an option;
- Phone and web-based status-report monthly meetings and minutes, helping all participants to follow the progress of each project.
During the initiation of each new project we make sure that the (technical) project leader is given a one day introduction course in RTC’s project management methods and tools, to be able to meet the standards of RTC as well as to be able to guide the project members. All this helps us in our strive towards well-planned projects where realistic budgets and deliverables are not an accident, but are met in a timely manner. All this comes together in a transparent project process that is easily understood by all project/program partners, enabling multinational, multi-industrial and interdisciplinary collaboration, effectively lowering costs and adding value to our partner’s bottom line that any individual stakeholder would struggle to achieve.
Who controls the project and owns the results?
Programs/projects that are run through RTC are controlled by a High Level Group (HLG), in which each of the funding partners is represented by one person. This group is responsible for all major decisions during the life of the program/project, regarding funding, scope, timetable, new partners, start and closure of the project, etc. To ensure that all partners have clearly understood their responsibilities and the terms for collaboration (which we acknowledge as being extremely important regarding for example IP rights) all partners are obliged to review, comment on and sign a consortium agreement before commencing the project. It is important to note that, if nothing else is stated in the agreement, all new knowledge will belong to the project consortia. RTC’s normal role in an on-going program/project is hence to form a neutral platform for collaboration between the partners, as well as to coordinate actions, manage the HLG and the day-to-day business in a professional way. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Becoming a member in an existing consortia or projects in the pipe
If you are interested in becoming a member in one of our on-going projects, you are welcome to contact us. As a preparation, since we would like to know more about your company’s profile and how you can contribute to the collaborative process, you will be invited to present this to the program’s HLG. We will of course assist you with the necessary preparations. For projects in the pipe, please contact us or use the contact form to submit your interest in the project and we will contact you with further information and status of the project.
If You have a proposal or a project idea, how should You proceed?
We acknowledge that there are many brilliant ideas that deserves attention, so if you think that you sit on one of these you are welcome to contact us with more information.