SMIFU II – The Sustainable Mine and Innovation for the Future program
To stay competitive and to develop safe, lean and green mining, the European mining companies KGHM (Poland), New Boliden and LKAB (Sweden) joined forces with several major global suppliers and academia during 2009-2010, to develop a common vision for future mining. This resulted in the Smart Mine of the Future conceptual study (“SMIFU I”), identifying the most strategic issues that need to be addressed, and defined important areas for research, development and innovation within the mining sector (you can read more about the SMIFU I conceptual study together with the final report here). During 2011-2012, the same group formed the Sustainable Mine and Innovation for the Future consortia (“SMIFU II”), which continued with the identification and development of 12 areas of research, development and innovation, which should be prioritized to reach the vision of SMIFU. These 12 work-packages (WP’s, summarized below) included state of the art reports, gap analyses and several project ideas, with some of the latter achieving fully evolved project plans within each R&D area. During 2013, the SMIFU II report also came to constitute the basis of the Swedish Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Mining and Metal Producing Industry (STRIM), which will be run from 2013-2016. The results from this work has been summarized in the official SMIFU II final report, which you can download or order your own copy of below. If you have any further questions regarding the projects, please contact us.
The SMIFU II vision
The mining industry is an important supplier of efficient and sustainable solutions to meet the needs of modern society for metals and minerals. Safe, Lean and Green technology and an innovative organization attracting talented young men and women to meet the grand challenges and opportunities of future mineral supply. To realize this vision, the consortia members are continuously:
- Striving for zero accidents through the development of technology and promotion of innovations in organization and safety culture;
- Contributing to sustainable mining by cutting energy consumption, CO2 (and other) emissions and ore losses by more than 30% compared to the current baseline and striving to prevent harmful emissions from the operations;
- Staying competitive by means of vigorous efforts in research, development and innovation whereby the mining industry is moving in stages from full mechanization to a fully controlled process industry.
The work-packages identified in SMIFU II, to be commenced in the near future
- Mining is going deeper
- Safety issues due to Increasing Rock Mechanical challanges has to be met such as Higher Rock Stress andMining induced seismicity.
What and how
Do a feasibility study WP1 including:
- Describing todays process in a typical production area for Boliden, KGHM and LKAB.
- Come up with a vision of the future(new) zero entry process in the production area.
- All machines, and activities are remote controlled or automatic.
- Supervised or controlled from secure control-rooms or areas in the mine.
- Suggestions of future projects based on the new process. Where more R&D is needed these areas shall be pointed out.
- Possible partners including academia for future project shall be suggested.
- Monitoring technology for ground control and calibration of models
- Numerical modelling for detailed and on-line (live) prognosis and eventually detailed design of rock support
- Numerical modelling for prediction of seismic events
- Know-how and technology for rock support adopted to the requirements, especially large deformation and dynamic loads
- Propose R&D projects
- Geological resource can be characterized continuously with new sensors
- Sensors give comprehensive spatial geological, mineralogical, state of stress and rock mechanical information
Such technology and methods will, when fully integrated in the mining processes, help to reach the visions of the SMIFU program through:
- More effective utilization of the resource
- Better product management in the full production chain
- And in the long term, zero entry in production area.
The Optimizing Resource Characterisation program – ORESC was started in 2014. Initially comprising two subprojects that will run for three years, the program will aim to follow the visions of SMIFU, testing , evaluating and developing new methods for implementation of techniques that can optimize the characterisation of a mines resource. You can read more about the program on the ORESC page or contact us for more information.
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