UNEXMIN workshop at La Palma, Spain

On the 3rd and 4th of October, 2017, the UNEXMIN consortium got together in the island of La Palma, Spain, to discuss some very important aspects of the project. Among these there were discussions on the current development of the project, the near future steps and the way to go when the time to exploit the results come – making the novel UNEXMIN technology available to the market.

The first day started with the always necessary discussions related to the developments of the project: past, present and future were all analysed. After this groundwork, the consortium started a debate to make a plan on how to explore the UNEXMIN technology to the market once the project is over. The discussions around the future exploitation of the UNEXMIN project and its results extended to the second day of the meeting. To finalise this fruitful workshop, an early exploitation plan and course of action were successfully defined. This action will ensure the everyone is working towards the same objectives.

The discussions were partly held under a nice environment

The LPRC team, host of this UNEXMIN meeting in La Palma, actively participated in all the discussions giving some very useful input for the definition of the exploitation plan.

The consortium partners, who loved “La Isla Bonita”, as La Palma is known, will get back together in Bled, Slovenia, for a consortium meeting.

The UNEXMIN partners present in La Palma

See you all there!

UNEXMIN at the 3rd Meggen Raw Materials Days – International Seminar and Conference

The BDG (Professional Association of the German Geoscientists) invited its members as well as domestic and foreign experts to the 3rd Meggen Raw Materials Days at the Galileo Park, in Lennestadt-Meggen, from September 13-15, 2017. During the three days a total of about 150 geologists from Germany, England, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the United States answered the invitation. On the first day, a seminar supported by the European Federation of Geologist’s (EFG) – training endorsement programme – was offered for these participants, in order to ensure the prescribed continuous professional development program.

Audience at the 3rd Meggen Raw Materials Days

During the conference, a number of high-level speakers provided insights into the raw materials’ exploration, including salt, lignite and lithium in Germany, Ethiopia or Australia. Furthermore, presentations addressed current developments regarding various post-mining activities such as rehabilitation of ore mines, nature conservation on mining sites or mine water treatment. Other presentations on risk management in abandoned mining, novel drilling techniques in the area of tailing piles and the problems in salt cavern construction were also addressed.

The large interest of the audience in the UNEXMIN project has shown, once again, the relevance and the demand for the new cutting-edge UNEXMIN technology with manifold applications in the raw materials and mining sectors. Newly established contacts with relevant stakeholders will contribute to the successful accomplishment of the overall project and will ensure that the UNEXMIN project meets the user requirements during the development of the UX-1 robot.

UNEXMIN will present at the Real-Time Mining Conference, October in Amsterdam

In two weeks from now, on the 10th and 11th of October, the Real-Time Mining conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The conference will count with four EU-funded projects as core organizers – and UNEXMIN is one of those projects.

This intra-european conference has as main objectives, (1) to bring together researchers related to innovation on resource extraction and (2) establish synergies and exchange ideas between different fields of activity – all related to the exploration and exploitation of mineral raw materials.

The topics for this conference will work around :

  • Positioning and material tracking
  • Automated material characterization
  • Resource modelling and value of information
  • Process optimization
  • Data management

During the two days the UNEXMIN project will be presented in the meeting with some important contributes: an overview of the project and talks about some of the most important scientific instrumentation that the UX-1 robot will employ. The latter will focus on the magnetic field analyser unit and the multispectral unit, instruments that are being specifically developed by the UNEXMIN team of University of Miskolc (UNIM).

Position of the instruments on the UX-1 robot: left) Magnetic field analyser unit; right) multispectral unit

We hope to give a positive contribution to the meeting, first by letting the audience know what we are developing as a new technology line. We aim to establish some profitable discussions that make the projects’ consortia to learn new ways to approach their own problems and difficulties, while working together.

UNEXMIN is bringing the raw materials, technology developers and robotics communities together!

UNEXMIN & ¡VAMOS! to organize a joint conference in January 2018

UNEXMIN, together with another Horizon2020 project – ¡VAMOS! (http://vamos-project.eu/) – will be organizing a joint conference in January 2018. The focus will be on the use of robotics and automation for mineral exploration and extraction. The collaboration between the two EU-funded projects, that are developing innovative technologies, with participants outside both consortia, will certainly give a push in the development of the current technologies, with a fresh look onto the work being developed and future steps. The conference aims to bring together the interested parties, including experts and stakeholders, to establish discussions around the latest advances in the field and develop synergies on innovation in mineral exploration and extraction.

The one-day conference is scheduled to start with an introductory plenary, followed by parallel sessions focused on presentations and further discussions about the projects. In the afternoon, workshops related to technology roadmapping and exploitation are envisaged, being part of UNEXMIN and ¡VAMOS! activities. The conference also intends to serve as a mean to build and strengthen collaboration, network with professionals from the robotics, geology and mining sectors and to share experiences.

All interested people from the fields of geology, mining, robotics, machinery, minerals industry representatives, mining and construction machinery manufacturers, robotics developers and manufacturers and policy and decision makers in the field of mineral exploration and extraction are invited to attend. This conference will be organized by the Geological Survey of Slovenia, partner in both UNEXMIN and ¡VAMOS! projects, in Bled, Slovenia, on the 30th of January 2018. Besides the core conference, it is also possible – and advisable! – to join a one day pre-conference field trip to the Idrija mercury mine – one of the test sites where the UX-1 robot will be tested.

Idrija Mercury Mine (Credit: Arne Hodalič)

Francis’ Shaft (Credit: Matej Peternelj)

For more information, please check the conference flyer. Some relevant data for the registration and important dates are mentioned below.

Please register via email (manja.zebre[at]geo-zs.si) by 8 January 2018.
Required registration data:
Name and surname,
– Institution,
– Title of the presentation (optional),
– Up to 600-word (one page) abstract with one image (optional),
– Attendance to networking dinner,
– Possible special dietary requirements,
– Attendance to pre-conference field trip to Idrija.
Registration is free-of-charge. Individual invitations letters can be prepared if needed.

Important Dates
Second circular: 30 October 2017
Registration deadline: 8 January 2018
Final conference program: 20 January 2018
Field trip to Idrija: 29 January 2018
Conference: 30 January 2018

UNEXMIN present in EIT Raw Materials Event on Drones, exploration and mining

The UNEXMIN project will be present during one of the following EIT Raw Materials events, entitled: “Brokerage event and Workshop on Drones, Autonomous Systems for Exploration and Mining“. The event will be held in Espoo, home of the Geological Survey of Finland, during the 14th and 15th of September. It aims to gather researchers, small and large companies and investors in the multidisciplinary of unmanned vehicles.

The topics from this event will work around: (1) Drones, robotics, automation, (2) advanced materials, sensors, energy storage, (3) digital platforms and solutions and (4) safety, regulations and permits. The defined topics will focus on applications in open pit and underground mining and geological mapping, two very important applications for geological purposes.

It is a great pleasure for the UNEXMIN project to be present in this EIT Raw Materials event, as the topics being discussed are the ones the consortium has been working on for quite some time now: drones, autonomy, mapping, exploration and mining. We hope that UNEXMIN can have a positive contribution and impact in the audience and  learn from others’ own experiences. Discussions will surely push the topic of unnamed vehicles used in benefit of mining even further.

A UNEXMIN robot’s prototype