DMT | Leading Partner
DMT, as lead partner, is a private limited company under German law (DMT GmbH & Co. KG). DMT is EIT Raw Materials core partner allocated to CLC Eastern. As lead partner, DMT is responsible for the coordination and governance structure of the project. In particular, DMT is a service provider for the international mining industry with customers in mainly all relevant mining regions worldwide. DMT has already developed shaft inspection tools and is active to operate these tools as service provider for the benefits of mining companies in several mining regions. DMT knows about the market requirements towards a full automatic and remote operating shaft inspection system. Therefore, DMT will specify the project requirements and targets, in particular the needed hardware (sensors, tools) and software developments, will do part of the hardware developments (e.g. sledge and odometer), and will assemble all developed parts to a system prototype and to demonstrate this prototype in operational environment, here an active mine shaft (TRL 7). Finally, DMT will complete and qualify the system (TRL 8) and will ensure the commercialisation/valorisation of the developed solution on a broad geographical scope by using the existing customer base and the regional offices in most of the world mining hubs.
DLR | Institut für optische Sensorsysteme
DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR has approximately 8000 employees at 16 locations. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency. The main expertise of the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems is the development of intelligent sensors and data processing software solutions for commercial, industrial and scientific purposes. The Institute defines and develops geometrically and/or spectral high-resolution sensor systems in the visible and infrared area of the electromagnetic radiation as well as the thematic real time processing of image data for information relevant for users for strategically purposes. The operational application for such sensors requires an extensive autonomy which allows the independent operating of the system.
Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a public university located in Saxony/Germany and an EIT Raw Materials core partner in CLC Eastern. A research focus of the Virtual Reality Group at the Institute for Informatics concerns mobile robotic systems for mapping and monitoring of underground mines. The group has experience with a variety of sensors for such robots, including laser scanners, video and depth cameras, inertial measurements units, odometers etc., as well as with the processing of the large data amounts acquired during mapping sessions, both real-time and during post-hoc analysis. The group also operates a Virtual Reality CAVE which is actively used for visual analysis of 3D data sets, including 3D mine models. The mobile robots and 3D mapping systems developed at the Institute for Informatics are regularly tested in the research mine “Reiche Zeche” operated by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Research results on new algorithmic methods for conversion of raw scan data into high-detail 3D models of underground mines that can be explored e.g. in Virtual Reality theatres have reached a TRL of 5-6.
Montan University Leoben
MU Leoben has a major focus in natural resources, mining and tunnelling. The areas of experience and expertise cover the range from understanding the mining process, the development of mining systems, sensors and measurements system through to the integration of large-scale data into base models for mines. The University can provide personal with a high level of understanding of the domain specific requirements. Additionally it is in the long-term strategic plan of the University to establish a new focus in Data Science in Cyber Physical Systems for exploration and production focused on „Remote Operating Heavy Machinery” dealing with possibilities to increase the efficiency and safety of heavy machinery. In the frame of the outlined research area concepts and methodology for the exploration of large-scale sensor data streams of heavy machinery collected in so-called “sensor networks” will be developed. MUL aims at taking a leading role within the outlined research focus area both in basic as well as applied research. The unique connection between natural resource and geoscientific driven area and the design and operation of “heavy remote operating machinery” reflects a unique position. The proposed research focus aims at translating and expanding concepts of “Digital Industry 4.0” from manufacturing processes to the natural resource industry.
Boliden is a leading mine and smelter company in Europe and world leading in productivity. In this project Boliden will represent the end customer, the mining industry, and have several production sites with shafts at high technology level. In particular it is planned to execute a testing of the prototype system at one of the shafts at Boliden’s Garpenberg Mine.
Silesian University of Technology is a scientific and educational institution deeply rooted in the mining and industrial region of Upper Silesia. Faculty of Mining and Geology (and particularly Department of Geomechanics, underground construction and Management of Ground Surface Protection) specializes –among other topics- in monitoring and diagnostics of underground constructions (there have been published several monographs). In cooperation with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Control in Mining there has been developed methodology, algorithms and software of computer-assisted visual diagnostics of mineshaft lining. It has been awarded in the National Competition of Working Conditions Improvement by the Ministry of Labour and social Policy. In the Department of Electrical Engineering and Control in Mining there has been carried out research on machine vision and 3D laser scanning methods in the mineral processing area.
Technische Hochschule Nürnberg
Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (THN) is one of the largest universities of applied science in Germany with over 13.000 students. Automation is one of the main topics in the research at the THN. At the THN, autonomous systems are developed for urban mobility, logistics, medical equipment and for disaster control. In the Laboratory for Mobile Robotics at the Department of Electrical Engineering application, oriented solutions for mobile robotics are researched. Problem solving strategies for challenges of autonomous systems are taught in specific courses and multiple bachelor, master and PhD theses have been done and are under way. Since 2012, the laboratory is taking part in the RoboCup Challenge, an international contest for autonomous robotics. In 2013 and 2014, the team from the THN scored second in the field of exploration robotics and won the champions title in 2015 in this field. The results of the research in this field are currently transferred to several industrial projects. More information can be found on http://www.autonohm.de.