Transform Mining Towards a Zero Waste Industry

Integrated Innovation Roadmap

Enablers → Challenges → Projects Portfolio → Zero Waste Mining

 

Enablers

Software Defined Mine

  • Ubiquitous sensors, connectivity & data capture
  • Predictive analytics of equipment & mining processes
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Short-Interval Control
  • Real-time monitoring of performance against plan
  • Integrated mine design, planning & scheduling (including production, maintenance, processing, logistics)
  • Digital twins of all equipment as well as full mine & operations

Flexible Mine Design

  • Modularization
  • Interoperability
  • Plug & Play

Circular Economy

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

Open Collaboration

  • Open Data
  • Open Standards
  • Knowledge Hubs
  • Open Innovation Intellectual Property Management

Autonomous Mining

  • Robots and drones for inspection & production
  • Automation of new & existing fleet
  • Equipment & process mechanization & automation

 

 

 

 

Challenges

Produce Minerals on Tap

  • Material Access & Liberation (e.g. Mechanical Cutting)
    • Material Movement – Alternative hauling technologies
    • Electrification
    • Continuous Mucking
    • Alternative to trucks/ road haulage (electric)
  • Continuous transportation of ore to the surface
    • Sorting – Separating minerals from rock
    • Ore Sorting & Tailings
    • Waste rock rejection
    • In-Pit or Underground Processing; Pre-concentration of ore at the face

Know Everything About the Mine

  • In Exploration
    • Visualize subsurface geology
    • Detection techniques from other disciplines (e.g. genomics)
    • Accelerated targeting undercover
    • Coil drill techniques and blast hole analysis
  • Real-Time Modelling & Simulation During Production
    • Ore sensing at the face
    • Processing
    • Environmental management

Eliminate Environmental Footprint

  • Energy
    • Comminution Alternatives (e.g. CAHM, thermal fragmentation)
    • Energy recovery from heat loss
    • Small Medium Nuclear Reactors (SMRs)
    • Renewable Energy Adoption
  • Water
    • Process Water Treatment
    • Water recycling / closed-loop systems
    • Tailings Dewatering
    • Drying technology
    • Waterless Processing
    • Advanced and real-time monitoring

Projects Portfolio

  • Continuous Underground Mining
  • Continuous Surface Mining
  • Conjugate Anvil Hammer Mill
  • Battery Electric Vehicles
  • Knowledge Hub
  • Water Curves
  • Water Quality Monitoring

 

 

 

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