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m4mining: Multi-scale, Multi-sensor Mapping and dynamic Monitoring for sustainable extraction and safe closure in Mining environments

Objective

The m4mining project aims to provide an integrated remote sensing approach for mapping and monitoring active and inactive mining sites. Hyper- and multispectral imaging combined with 3D surface measurement will be utilised for material identification from the detailed mine face to the site scale using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite sensors. Central to the proposed work is a synergistic unification of UAV and satellite-based processing algorithms, workflows and decision-making tools at timescales required to impact active operations and environmental and risk management of tailings and waste sites.

A novel UAV system will combine hyperspectral, lidar, navigation, on-board computing systems and telemetry to acquire high-resolution oblique datasets from mine faces and tailings. Key innovations will be dynamic processing of spectral and lidar data, communicating initial results to on-site users, allowing interactive presentation and decision-making while the UAV is in flight. In addition, high quality results be rapidly available for integration with site-scale satellite workflows and enhanced classification algorithms. This combined approach offers a step-change in active mine operations and tailings management, paving the way for novel products and services. New applications include improved sorting of material during extraction, material quality assessment, re-mining of secondary raw materials, as well as monitoring environmental impact. m4mining will contribute to reduced energy consumption through faster response times for mine operators and will impact digitalisation of mining. The main result will be technology validation in operational environments: three sites in EU and key EU raw materials import markets will be used, in Cyprus, Greece and Australia.

The project consortium is established from internationally leading commercial hardware and software providers, research groups in technology and applications in mining, and public stakeholders.

Coordinator

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Net EU contribution
€ 1 332 890,63
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5838 Bergen
Norway

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

NORSK ELEKTRO OPTIKK AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 1 411 181,00
Address
Ostensjoveien 34
0667 Oslo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,25
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 330 657,50
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

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Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 429 750,00
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
PREDIKTERA AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 320 250,00
Address
Tvistevagen 48a
907 36 Umea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 70 812,50
Address
Athalassa
1417 Nicosia

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Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 306 012,50
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Αχαΐα Δυτική Ελλάδα Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 297 958,00
Other funding
€ 197 117,36

Partners (1)

ReSe Applications LLC
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Langeggweg 3
9500 Wil Sg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Ostschweiz St. Gallen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00