Real-Time Mining: Real-Time optimization of the extraction and the logistics process in highly complex geological and selective mining settings

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The overall aim of Real-Time-Mining is to develop a real-time framework to decrease environmental impact and increase resource efficiency in the European raw material extraction industry.

The key concept of the research conducted is to promote a paradigm shift from discontinuous to a continuous process monitoring and quality management system in highly selective mining operations.

The positive impact of the project will be achieved through improvements in process efficiency and resource utilization. These will increase energy efficiency and facilitate significant improvements in the environmental performance of mining operations by reducing the emissions and wastes generated. It is considered that deposits which are currently thought as economically marginal or difficult to access could become viable.

This project has been awarded funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 641989

Processes and Systems Modelling, Resources and Raw Materials, Resources efficiency
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Coordinator/Local PI


Proponent Institution

TU Delft, Netherlands


RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Imperial College, UK
CERENA / IST-ID Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development
TNO, Netherlands
Geovariances, France
Dessault Systems GEOVIA, UK
Laser Analytical Systems and Automation GmbH, Germany
Xgraphic Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Germany
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Spectral Industries B.V., Netherlands
IBeWa - Ingenieurpartnerschaft für Bergbau, Wasserund Deponietechnik, Germany

Funding Programme

European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 641989

Total Funding
5 629 199,75 €
CERENA Funding
375 584,00 €

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