Digitalisation for a more sustainable mining industry

Making mining greener is a major goal of a new EU project in which Montanuniversität Leoben is significantly involved. Digital solutions are to make mining and the associated framework conditions more efficient and resource-conserving.

At the beginning of June, the official starting signal was given for DIGIECOQUARRY - INNOVATIVE DIGITAL SUSTAINABLE AGGREGATES SYSTEMS. This new European project is funded under Horizon 2020 (No. 101003750), runs for four years (until May 2025) and aims to design, develop and validate an Innovative Quarry System (IQS). The project includes sensors, process tools and methods for data collection, processing and sharing to enable integrated, digitised, automated, real-time process control for quarries.

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"The DIGIECOQUARRY - consortium combines the latest technology with innovative digital solutions to increase capacity, improve health and safety conditions for workers, increase mining selectivity and efficiency, and promote sustainability, resource efficiency and social and acceptance," explains Dr Philipp Hartlieb from the Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics, who is largely responsible for the project on site of Montanuniversität Leoben

Montanuniversität Leoben is one of 25 partners from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Columbia and South Africa. "The team from the Chair of Mining Engineering  will work on the digitalisation of mining and automated process recognition, with a special focus on the environmental impact of individual process steps and innovative tools based on image recognition," Hartlieb outlines

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Dr. Philipp Hartlieb
Chair Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics
Phone.: +43 3842 402 2025
Mobil: +43 664 5009421