Ventilation Optimizing Technology based on 3D-scanning

Background of the project

The digitization and robotization of the mining industry are major trends as they provide significant advantages in terms of productivity and safety. A prime example is the AMICOS EIT RM project, run by four members (HS, FBK, WUST, KGHM) of the VOT3D consortium. AMICOS aims to develop and validate an innovative E2E modular framework in order to be easily deployed in different industrial facilities (e.g. treatment plants, outdoor tailings, and underground transport systems) leveraging on advanced and emerging technology, such as Artificial Intelligence techniques, advanced visualization tools, and digital signal processing techniques, IoT low-power devices, and autonomous robots.

improvement of modern technology

The goals of the VOT3D project fit perfectly into the key objectives of the Raw Materials sector, aimed at safety increase, cost reduction, and sustainable production. The work included in the VOT3D project will improve the current technology and adapt it to harsh environments and expand the technology to TRL9 and access the global market and industry with versatile, innovative technology. Currently, there are many tools for mining ventilation modeling and analysis, as well as solutions aimed at ventilation optimization.

Future Results

The VOT3D project may result in significant energy savings and, consequently, cost reductions as well as limiting the negative impact on the environment. Additionally, the proposed solution leads to a safety increase, first by limiting human presence in hazardous zones during data capturing and secondly by aerological hazards reduction thanks to ventilation optimization (more air in the workplaces increasing thermal comfort and oxygen supply, hazardous gases dilution, etc).