The overall aim of Real-Time Mining is the development of a real-time framework in order to decrease environmental impact by mining activities and to increase resource efficiency in the European raw material extraction industry.
The key concept of the research conducted is to promote a paradigm shift from discontinous to a continous 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 faciliate 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.