The Melbourne Mining Integrator (MMI) works with explorers, miners and mining equipment, and technology and service providers to tackle the sector’s most challenging problems.
The University of Melbourne has a long and proud history of working with mining companies and technology suppliers into the mining industry. We also maintain deep research links with other institutes in Australia and globally.
We can provide end-to-end solutions working with our partners, from shaping technological problems, analysing those solutions through simulation, through to testing prototypes in our facilities and in the field.
In MMI we are uniquely positioned to provide an integrated view of the mining value chain, and also harness the unique capabilities across Australia’s most successful universities.
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Our research collaborations deliver innovative solutions with transformative outcomes for industry, communities and the environment.
Next-generation digital mining
Analysing the large volumes of data being produced in modern mines can identify opportunities to optimise mine operations and maximise value.
Agile logistics and mine planning
New mining techniques and mine designs are being developed to incorporate real-time responsiveness to unfolding environmental conditions to optimise operations along mining and processing supply chains.
Upgrades to existing mineral processing units and the introduction of new technologies can improve extraction rates and reduce waste impacts.
- Associate Professor Adrian Pearce
- Dr Christopher Goodes
Enterprise Professor, Melbourne Mining Integrator
Research Team Leaders
- Dr Ben Rubinstein
Program leader, Next-generation digital mining
- Dr Michelle Blom
Program leader, Agile logistics and mine planning
- Dr Kathryn Mumford
Program leader, Process productivity
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Mining Industry 4.0 CRC
The MI4 CRC aims to fundamentally change the mining value chain, by moving from silo-based decision making to a fully integrated systems approach. Implementation will require profound social and technical change but has the potential to transform the mining industry.
- Create jobs and deliver value to Australia through industry led research focusing on digital based technologies
- Create opportunities for METS companies to further develop and commercialise these technologies
- Benefit the Australian mining industry through improved safety, increased yields and productivity, less waste and less disruption to the mining area
- Super charge the growth of an export focused METS sector
- Unlock the potential to open new mining precincts
MI4 CRC Prospectus
The application of Industry 4.0 principles offers enormous potential to reduce waste, improve yields and to reduce costs. Mine sites are often flooded in a sea of data, however turning that data into decisions is frequently problematic. The MI4 CRC will connect world class research capability directly with industry needs to create readily commercialise systems and processes.
The MI4 team intends to submit a bid in the 21st CRC selection round. To find out more about the MI4 CRC or participate in this initiative see our prospectus or contact the bid leader.
Proposed Research programs
The detailed work programs will be developed in close collaboration with industry partners. At this stage four cross cutting research programs are proposed:
- Integration mining 4.0: The digital mine will integrate and optimize previously siloed information along the full value chain, and between disparate information systems.
- Automation and simulation: Automation will improve safety performance, allow access to new or stranded resources, reduce capital and operating costs and reduce environmental impacts.
- Social adoption: Social adoption of digital technologies needs to occur hand in glove with technology changes. MI4 will provide mining companies with tools to manage this change.
- Workforce of the future: Academic partners in MI4 are well positioned to provide specific training for METS and Mining staff, and graduate higher degree staff skilled in the digital mine.
POSSIBLE RESEARCH THEMES
- Open platforms for data, processes and insights
- Open architecture
- Inter-operability challenges
- Dynamic resource models
- Value chain driven decisions
- Encouraging entrepreneurial METs and start-ups to contribute
- Trusted autonomy
- Risk measurement and management
- Engineering change management
- Maintenance support for autonomous systems
- Operational transparence
- Technology support
- Change management through transition
- Business process re-design
- Human machine interfaces
- Organization model structures to support transition
- Government regulations and frameworks to promulgate change
- Preparing the workforce of the future
- Providing local skills
- Social adaption to mining industry 4.0
- Targeted training programs
- Post graduate programs for future employees
Outcomes based research to meet industry needs
The MI4 CRC will deliver safer, more environmentally acceptable and productive solutions to the worlds growing demand for minerals by enabling fully autonomous and integrated mining operations along the entire value chain.
This will grow the Australian mining sector through enhanced competitiveness, enable new orebodies to be mined increasing reserves, bring the METs sector into the mine automation and the integrated mining platforms markets and increase safety, environmental sustainability and social license to operate.
This grand challenge is of such a size and difficulty that no individual company (MET’s or Miner) or research organization can solve on their own.
The CRC Program
For more information please visit the CRC program website