Enhanced Mining Safety by Rock bolt Monitoring
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 400 000
|March 2016 - March 2017
|The strategic innovation programme for Swedish mining and metal producing industry - SIP Swedish Mining Innovation
Purpose and goal
The primary aim of the project was to develop a prototype system for testing in the mining environment and to carry out lab and field tests in a mine. Secondary objectives were to expand Thing Wave network and to have good communication with mining companies, suppliers to the mining industry, and academic institutions in Sweden as well as abroad. The project´s goal is more than achieved with the completed lab and field tests, expanded network of contacts with industry and academia in Sweden but also abroad.
Expected results and effects
The project has developed a prototype system used in lab and mining tests. We also have identified partners around the world and started discussions with them. ThingWave has participated in several exhibitions, for example. Euro Mine Expo in Skellefteå, IoT World Event in San Jose, California, the Industrial Internet Summit in Sydney, EIT / SIP-STRIM meeting in Lulea, etc. As a direct result of this project, ThingWave will within the next 12 months have at least 3 active mine installations as well as collaboration with international enterprises and universitet
Planned approach and implementation
The project began by initiating talks with bolt manufacturers, mining companies, and suppliers/consultants to conduct field tests. While the technology has been too much emphasis on meeting stakeholders in Sweden and abroad. After conducted lab and field tests, the resulting results have been presented to many mining companies and bolt suppliers with great interest as a result. The tests had to be delayed due to external factors but could be performed anyway. During the project, a dialogue with mine engineers, business advisors and experts in IoT has been important to get feedback.