RCI projects include:

Past and current EU-funded projects:
  • INTRAW (Feb.2015 - Jan.2018): As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation, the 36-month project INTRAW has been launched in February 2015 to foster international cooperation on raw materials. The EU-funded INTRAW project has been set up to map and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and other technologically advanced countries, such as Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States. The RCI role in this project is principally the development and maintenance of a repository database to collate and hold documents and links to documents together with associated metadata.
    Following completion of the project, the INTRAW International Raw Materials Observatory was set up as a not-for-profit service.
  • UNEXMIN (Feb.2016 - Oct.2019): a 45-months project within the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, Development of an autonomous submersible robot system for surveying and exploration of flooded underground mines. RCI coordinates the work of the 4dcoders group to develop post-processing software for modelling, graphics, and statistics of data returned by the submersibles.
    UNEXUP (Jan.2020-Dec.2022) is an EIT-RawMaterials upscaling project to take the UNEXMIN technology to marketable status.
  • ROBOMINERS (June 2019 - May 2023): s 4-years project within the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme combines the creation of a new mining ecosystem with novel ideas from other sectors, in particular with the inclusion of disruptive concepts from robotics. The use of the robot miner will especially be relevant for mineral deposits that are small or difficult to access. This covers both abandoned, nowadays flooded mines, that are not accessible anymore for conventional mining techniques, or places that have formerly been explored but whose exploitation was considered as uneconomic due to the small size of the deposits or the difficulty to access them.


Ongoing research:
  • Database management under uncertainty, based on Codd's open-world relational concept: see VMine.com
  • Spatial modelling and interpolation for data which does not meet the strict requirements for matheronian geostatistics

4dcoders: a new geoscience software development collaboration

A group of software developers, geologists, mining engineers, and robotics specialists with experience and product development in the fields of geoscience, mining, and quarrying, are pooling their skills in a collaborative consortium called 4dcoders.