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 with experience and product development in the fields of geoscience, mining, and quarrying, have decided to pool their skills in a collaborative consortium called 4dcoders.

Taking a new approach in the industry, 4dcoders offers a wide range of software solutions. But, instead of a single software package claimed to suit everybody's needs, each member of 4dcoders operates as a separate independent business and has taken a strategic decision to make its products inter-operable with those of other members and with the wider software community. Using common data interfaces allows rapid and easy transfer of data among their different applications. For clients this means specific user interfaces tailored to specific tasks while maintaining easy collaboration between other departments using different packages.

4dcoders software solutions include geomechanical and geotechnical modelling, drillhole data processing, database management, exploration statistics, mapping, advanced three-dimensional modelling and visualisation. Their clients include all sectors of the minerals industry, mining technology suppliers, geological survey organisations, and consulting firms.

Forefront of development

All members of 4dcoders have been working at the forefront of technological development and pioneering software in the areas of mine blasting, database engineering, drilling and surveying and geological modelling, with a combined experience of over 100 person-years. This has already led to members of 4dcoders participating in a range of European funded research projects, and they continue to strive to be at the leading edge of technological development.

The four initial members of 4dcoders are:

  • Rockmate, developer of innovative solutions for surface mining operations including blast optimisation and shovel production monitoring as a value added reseller. This includes developing software to process raw data from a laser to create a model of a rockface which is to be blasted.
  • GeoReka! Software develops geological modelling software. Primarily, the software is aimed at minerals exploration, but it is also used in other areas like quarrying. GeoReka! Software provides affordable solutions without compromising on quality. Its top-notch visualisation is supported by ground breaking tools adapted from other industries to the geological sciences. With experience in engineering, medical science and geological science GeoReka! tries to provide new innovative ways crossing industry boundaries to provide the best modelling tools for the job.
  • GeoMEM both develops its own and supplies third-party geological and engineering software to the mining, engineering and construction industries. Software development focuses on control applications for industrial devices, in particular, borehole survey instruments and laboratory systems. It includes extensive experience of industrial communications using wired serial, wireless, IR, bluetooth and EtherCAT/CANOpen. Applications cover mathematics, graphics, data analysis, statistics, data export in a range of formats (including bespoke). Development languages include: C#, Visual Basic, C, Pascal on a range of platforms.
  • RCI (Resources Computing International Ltd) develops VMINE for a variety of geoscience applications, providing database management using an 'open-world' DBMS model; also including a variety of statistical, graphical, and 2D and 3D modelling applications. The principal purpose of VMINE is to be a platform for new research project applications. Software development is mainly in Fortran 95, to take advantage of the very large resource of numerical applications libraries that are available.

Further information from http://www.4dcoders.com or from individual web sites of the consortium members.