Research project confirmed for new positioning system in underground mining

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05 Apr Research project confirmed for new positioning system in underground mining

5 April 2017

Mining3, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Caterpillar have signed a collaborative agreement for the research and development of a new positioning system for underground mining. Formally commencing in March 2017, and with financial support from the Queensland Government as part of its Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships program, the project offers potential solutions to the challenge of accurately estimating the position of vehicles in underground mining environments.

The intended outcome of the research project is a cost-effective, reliable, camera-based positioning system for locating and tracking underground mining vehicles within one metre of accuracy. As well as a sophisticated, multi-sensor system that provides centimetre-accurate positioning which will ultimately enable the automation of mine vehicles. Essentially it delivers the equivalent of GPS to underground mining, without the requirement for significant infrastructure installed throughout the mine.

Project leader, QUT Associate Professor Michael Milford said, “If you know where everything is on a mine site at all times you will be able to optimise how the mine site operates, improving safety and productivity. We believe that we can develop next-generation positioning technologies which can be deployed throughout the fleets of underground mining vehicles all around the world.”

The project will leverage off research and learnings already acquired in other industries through the work undertaken by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT. The centre is responsible for the underwater robot that culls crown of thorns starfish, as well as an agricultural robot that can differentiate between weeds and crops. These learnings can be rapidly applied to a mine site scenario ensuring a quicker commercial outcome for the mining industry.

Prof Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3 said, “This partnership is an effective model for a major development in the advancement of autonomous mining technology. QUT and Mining3 provide leading research capability in this area, and Caterpillar delivers the experience, product development capability, and local and global channels required to translate the research into a product which can be distributed around the mining world.”

QUT and Caterpillar are members of Mining3, the world’s leading mining research organisation, developing and delivering transformational technology to improve the productivity, sustainability, and safety in mining.

This exciting new research will have a major impact on the global mining industry, dramatically improving existing mining operations and facilitating automation in underground environments.

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