EIT RawMaterials: Closurematic project developing digital tools for mine closure management

EIT RawMaterials Closurematic

EIT RawMaterials partners GTK, BRGM and DMT received funding for the new innovation project to develop digital tools for mine closure management.

The mine closure process is crucial for the European mining industry, reducing the environmental impact of mining. Operating in a densely populated region requires environmental excellence from all mining projects. The post closure period provides a wealth of opportunities for sustainable regional benefits from mining, if the closure is planned and managed properly. 

Closure is a long, continuous process that starts in the planning phase of the mining project. Progressive mine closure with continuous reduction of risks and uncertainties is the modern industry standard for the best outcomes. It presents a major management challenge due to its complexity, uncertainties, and the multitude of internal and external stakeholders involved and also involves considerable financial liabilities. In most cases, official closure plans are required by the mining and environmental authorities.

The complexity and long-term nature of mine closure make static mine closure management plans (CMP) poorly suited for the current practice of progressive mine closure. There is need for digital management tools that help in planning, executing, monitoring, and communicating the process and managing the closure-related data and documents.

Closurematic, a three year project, launched in early February 2018 in Kuopio, Finland will improve mine closure through digitalisation. The project will create a system with templates and guidance for drafting mine closure plans for all phases of the mining operation, context sensitive technical support for closure issues, features for accumulation and management of data, and tools for monitoring and managing the closure process.

The project is coordinated by EIT RawMaterials partner Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). Other EIT RawMaterials partners that are involved in the project are French Geological Survey (BRGM) and DMT consulting group. They will be working together with M-Solutions, and Hannukainen Mining Oy.

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