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VIP Snapshot

Is the mining industry ready for the future? Explore robotics, VR/AR, IoT technology and off-earth mining to change the way we mine and direct us into a sustainable future.


VIP ChallENG research goals

Our goal is to bring mining into the future, by providing the most effective and sustainable solutions!

Our research includes:

  • Revolutionising automation within the mining industry
  • Designing mobile robots and an excavation system for off-earth underground/surface mining operations
  • Designing and developing AR/VR tools
  • Applying innovative visualisation technologies
  • Providing new and valuable insight into the mining industry by developing and designing a full digital twin of a mine
  • Designing and conducting an off-earth mining feasibility study

Research Areas:

  • Automation
  • Mine Internet of Things (IoT)
  • AR/VR for decision making
  • Off-Earth Mining
  • Mining Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • Aerospace Engineering

2021 VIP Consortium Innovation Competition - Project Video

MINEX - Off Earth Mining

With an increasing global desire for space exploration, innovative solutions are required to ensure future optimisation and sustainability. Utilising the moon’s resources and developing a ‘lunar economy’ is becoming increasingly important!