India is well endowed in terms of most minerals. The country produces as many as 87 minerals, including 4 fuel minerals, 10 metallic minerals, 47 non-metallic minerals, 3 atomic minerals and 23 minor minerals (including building and other materials). The Mineral Development and mining sector is a significant contributor to the India’s GDP growth; as there is a strong correlation between growth in same and the manufacturing sector; making it a catalyst for the growth of basic industries such as power, steel, cement etc.
The Mining Chair at National Design and Research Forum has been established with the objective of leveraging technological advances across multiple disciplines of engineering to develop a sustainable Mining Value Chain extending across exploration, site set-up, mining, processing, marketing, and remediating of abandoned mines.
Outcomes Envisaged include:
- The volatile prices of the commodities market globally has highlighted the urgent need to develop cost-effective mining processes with emphasis on sustainability and reduction of environmental impact of mining operations.
- Deployment of technological advances including contemporary practices like geological modelling to better understand the structure and chemistry of mines, and plan mine production schedules based on mining constraints.
- Developing efficient material handling systems; and contemporary techniques including use of surface miners and in-pit crushing and conveying solutions to optimize material handling costs
- Developing technologies to improve the productivity of underground mining
- Researching and developing contemporary drilling and blasting techniques with the objective of increasing the metal content of the ore, reducing waste to be processed, saving energy, and slashing greenhouse gas emissions
- Incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and mine management best practices with the objective of enhancing efficiency in mining operations
- Developing a roadmap for enhancing Information Technology deployment in mining operations to provide better visibility into operations, reduce pilferage, and improve safety
- IEI developing expertise to formulate and harmonize global technologies and standards with regional policy and regulatory practices
- Opportunity for IEI to understand, assimilate, and influence development of standards and implementation outcomes
- Leveraging technology advances to influence how mining is practiced by integrating best practices in sustainability with advances in environment monitoring using technologies like Internet of Things, Sensor Networks, etc.
- Establish partnerships to offer specialized modules in Mining Engineering
To realize the outcomes envisaged, the following activities are planned:
- Bringing out Publications on themes relevant to Mining industry
- Planning Publications for release during Indian Technology Congress-2016
- Directory of Experts across the Mining Value Chain
- Networking and Collaboration
- Establishment of Focus Groups to develop thought leadership artefacts including analysis on Mining Policy
- Identifying Thought Leaders to address the Mining Engineering community. Scheduling sessions by Thought Leaders on a fortnightly basis
- Inducting Experts, Academic Institutions, Industry, and Research Organizations to undertake research programmes in the collaborative mode
- Developing proposals for projects to be funded by Ministry of Mines
- Supporting Productization initiatives regarding material handling systems
- Work with industry to build corpus for self-sustenance
Organize one or more events jointly with Ministry of Mines, leading mining industries