Projects

Practical applications of mining innovation

Projects that keep our industry moving forward.

Innovation that makes a difference

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Learn about the ReThink Mining projects that are helping us move towards zero-waste mining.

The CMIC technical groups have been the lifeblood of CMIC since its inception. Countless volunteers from across all business units of the mining industry have graciously devoted many hours of their time.  

These efforts have led to six roadmaps and the identification of a number of projects for CMIC, and others, to undertake. The Board of Directors mandated that CMIC should focus efforts toward executing projects and building a robust pipeline of projects.

ReThink Mining project overview

Innovation Delivery

CMIC is leading innovative research and technology projects in exploration, mining, processing, sustainability, and other integrated projects, to achieve better operational, environmental and financial performance for our members.

Industry Collaboration

CMIC is bringing together senior-level mining professionals and thought leaders to discuss challenges, find areas for collaboration, share insights, and discuss common technology projects

Knowledge Sharing

CMIC is working with academics and government agencies to bring insight into where the industry is heading, align projects to industry needs, discuss innovative ideas and share these insights with our members. 

Delivering project excellence

CMIC follows internationally accepted Project Management Institute (PMI) guidelines for project, program, and project portfolio management. Projects that CMIC leads all employ a general project structure. Project management structures are tailored to the size and complexity of each project, to ensure appropriate oversight while maintaining the greatest possible agility. All projects require project charters (created from project charters supplied by four mining companies) and consortium agreements. CMIC ensures that project funding is secured prior to project initiation. A general project management structure is shown below that includes technology demonstration at mine sites.

Project pipeline

Take a closer look at what we have in progress:

Active CMIC projects

Sensor Based Ore Sorting

CMIC has helped develop a consortium of mining companies to share technology implementation in ore sorting.

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Underground Mining Mechanical Cutting – Continued Learning

This project is focused on understanding and evaluating peripheral elements associated with hard rock mechanical cutting technologies.

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Underground Mining Mechanical Cutting – Safe Deep Development

This project is to evaluate existing technology, and continue learning about mechanical cutting and continuous mining.

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Conjugate Anvil Hammer Mill and MonoRoll Platform Technology

The project aims to design, build and test a revolutionary new comminution technology platform to reduce energy in comminution by 50 per cent.

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CanMicro – Combined Microwave Assisted Comminution and Sorting

This project will establish a new microwave technology to achieve a step-change reduction in the energy required for comminution.

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Surface Mining – Alternative Haulage

This project will identify technologies and processes that may provide an alternative to the existing platform of material haulage by trucks. 

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CMIC projects under development

Continuous Underground Mining: Mechanical Cutting Demonstration

This project is the next phase in our exploration demonstration and implementation of hard rock mechanical cutting and continuous mining platforms.

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Data Mining for Value

This project looks to demonstrate where data mining techniques can be effectively used in mining operations to improve performance.

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Global Water Curves

This project will define metrics and produce Global Water Curves tools that can be used to benchmark and evaluate water usage in mineral process equipment.

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Completed CMIC projects

Short Interval Control Guidelines

CMIC partnered with the Global Mining Standards Group (GMG) to create guidelines on short interval control (SIC).

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Battery Electric Vehicle Guidelines

CMIC has partnered with the Global Mining Standards Group (GMG) to create guidelines on battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology.

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Surface Mining – Predictive Analytics

This proof of concept project is to determine if there are indicators in oil analysis data to validate the robustness of the current preventative maintenance program on large-scale equipment fleets.

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Sensors for Real Time Water Quality Monitoring

The project will accelerate the development of remote, real-time sensors to monitor water for primary contaminants at mine sites across Canada.

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Defragmenting the Mining Innovation Ecosystem

This partnership focuses on strengthening, expanding, and defragmenting the ecosystem, while aligning innovators towards the goal of a zero-waste mining industry.

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Exploration – Footprints

The Exploration – Footprints project looks to develop new approaches to ore system modelling using more effective integration and visualization of exploration data.

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Optimized mine plans, just right plants integrated at the core, we partner with mining companies on study development, capital projects, execution oversight, and due diligence. Joining CMIC is aligned with our deep commitment to support collaborative innovation in the mining industry to drive sustainable, long-term economic and social prosperity.
Tara Gilfillan
The Optimized Group
CMIC Member Optimize Group
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