The research work will be carried out by a well balanced, interdisciplinary consortium. This will guarantee the necessary balance between the theoretical and the practical aspects of the work, and between the essential elements of pure research and the requirements of the rescue community and coal producers. The consortium, comprising organisations from five member states, includes four research institutions (DMT, EMAG, GIG and KOMAG), some of which also provide consultancy and act as equipment manufacturers, two coal producers (Premogovnik Velenje and Polska Grupa Górnicza) which also have full-time rescue teams, a civil engineering company specialising in underground work (Geocontrol), and three universities (University of Exeter, Silesian University of Technology and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid).
To achieve its aim, this project requires expertise in several quite specialised disciplines, several of which can be provided by only one or two of the consortium members and, in some cases, by only a few research organisations worldwide. As such, the project demonstrates a good degree of essential high-level collaboration with the expectation that it will achieve a result that would not be possible for any single company or small consortium.
At the task level, cutting edge research into some of the more specialised areas will be achieved by involving a smaller number of key organisations, albeit the ones that have built up and demonstrated the necessary specialised skills and expertise. In such cases, these core teams will be supported by contributions from other partners to ensure compatibility with equipment being developed in other associated tasks, and to ensure that it meets the needs of the rescue community.
The project is coordinated by the University of Exeter.