INDIRES is a 3-year collaborative research project which has received funding from the European Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). The project addresses the crucial issue of rapidly acquiring and providing information, which is a key necessity in the effective response to a serious mining incident. Numerous new initiatives in mines rescue will be addressed, and these are expected to bring major benefits in the safety and welfare of affected miners and the mine’s ongoing operations and profitability. Two novel communication technologies will be researched, sensors capable of withstanding explosions and fires will be produced and small unmanned vehicles will be developed for initial information gathering. Compact yet highly efficient mechanical aids will be designed for drilling exploratory tunnels and supporting these excavations, and tools for software simulation will be developed.
The key motivation of INDIRES is the immediate provision of the vital information – often under non-ideal conditions – that is required to facilitate the planning and operation of a response to a serious underground incident that could threaten the lives of miners and of the future operation and profitability of the mine.
The primary objective is to research technologies and develop equipment that will permit information to be gathered and exchanged while planning, and during the execution of, a response to a serious incident in an underground coal mine that could jeopardise the lives of personnel in the mine and the future operability and profitability of the mine.
Seven work packages cover Resilient Communications (WP1), Sensor Technologies (WP2), High Accessibility Unmanned Vehicles (WP3), Drilling Equipment and Roof Supports (WP4), Auxiliary Supporting Equipment and Software (WP5), Field Trials & Results Dissemination (WP6) and Project Management and Coordination (WP7).
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 Project Consortium
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This project has received funding from the Research Fund for Coal and Steel under grant agreement No 748632.