AMICOS team is getting ready to rock!

Yesterday the team of AMICOS project held a very interesting and fruitful meeting. Since the last year of the project has started, we are getting ready to show the world what we are capable of. Around the middle of this year we will perform final demonstrations of our system regarding three separate use cases. Stay tuned, more announcements will appear soon, and it will be exciting!

AMICOS team discussing the last details for the finalization of the platform.

Hand-held visual SLAM for AMICOS

We are extremely proud of our friends from Fondazione Bruno Kessler for deveolping such an amazing technology of handheld SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) device based on stereo vision. Look at these examplary results.

A view of the produced 3D dense point cloud.
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DMC articles in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

23-25 June 2021, the Conference of PhD Students and Young Scientists was held. The conference enables young scientists from all over the world to exchange scientific and technical experiences and ideas in four thematic panels – Mining, Earth and Space Sciences, Geoengineering, and Geoinformation. The research results of DMC members have been published as part of the IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science in 11 articles.

List of articles:
https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/1755-1315/942/1?gridset=show

Banasiewicz, Aleksandra; Wroblewski, Adam; Gola, Sebastian

Preliminary sources identification of nitric oxide (NO) emissions in underground mine Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012019, 2021.

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Wroblewski, Adam; Banasiewicz, Aleksandra; Gola, Sebastian

Heat Balance Determination Methods for Mining Areas in Underground Mines - A Review Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012011, 2021.

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Goralczyk, Mateusz; Michalak, Anna; Sliwinski, Pawel

Drill bit deterioration estimation with the Random Forest Regressor Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012013, 2021.

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Zietek, Bartlomiej; Wodecki, Jacek; Michalak, Anna; Sliwinski, Pawel

Drill bit state-oriented drilling process classification with time-series data for wheeled drilling rigs Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012010, 2021.

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Rudzki, Pawel; Krot, Pavlo

Dynamics control of powered hydraulic roof supports in the underground longwall mining complex Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012014, 2021.

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Michalak, Anna; Wodecki, Jacek

Parametric simulator of cyclic and non-cyclic impulsive vibration signals for diagnostic research applications Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012015, 2021.

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Wodecki, Jacek; Michalak, Anna

Fault-related impulsive component detection for vibration-based diagnostics in the presence of random impulsive noise Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012016, 2021.

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Zimroz, Pawel; Shiri, Hamid; Wodecki, Jacek

Analysis of the vibro-acoustic data from test rig -comparison of acoustic and vibrational methods Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012017, 2021.

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Zimroz, Pawel; Wroblewski, Adam; Trybala, Pawel

Detection of a predefined acoustic pattern by a measurement system on a drone and its application to search for a missing man in an underground mine Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012018, 2021.

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Shiri, Hamid; Wodecki, Jacek

Analysis of the sound signal to fault detection of bearings based on Variational Mode Decomposition Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012020, 2021.

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Trybala, Pawel

LiDAR-based Simultaneous Localization and Mapping in an underground mine in Złoty Stok, Poland Journal Article

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, vol. 942, no. 1, pp. 012035, 2021.

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Innovation in the copper industry

On 18 November 2021, an interdisciplinary scientific conference entitled: “Innovation in the copper industry” was held, organized by Jan Wyżykowski University and Centrum Badań Jakości sp. z. o.o. The theme of the conference concerned the presentation of research and project work related to the development of the copper industry. During the event, Professor Radosław Zimroz in his presentation “Interdisciplinary research and technology development at the GGG PWR Department for sustainable use of raw materials on the example of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.”, presented innovative solutions from the project: OPMO, AMICOS, and SafeMe4Mine.

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New AMICOS movie

You can now enjoy a new short movie summarising the recent effects of our work on developing prototypes of mobile inspection robots in the scope of the AMICOS project, and trying them out in various scenarios. The potential of implementing mobile robotics in the assessment of technical conditions of underground mines’ infrastructure is difficult to overestimate, but a lot of work must be still done to utilise the possibilities, which the newest technological advancements give us. In the AMICOS project, we create a fertile ground for the introduction of autonomous UAVs and UGVs in the raw materials sector to be used in smart mapping and inspection missions in the underground environment. The use-cases presented in the movie, are:

  • detection of malfunctioning idlers of a belt conveyor,
  • general inspection of infrastructure used for crushing and transportation of excavated material,
  • detection of humans with RGB and IR cameras based on state-of-the-art AI algorithms,
  • simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) performed in underground corridors,
  • creation of interactive maps with the use of data acquired by a mobile robotic platform.
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Visit at the School of Underground Exploitation conference

The 30th edition of the School of Underground Exploitation (Szkoła Eksploatacji Podziemnej) conference took place in Krakow from 27 to 29 September. DMC team joined other scientists, policy-makers, representatives of mining companies, and technology providers from Poland and abroad to present the effects of the most recent work performed in the scope of EIT Raw Materials projects. The main theme of the event was “Transformation of hard coal mining”, and the catchword “Mining will always be … but differently” could be repeatedly heard during the individual session panels, nonetheless the multitude of sessions’ topics ranged from the education of future raw materials industry workforce to IT solutions enhancing production processes in mining.

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Lower-Silesian Festival of Knowledge with DMC

And once again DMC organised a worshop on digitisation and robotics in mining for university-, school-students, and others interested in innovations in the raw materials sector. For three days Adam Wróblewski and I (Mateusz Góralczyk) held virtual meetings to tell our visitors what is happening in our labs, how digital transformation of raw materials industry progresses, what robots, drones, IoT and cloud computing has to do with mining – all in the form of case-studies from AMICOS, SafeMe4Mine, OPMO, MEITIM, and MOIRA.

Some of the fascinating topics undertaken during our meetings were: how smart apps will help inspectors to ensure productivity and safety in open-pit, and underground mines, how a 3D model of a belt conveyor or an underground corridor can be created with the help of a drone carrying a digital camera or LIDAR, how we can use remotely controlled robots to identify damages of mechanical components, or to find a human in case of emergency.

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DMC show on robot-contest

Last weekend the robotic part of DMC team joined robot shows and workshops organized by the Scientific Circle of Mechatronics and Robotics MKNM “Synergia”, operating at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology (WUST) and the Association for the Development of Science and Culture “Progresja”.

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Winter Robotic Olympics

Why not take advantage of the beautiful snowy weather that visited Wrocław?

Today two of our robots have been tested in conditions, that they have never experienced before. Our wheeled robot performed probably its most unusual mission ever – to carry an operator on a sleigh ride.

We have identified some significant limitations and problems to solve in order to allow robots to perform their inspection missions in, for instance, open-pit mines wintertime. We checked how low temperature affects their performance, and, last but not least -enjoyed our work a lot!

We have also discovered that spiders feel a bit lost in the winter scenery…