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UNEXMIN’s Technology Appraisal Workshop

From the 31st of January to the 2nd of February, exactly one year since the beginning of the project, the UNEXMIN consortium held its fifth workshop at Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. Taking place at the home of partner organisation TUT, the workshop focussed on approving the technological developments of the project prior to the shortly-commencing manufacturing phase.

A live discussion on UX-1 robotics developments between technical project members

On day one, the three-day meeting began with a revision of all project Work Packages. The second day then consisted of technology appraisal discussions as well as workshops on technological developments on control systems and data conversion, dissemination strategy, together with the beginning of Work Packages 3 and 4. During these two days the advisory board members were present in the workshop and gave their valuable input to the discussion. The third and final day was dedicated to further technical discussions and decision-making on the mechanical design, sensory array, and systems testing.

Technical workshops are good places to discuss developments. Shown above is the mechanical design and sensors workshop.

Creating a novel technology system like UNEXMIN is not easy. This is why these project meetings are so important, as they create to tangible advancements from synergistic collaboration leading to the generation of new ideas. Work will now continue with the development and testing of other technical instruments. The next big step is to build the first robotic prototype – UX-1!

What will it look like? Check the last picture for a sneak-peak…

Scientific week in the Canary Islands: “Semanas de la Ciencia y la Innovación en Canarias”

LPRC is part of the “Semanas de la Ciencia y la Innovación en Canarias”, a scientific event that is occurring during this week over all the Canary Islands. Starting from yesterday to the end of the week, LPRC have three exhibitions running (KINDRA project, UNEXMIN project, CHPM project and the general Horizon2020 program) and today, tomorrow and Thursday will have presentations on the UNEXMIN project.

Today, Tuesday, LPRC received about 60 students from a scientific and technological high school from Villa de Mazo, in the island of La Palma, where the company is located. The presentation made by Luís (Project Manager in the UNEXMIN project) and Ariadna (Communications Manager) covered the most important aspects of the project that is developing a new multi-robotic system for the autonomous exploration on 3D mapping of flooded mines. Images and videos from the work that the UNEXMIN team has been developing were also shown to the audience.

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Luís and Ariadna answering questions from the young students.

The reception of the presentation was very good (both the information and the pictures and videos), with many of the youngsters being interested, asking questions and wanting to learn more about the project.

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The students that were present in the UNEXMIN presentation, on Tuesday.

The exhibitions from LPRC are located in Calle Real 21 in Los Llanos de Aridane and can be visited during the day by anyone.

 

UNEXMIN 2nd Follow-Up Meeting in Madrid

On the 25th and 26th of October, UNEXMIN partners met in Madrid for a follow-up workshop related to developments of the UX-1 robot.

The first day of this 5th UNEXMIN meeting was dedicated to an overall review of the latest steps and the status of the work packages defined in the project.

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UNEXMIN team during the Workshop

On the second day, the group present at the meeting was divided into three main work groups covering hardware, software and stakeholders topics.

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Workshop session on UX-1 mechanics

This follow-up workshop in Madrid allowed the UNEXMIN consortium to gain a greater perspective of what is being developed and the future steps that must be taken to ensure the best development for this unique and ambitious European project.

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UNEXMIN group photo

 

 

UNEXMIN follow-up meeting in Porto

UNEXMIN partners met in the beautiful city of Porto during the 28th and 29th of July.

The reason for this reunion was a UNEXMIN follow-up meeting on the project where every currently running Work Package (a block of the work breakdown structure) coordinator presented a review of the work done until now, and a planning of respective future developments.

There were also many relevant discussions on topics related to UNEXMIN’s overall advancement, such as project organisation and the development of UX-1, the multi-robotic platform.

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UNEXMIN team discussing UX-1 developments

 

UNEXMIN meeting in Tampere

From the 24th to the 26th of May, UNEXMIN partners held a meeting in Tampere, Finland.

The meeting, entitled “End-user requirement specification workshop”, aimed to define and specify the technical features of the autonomous multi-robotic explorer in order to best serve end-users who will enlist UX-1’s services in the future.

Discussions included everything from the robot’s size, weight, shape, its autonomy, navigation, survivability under harsh conditions such as underground mines, to the instruments it will carry for geological data collection and post-processing on its future missions.

Discussion during the technical workshop

Discussion during the technical workshop

UNEXMIN meeting at the Deep Ecton mine

UNEXMIN consortium members visited the Deep Ecton mine, one of the copper mines located in Ecton Hill, Staffordshire (near Manchester), UK.

Deep Ecton will be the last and most technologically challenging test site (from a total of four) for the UX-1 multi-platform robot’s surveying work.

Adrienn and Luis participated in the meeting on behalf of LPRC.

UNEXMIN group studying actual conditions for UX-1 at Deep Ecton

UNEXMIN representatives studying analogue operating conditions for UX-1 at Deep Ecton

UNEXMIN kick-off meeting in Miskolc!

The UNEXMIN kick-off meeting took place in Miskolc, Hungary on the 18th and 19th of February 2016.

Thirteen organisations from seven countries across Europe are collaborating in an ambitious project to develop a submersible robotic system to be used for surveying and exploring flooded mines.

The €5M project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, will include the development of a Robotic Explorer (UX-1) for autonomous 3D mine-mapping to gather valuable geological information which cannot be obtained in any other way – in general the mines are too deep and dangerous for access by human divers.

Balazs and Tamas represented the LPRC team at the event.

Read more about the UNEXMIN project here.

WP8 introduction by Balazs Bodo

Work Package 8 introduction by Balazs

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