On November 3 and 4, the DigiEcoQuarry project consortium, made up of 25 organizations, met again in Milano.

During two intense days, the progress that each working group has achieved in the last year, the risks to be faced and their possible solutions, as well as the main lines of future work were presented

The meeting culminated with a visit by the whole group to the Holcim Group’s gravel pit, which is participating as a pilot operation in the project, something necessary to be able to study and plan specific solutions based on each case, but conceived to be exported, once the necessary adjustments have been made to any mining operation

DigiEcoQuarry is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program that aims to develop systems, technologies, and processes to drive the digitization and automation of mining operations to make them safer, more sustainable, and more competitive. To achieve this goal, we will combine tools such as artificial intelligence (AI); cyber-physical systems, or the possibilities brought by the Internet of Things (IoT).

The final step will be to test these systems in five EU quarries to improve worker health and safety. The overall goal is to sustainably increase the supply of minerals for the construction sector.