The XV International Mining Congress, organized by the Spanish Consejo Superior de Colegios de Ingenieros de Minas (Higher Council of Colleges of Mining Engineering) and the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Minas del Centro de España (Official Association of Mining Engineers of Central Spain) and held at the Palacio de Congresos of the Spanish city of León was a success. It brought together more than 400 professionals from 150 companies and institutions, students, and technicians from the sector.

DigiEcoQuarry was very much present in this important event with a specific stand and an important presence at several round tables, sessions, and expositions. Lorena Viladés, one of the members of our coordination team, introduced DEQ to the audience and presented the Consortium, the general aspects of the project, its goals, and its impact on the quarrying industry with a presentation titled: The future of the aggregates sector is already present.

She also took part in a clustering event organized by the Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster along with other EU-funded projects such as: S34I, MaDiTraCe , C-SINK Project, RESiLEX, ECHO, TARANTULA, ROTATE, START, SEMACRET, RAWMINA.

Paulo Romero, also a member of DEQ’s coordination team, introduced the project in several public appearances. He presented three papers, which attracted a wide audience interested in the digital transformation of aggregates quarries. Although all three addressed the digitization of the extractive sector, showing examples and cross-cutting issues across the mining sector.

The presentations, mostly linked to the DEQ project, addressed key issues for the industry, such as:

  1. DigiEcoQuarry Project – The Challenges in the Digital Transformation of Aggregates Quarries.
  2. Aggregates 4.0 – Digitalization in the aggregates industry: Implementation, uses, and success stories.
  3. Benchmarking and Balanced Scorecard in the aggregates sector: Transfer of good practices and continuous improvement.

Also, Santiago Berjano, from the General Directorate for Energy, Mining, and After Coal Development of the Autonomous Community of The Principality of Asturias presented the role of this institution in the project and delivered an account of the role of this project related to the strategic framework for the supply of mineral raw materials.