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MINETRAIN. Economic Study and Implementation of Pyhäsalmi Mine Open Education and Research

Goal: In an extremely competitive mining industry, the onsite experience is considered as a big advantage even for recruitment to entry level positions. The MINETRAIN project proposes to develop training programs for people working in mining and related disciplines. The learning goals of the MINETRAIN project are that learners have the skills for sustainable management of any phase of sustainable mining operations - from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource, through a feasibility study, mine design, development of plans, production and process operations to mine closure.

Date: 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2020

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Kirsi Luolavirta
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Lifelong development of skills and knowledge of mining professionals has been recognised worldwide as a challenge for the development of a sustainable mining sector. Practical training and learning over the mine value chain are among the key components of this knowledge building. However, the number of available mining sites for continuous education in real-life conditions is limited, while also the specifications for practical training are not clearly defined. The project MINETRAIN has been developed to (i) evaluate the potential of the shortly-closing Pyhäsalmi Mine, in Finland, as an educational and training underground facility, and thus, prolong the utility of the existing modern mine site, and to (ii) develop and test practical training programs for mining and mining industry related professionals. Pyhäsalmi facilities enable training among all disciplines related to the overall mine value chain and hence, the project has potential in providing education for sustainable management of any phase of mining operations. The philosophy underpinning the MINETRAIN approach to mining activities is to assist the clients in minimising the technical and financial risks by providing a competitive and skilled personnel asset while optimising the value drivers in their operations. As a first major step of the project, a pilot training course, involving basic-level online theory and hands-on training at the Pyhäsalmi mine site, was undertaken in summer 2019. Feedback from the pilot test group of mining professionals has proved to be very positive. The comments from the participants highly emphasized the added value of the practical onsite training for improved understanding in the large scale picture of mining on all the value chain. As a second phase of the project a new test course was launched in June 2020. The second MINETRAIN course focuses on new technologies and digitization in mining.
George Barakos
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We are more than happy to welcome you to participate to the MINETRAIN online event Digital Life of a Mine introducing the Sandvik test mine site (Tampere, Finland) and the Pyhäsalmi Mine (Pyhäjärvi, Finland). The course topics will dig into the digital technologies and automation in the different phases of the mining activities.
For more information visit our page:
For your enrollment to the MINETRAIN online event click here:
 
George Barakos
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For further information please visit our page: www.minetrain.eu
 
George Barakos
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An online course will launch in June 2020, introducing the different technological applications utilized in exploration, mine planning, mining activities and mineral processing.
Go in the webpage of MINETRAIN (www.minetrain.eu) and enroll for the courses! #mining #exploration #metallurgy #miningindustry #onlinecourse #eitrawmaterials #minetrain
 
George Barakos
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A big success story for MINETRAIN.
Stay tuned, for another pilot summer course that is coming, focusing on automation and digitilization in mining! #training #engineering #innovation #eitrawmaterials #lifelonglearning
 
George Barakos
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Training and lifelong learning of mining industry professionals over the value chain of critical raw materials has been recognised worldwide as a challenge for the development of a strong raw materials mining sector. Nevertheless, the number of available mining sites for continuous practical education is limited, while also the specifications for practical training are not clearly defined. As part of the ongoing MINETRAIN research project, a stakeholders' survey has been launched to determine the type of trainees and their needs for practical training. The results are used to develop an on-site multidisciplinary course at the Pyhäsalmi underground mine, in Finland.
George Barakos
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In an extremely competitive mining industry, onsite experience is a big advantage. Mining education at the universities is mostly focused on theoretical studies without a possibility of practical training in mining sites. Hence, experimental mines suitable for practical education are needed to provide a platform for systematic research and education in industrial scale and for training in real mining conditions. Yet, this kind of mine sites is rare worldwide. Thus, a new educational research project, namely MINETRAIN is introduced in this paper evaluating the transition of the Pyhäsalmi mine in Central Finland from an active base metal mine to a research, educational and training underground facility. The uniqueness of MINETRAIN compared to other test mine programs is that the existing state‐of‐art infrastructure in Pyhäsalmi enables research and training facilities among all disciplines related to the overall mine value chain. Though all the above sound interesting in the context of research and education purposes, in practice Pyhäsalmi will have to become an experimental mine that can be sustainable in the future. Accordingly, a prefeasibility study is being conducted and some preliminary results are presented in this paper.
George Barakos
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Dear colleagues,
I’m writing to inform that the MINETRAIN project is launching its pilot training program, which was designed based on the stakeholder survey input, and ask you please to forward this call to all those who might be interested within your organizations and professional networks.
The program was designed for all those working in the mining industry and willing to enrich their understanding of the mining life cycle and value chain. The course includes online teaching material and a one-week practical training in real-life conditions at the Pyhäsalmi Mine in Finland, covering the following areas:
· Health, safety and environment
· Geology and exploration
· Mining and mineral processing
· Mine closure
The online course was designed as a series of reading and visual material which provide the theoretical basis of the different disciplines within mining. The course will be launched on the 1st of July and participants will have up to 6 weeks to complete it. Participants are expected to spend approximately 40 hours to complete the online modules and questions related to each topic.
The onsite practical training at Pyhäsalmi Mine in Finland, taking place between August 26th and 30th, will be offered to all participants who have completed the online course. This part of the course is limited to 15 people and registration will work on a first-come, first-served basis. MINETRAIN will provide transport from Oulu to Pyhäsalmi, accommodation and meals for participants. After completing the entire MINETRAIN program, participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment.
How to enrol?
The call is open to all interested in mining and related industry and the only requirement is good English skills. Enrolment will be open until July 21st, through the following link:
 
George Barakos
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In an extremely competitive mining industry, onsite experience is a big advantage. Mining education at the universities is mostly focused on theoretical studies without a possibility of practical training in mining sites. Hence, experimental mines suitable for practical education are needed to provide a platform for systematic research and education in industrial scale and for training in real mining conditions. Yet, this kind of mine sites is rare worldwide. Thus, a new educational research project, namely MINETRAIN is introduced in this paper evaluating the transition of the Pyhäsalmi mine in Central Finland from an active base metal mine to a research, educational and training underground facility. The uniqueness of MINETRAIN compared to other test mine programs is that the existing state-of-art infrastructure in Pyhäsalmi enables research and training facilities among all disciplines related to the overall mine value chain. Though all the above sound interesting in the context of research and education purposes, in practice Pyhäsalmi will have to become an experimental mine that can be sustainable in the future. Accordingly, a prefeasibility study is being conducted and some preliminary results are presented in this paper.
George Barakos
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There is an ongoing Stakeholders Survey regarding the training courses developed in the MINETRAIN project. The purpose of this survey is to identify the interest and needs of potential participants.
Click here http://minetrain.eu/newsletter.html to be redirected, fill in the survey sheet and submit it.
Alternatively, you can scan the QR code above.
When publishing the results, your personal information will remain confidential. We appreciate your time and effort.
 
George Barakos
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The official webpage of MINETRAIN is uploaded!
You may visit us on: www.minetrain.eu/
 
George Barakos
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MINETRAIN is funded from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT - https://eitrawmaterials.eu/), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programm for Research and Innovation
 
George Barakos
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George Barakos
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In an extremely competitive mining industry, the onsite experience is considered as a big advantage even for recruitment to entry level positions. The MINETRAIN project proposes to develop training programs for people working in mining and related disciplines. The learning goals of the MINETRAIN project are that learners have the skills for sustainable management of any phase of sustainable mining operations - from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource, through a feasibility study, mine design, development of plans, production and process operations to mine closure.