By Anne Kershaw
Close to $500,000 in funding has been awarded to five projects from four Ontario colleges to work with this industry partners to create the industry tools and technologies needed to improve resource extraction more than 2.5 km under ground.
This includes wearable technologies for use in an underground mining environment, innovative cooling work wear for miners, integration of communications with garments such as shoulder straps and vests, safety garments to model thermal comfort and heat stress and automation in rock breaking.
This funding support has been awarded under OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association R&D program, funded by the Government of Ontario.
Ontario Centres of Excellence is partnering with the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN), which is managed by the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), to support these collaborative research and development projects through OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge program.