CONCEPTUAL DESIGN PLANS
¡VAMOS!, the Viable Alternative Mining Operating System, a project funded
by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme,
has passed a major milestone with the successful delivery of conceptual
design plans of the prototype and all associated equipment.
This work was carried out in Work Package 2 (WP2), which
also designed the system’s architecture and its functional
specifications. WP2 is now successfully completed and the
¡VAMOS! Consortium is looking forward to the challenges
At a Technical Project Meeting held in Nijkerk, the
Netherlands on 7-8 September, the project status was
evaluated. Frank Bosman, Manager Research Develop-
ment & Innovation at Damen Dredging Equipment, based
in Nijkerk, says that the conclusion of WP2 demonstrated
that the partnership behind the project was functioning
“WP2 went very smoothly. There was good coopera-
tion between all partners, ensuring that everything went
to schedule and all documentation was submitted to the
EU on time. We are now looking forward to Work Package
3 with optimism.”
In WP3 the partners will initially be detailing the sys-
further, and will focus
on verifying and vali-
dating the design.
“We will look into
the elements sup-
plied by the various
partners in order to
so each piece can be integrated into the whole,” explains
Stef Kapusniak, SMD’s Business Development Manager
and Technical Manager of the project adds: “Also, there
are some operational issues to be verified at the test
¡VAMOS! will test the equipment on four existing mine
sites across Europe within the next 2 years to prove the
new submerged inland mining concept.
¡VAMOS! is a 42-month research and development
project launched to enable the opening and rehabilita-
tion of underexploited European mineral deposits, using a
safe, clean and low visibility method.
Currently, the EU consumes in the region of 25-35%
of the world’s metal production, whilst EU-based mineral
extraction accounts for just 3% of global ore production.
This situation leads to the EU’s importation of around 200
million tonnes of minerals per year.
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