A step on the geotechnology road

V.Zh. Arens

The article discusses the problems of enhancing the status of a researcher in Russia. The author proves that for the progress of mining sectors and the development of new mineral deposits with less abundant resources and more unfavourable geological conditions and geography of great importance is the development of novel highly efficient exploration, mineral mining and processing technologies. The author adheres to the opinion that for new mineral deposits, their assessment and mine planning it seems feasible to undertake pilot projects thus reducing the time period between the discovery of a deposit and its commissioning.The article describes opportunities of enhancing the efficiency of the Russian mineral mining sector operation and R&D work in the area of engineering innovations.