Digital past, present, and future of mining industry

S.V. Lukichev
Mining Institute KSC RAS, Apatity, Russian Federation
Russian Mining Industry №4 / 2021 р. 73-79

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Abstract: The process of introducing digital technologies in mining has an evolutionary character and began with the appearance of electronic computing machines at large enterprises, design and scientific organizations. At the initial stage, solving the tasks of mining technology with the use of computers was mainly of demonstration character. Development of works in this branch has led to differentiation of the general task into separate areas: mining-geological information systems (MGIS); geomechanical safety ensuring systems; dispatching systems; programs for solving individual tasks of mining technology. One of the most important directions of digital transformation is mining-geological information systems (MGIS), the development of which went, as a rule, from solving tasks of deposit reserves estimation to modeling of mining technology objects, tools for solving surveying tasks, design and planning of mining works. Evaluating the functionality of MGIS known in the Russian market, we can state that the achieved development level generally meets the requirements of a Digital Mine - the way of representation of objects and processes of mining technology as digital models describing the properties and behaviour of real objects in a single digital space of the enterprise. The next stage of digital transformation is a Digital Twin, which can be characterized as a Digital Mine that has on-line communication links between real equipment units and their digital models. Creation of the Digital twin implies real-time reproduction of the natural-engineering system functioning, reflecting its actual or forecasted state.

Keywords: digital technologies, digital economy, digital mine, digital twin, digital transformation, mining-geological information system, mining technology

For citation: Lukichev S.V. Digital past, present, and future of mining industry. Gornaya promyshlennost = Russian Mining Industry. 2021;(4):73–79. (In Russ.) DOI 10.30686/1609-9192-2021-4-73-79.

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Received: 27.06.2021

Revised: 19.07.2021

Accepted: 21.07.2021

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Sergey V. Lukichev – Dr. Eng., Director, Mining Institute Kola Science Centre RAS, Apatity, Russian Federation; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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