The virtual mine is created by the University's researchers in Mining and Rock Engineering and Visual Arts – the latter usually work with international computer game and VFX companies.
The virtual mine has been developed by the Swedish consortium within the SIMS project, with Epiroc and Luleå University of Technology at the forefront.
"A fine collaboration example"
The special prize is awarded by the national strategic innovation program Swedish Mining Innovation, which draws attention to innovations related to mining and metal extraction, with the motivation:
The VR mine is a fine example of a collaboration between industry and academia on which the Swedish mining innovation system is based. It visualizes sustainable intelligent mining in an interesting and realistic way, and creates interest and makes knowledge of modern mining available to an important target group; children, young people and the general public.
The virtual mine reaches a large number of children and young people through installations at the Technical Museum in Stockholm and the Teknikens hus in Luleå.
– Of all the nominations, it stood out because it showed the collaboration on which the Swedish mining innovation system is so successfully based, and also because it is aimed at a very important target group – children, young people and the general public, says Jenny Greberg, program director for Swedish Mining Innovation and chairperson of the jury.
Other winners of the 2020 mining innovation award are Orexplore, for X-ray technology for drill cores, and Minalyze for scanners of large volumes of drill samples.
* SIMS (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems) is a research and development project focused on tomorrow's mining technology funded by the EU's Horizon 2020.