More than 380 participants from 32 countries attended the third international symposium Mineral Resources and Mine Development of the Aachen International Mining Symposia (AIMS) series at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany in late May
AIMS 2010 Third International Symposium: Mineral Resources and Mine Development was held May 26-27, 2010, in Aachen, Germany. The event's featured theme, ìManaging today¥s resources, securing tomorrow¥s supply,î was addressed in about 50 research presentations. Additionally, members of the European Union commission, politicians affiliated with national and global governmental organizations, representatives of research institutions and academia, producers and suppliers discussed mineral scarcity challenges, sustainable management of mining operations, and latest research findings.
More than 380 participants from 32 countries attended the third international symposium of the Aachen International Mining Symposia (AIMS) series at RWTH Aachen University. Against the background of increasing prices and newly predicted shortages in raw material supply, attendees were provided identification of critical raw materials, as well as analysis of their supply and demand at national and European Union levels. Furthermore, discussions focused on options to explore deposits in Europe. The mine-development theme included legal, infrastructural and environmental issues.
Underground mining equipment suppliers targeted product development and strategies to meet today's challenges. Two trends emerged: wider use of mechanical extraction as an alternative to drilling and blasting; and extensive growth in information technology applications, directed in the long term at automation, including autonomous equipment and processes.