Test facilities database moves step closer

METS Ignited is pleased to announce AECOM has been commissioned to undertake a stocktake of Australia's test sites and sandpits as part of its Mining Living Labs Network initiative.

AECOM will compile a database of testing environments in Australia and overseas to be made available through an online interface that will be regularly updated to ensure it remains accurate.

The stocktake will cover activities across the mining value chain and the different commodities, technology types and stages of technology development (e.g. test labs, near real and real world testing environments).

The information will enable METS companies, researchers and miners to search using specific criteria to determine which sites best suit their project needs.

METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros said the purpose of the stocktake was to help fast-track the innovation cycle and bring industry together to work on challenges in open collaboration.

"The stocktake will uncover the range of test sites, facilities and sandpits currently available to the sector, enabling METS companies, miners and researchers to make new connections," Mr Gros said.

"The Living Labs will create an environment in which innovators can trial and demonstrate the value add of solutions to miners. This will assist in reducing technical and integration risk for miners who wish to take on new technologies," he said.

"This is designed to bring suppliers and customers together and to turn innovative solutions into commercially viable outcomes."

The METS Living Labs Network is a joint initiative between METS Ignited and the Queensland Government. METS Ignited is one of six Growth Centres funded by the Australian Government under the Industry Growth Centre initiative.

If you have a test site, sandpit or facility to be included in the list, please complete the following survey by 12 May 2017: