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Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "SLIM" data sheet

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Organization address
city: MADRID
postcode: 28040

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 6˙979˙200 €
 EC max contribution 6˙979˙200 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5.3. (Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials)
 Code Call H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2020-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN AT (LEOBEN) participant 1˙173˙812.00
3    MAXAMCORP INTERNATIONAL SL ES (MADRID) participant 951˙250.00
4    LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET SE (LULEA) participant 800˙362.00
5    VA ERZBERG GMBH AT (EISENERZ) participant 518˙002.00
7    MINPOL GMBH AT (MARKT PIESTING) participant 424˙392.00
8    3GSM GmbH AT (Graz) participant 424˙050.00
9    BENITO ARNO E HIJOS SA ES (LLEIDA) participant 373˙250.00
10    MINERA DE ORGIVA SL ES (ORGIVA GRANADA) participant 307˙000.00
11    INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS DK (KGS LYNGBY) participant 276˙875.00
13    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ AT (GRAZ) participant 199˙500.00


 Project objective

The main economic, technological and environmental challenges of small mining include reducing high investment costs, reducing generation of waste and large tailings, identifying and addressing environmental impacts, and improving flexibility, automation and safety of operations. However, at the moment, there is no quick-fix available to reduce the environmental impact from mines, and it is neither realistic to expect production solutions very distant from today’s technologies. Considering that the present mining technology is based on rock blasting and mobile mining equipment for loading and transportation, the major challenge is to generate a new sustainable systemic solution that affects positively the relevant mining value chain. SLIM aims to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low impact mining solution based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations.

SLIM consortium is led by UPM (es), with LTU (se), MUL (at) and TUG (at) as Research Insitutions, 3GSM (at - Rock fragmentation and blasting software), MAXAM (es - Explosives), ORGIVA (es - Fluorite mine) and ERZBERG (at - Iron mine) and ARNO (es - Quarry) as validators in relevant environment. BRGM (fr), INVESTORNET (dk), MINPOL (at), and ZABALA (es) complement the Environmental and Economic assessments, the Communication and Dissemination activities and Social Awareness actions.

SLIM addresses the following issue: a) Sustainable selective low impact mining (2016), it has a planned duration of 48 months and a budget of €6,979,200 requesting €6,979,200 of EU funding.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 M. Bermejo, J. Navarro, J.A. Sanchidrián, P. Segarra, R. Castedo
SPH modelling of rock blasting: calibration from bench face movement data
published pages: 319-328, ISSN: , DOI:
10th World Conference on Explosives and Blasting 2019 2020-04-24
2019 P. Segarra, J.A. Sanchidrián, A.P. Perez, J. Navarro, C. Paredes
Joints mapping with commercial monitoring tools - techniques, results and lessons.
published pages: 177-187, ISSN: , DOI:
10th World Conference on Explosives and Blasting 2019 2020-04-24
2019 Seidl, T.; Hartlieb, P.; Tauchner, C.; Schimek, P.
Holistische Erfassung von Einflussgrößen auf das Sprengergebnis
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
50. Internationale Tagung für Sprengtechnik 2019, Tagungsband 2019 2020-04-24
2019 F. Schenk, A. Tscharf, G. Mayer, F. Fraundorfer
published pages: 163-170, ISSN: 2194-9050, DOI: 10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W5-163-2019
ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences IV-2/W5 2020-04-24
2019 Hartlieb, P.; Seidl, T.; Schleicher, R.; Tauchner, C.; Schimek, P.
Holistic analysis of the influence of vibration-optimised blasting patterns on the performance of a hard rock mine
published pages: 15-23, ISSN: , DOI:
Roger Holmberg (Ed.): 10th World Conference on Explosives and Blasting 2019 2020-04-24
2018 Finn Ouchterlony, Nikolaus A. Sifferlinger, Angelika Brechelmacher
Das europäische Horizon 2020-Forschungsprojekt „Sustainable Low Impact Mining – SLIM“
published pages: 52-56, ISSN: 0005-8912, DOI: 10.1007/s00501-018-0701-4
BHM Berg- und Hüttenmännische Monatshefte 163/2 2020-04-24
2018 Thomas Seidl, Christian Heiss, Maximilian Föger
Entwicklung eines Systems zur Auskleidung von Sprengbohrlöchern beim Einsatz von losem Emulsionssprengstoff
published pages: 131-134, ISSN: 0005-8912, DOI: 10.1007/s00501-018-0724-x
BHM Berg- und Hüttenmännische Monatshefte 163/4 2020-04-24
2018 R. Castedo, M. Natale, L.M. López, J.A. Sanchidrián, A.P. Santos, J. Navarro, P. Segarra
Estimation of Jones-Wilkins-Lee parameters of emulsion explosives using cylinder tests and their numerical validation
published pages: 290-301, ISSN: 1365-1609, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2018.10.027
International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 112 2020-04-24
2018 C. Yi, U. Nyberg and D. Johansson
Calibration and validation of reactive flow model parameters for an emulsion explosive
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2019 P. Couceiro, M. Lopez Cano, A. Jafa, S. Burgada & J. Fresnillo
Sustainable Blasting Strategies for Long-term Mining Projects
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
45th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique Jan. 27–30, 2019 2020-04-24
2018 J.A. Sanchidrián
SLIM: Technology for blasting to improve mining
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2018 Christian Mostegel, Friedrich Fraundorfer, Horst Bischof
Prioritized multi-view stereo depth map generation using confidence prediction
published pages: in press, ISSN: 0924-2716, DOI: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2018.03.022
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 1/2018 2020-04-24
2018 M. Natale, R. Castedo, L. M. López, J. A. Sanchidrián, P. Segarra, A. P. Santos, J. Navarro
Comparison between coupled SPH-FEM numerical model of a single hole blast and experimental test
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2018 L.M. López, R. Castedo, J.A. Sanchidrián, M. Natale, A. P. Santos, J. Navarro, M. Chiquito
Emulsion characterization with cylinder test and JWL parameters determination
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2019 P. Couceiro
Diameter-Effect Modelling in Unconfined Steady Non-ideal Detonations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
45th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique Jan. 27–30, 2019 2020-04-24
2018 Alexander Tscharf, Gerhard Mayer, Friedrich Fraundorfer, Andreas Gaich
UAVs zur Qualitätssteuerung im Tagbau
published pages: 124-130, ISSN: 0005-8912, DOI: 10.1007/s00501-018-0725-9
BHM Berg- und Hüttenmännische Monatshefte 163/4 2020-04-24
2018 J. Navarro, P. Segarra, J.A. Sanchidrián, R. Castedo, A.P. Pérez Fortes, M. Natale, L.M. López
Application of an in-house MWD system for quarry blasting
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2018 C. Yi, D. Johansson and J. Greberg
Effects of in-situ stresses on the fracturing of rock by blasting
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24
2018 C. Yi, D. Johansson and U. Nyberg
Numerical investigation for timing effects on fragmentation based on a coupled FEM-BPM-PBM model
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fragblast 12 2018 2020-04-24

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