Curricular anchoring of digital core competencies - New competency goals for sustainable resource extraction 4.0

Motivation & Summary:

The digital transformation towards Industry 4.0 holds many potentials to make industry more efficient and sustainable, but at the same time also ensures that new core competencies in the field of digitalization have to be created.

This development is also gradually finding its way into the raw materials sector. Due to volatile commodity markets, declining global deposits, ever-increasing international competition and the growing importance of sustainability, the mining industry is striving for a digital transformation. Terms such as Smart Mines or Mining 4.0 summarize the totality of this movement. For the mining industry, Mining 4.0 primarily means driving forward automation, monitoring and more sustainable, selective extraction. Realizing this requires core competencies in the area of digitization.

The Create 4.0 project aims to provide future generations of raw materials engineers with the necessary expertise and prepare them for activities involving digital technologies. For this purpose, the contents of the lectures Extraction of raw materials underground and Extraction of raw materials above ground will be adapted and expanded. Students should be equipped with all the necessary core competencies in the field of digital transformation. These include the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous operating equipment, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and modern wireless communication systems such as 5G. As part of this knowledge transfer, simulators, digital twins, and a sensor practice case study will be integrated into the courses to provide students with the opportunity to transfer their knowledge to real-world systems.

Work packages in the Create 4.0 project

  • WP1: Extension and adaptation of the lecture and exercise content
  • WP2: Development of a simulator lab project
  • WP3: Creation of a sensor practice case study
  • WP4: Implementation of the new teaching content in the modules