¡VAMOS! Technology Demos in Ireland

first_img¡VAMOS! project partners together with advisory board members and interested external parties – such as geologists and researchers from companies and institutions – were present at the ¡VAMOS! technology Demonstration Day, at the Magcobar flooded mine pit, in Silvermines, Ireland. In total 85 visitors participated in the field demonstration to raise awareness of the innovative technology with stakeholders and local communities.The ¡VAMOS! project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Featuring a total of sixteen partners from nine EU countries, ¡VAMOS! seeks to address the EU’s need for (critical) raw materials, by making possible the extraction of mineral deposits from inland water-bearing areas.To reach this aim, the partners have developed an innovative system whereby a remotely operated mining vehicle is launched from a waterborne carriage.The Demo Day started with an essential briefing that covered an introduction to the ¡VAMOS! concept, legal issues, logistics and practicalities for the visit. The briefing included an interesting talk about the future plans for the brownfield site involving the development and construction of a 360 megawatt, zero-emission hydro power station on the open-cast mining site, which has been closed since 1993.In addition, there were presentations on the regional and site geology and historical mining heritage. The session ended with the important safety briefing before participants were transported to the mine site.The visit to the ¡VAMOS! mining technology at work started on shore, with the participants being shown “EVA”, an automated underwater vehicle that is used to assist in precise positioning, navigation and situational awareness of the Mining Vehicle and its surrounding environment, and that can execute preliminary surveys of underwater mine sites.The visitors were then taken by tender boat across the lake to the Launch & Recovery Vessel, where they were able to view the Mining Vehicle being deployed and winched up from the bottom of the mine where it has been working in recent weeks at various depths up to 57m, cutting in various rock and operating conditions, and pumping the cut material to a deposit on shore as a slurry.Visitors were then shown the Control Cabin and Data Centre, the hub of the ¡VAMOS! project during the trials. Here they had a hands-on experience with the virtual reality human-machine interface. From here, all the components of the technology are controlled and real-time data on the operations is collected. In combination with sensors and sampling in and around the pit registering water quality, the VR system is also used as an environmental compliance monitoring tool.Participants were asked to give feedback after the visit on their thoughts with regards to future exploitation of a system such as ¡VAMOS! and visitors coming from the community around Silvermines were asked about their perception of the operation taking place in their neighbourhood.“The ¡VAMOS! team has successfully demonstrated their ability to use the prototype mining system in very hard rock. State-of-the-art electronics and visualisation has been used to control the operations. All this was done with great consciousness and care for safety, the environment and involvement of local stakeholders.” said Sander Steenbrink, General Manager Corporate Research and Development at Boskalis from the Netherlands, and Advisory Board member for the ¡VAMOS! Project.At the end of the day, the project team was very happy with the results of both the demonstration as and the publicity generated, which reached experts in the geology and underwater fields as well as local governments and communities.Damen Dredging Equipment, being one of the main industrial partners within the ¡VAMOS! Consortium designed and built the aforementioned Launch & Recovery Vessel, plus the Slurry System on board of the Mining Vehicle. Frank Bosman, RD&I Development Manager of Damen’s Product group Dredging is the Project Manager for this scope: “This project has given us the platform to develop a dual stage slurry pump, which can be used in any mining or dredging situation where a high discharge pressure is needed and only limited space is available. Its further features, such as a high efficiency and large ball passage, have proven themselves in the ¡VAMOS! field trials, to be of the same high quality of any other Damen dredge pump.”The ¡VAMOS! trials will conclude early-November, after which the on-site team – consisting of SMD, Damen, Sandvik, InescTEC, Fugro, Zentrum für Telematik, Fugro and BMT Group Ltd – will demobilise from the Irish site. In the coming months the test results will be evaluated, and reporting to theEU will follow.Source: DAMENlast_img read more

In Roland Garros the works continue and have never stopped

first_imgRoland Garros’ works continue and have never stopped. That is confirmed by L’Equipe the common director of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Jean-François Vilott. The event had determined to undertake a sequence of reforms in its amenities and though at first it was revealed that the operators had stopped working resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work continued regardless of the decree of the state of alert and continues to be being carried out. out in the Forest of Bologna, with the concept that all the pieces is prepared in case the event is performed on the dates that the FFT introduced in its day, from September 20 to October four of this yr.“The work never stopped. From the first confinement choices, we requested our two corporations (Vinci and Cimolai) to implement sanitary safety measures that might be utilized in the constructing”says Vilott, who refers to the meeting of the roof of the foremost monitor, the Philippe Chatrier, which was accomplished in early February however isn’t but totally operational. “It opens and closes, you have to make changes, however it works”, he provides earlier than guaranteeing nuances: “The workforce has been considerably lowered since solely between 30 and 50 day laborers work in such a big place. Some FFT staff, in addition to service suppliers, to make sure security, are additionally current with masks, gels and all the required protections. “ Assist Paris hospitals and French tennisThe FFT made obtainable to the Public Help of the Hospitals of Paris the amenities of the Nationwide Coaching Middle, empty since the starting of the confinement. There, sufferers with coronavirus are handled underneath the supervision of the Federation itself, which manages logistics and makes obtainable one among their medical doctors. On the different hand, the Government Committee of the sports activities establishment authorised on Friday a help and restoration plan for the French tennis system and related sports activities, which can mobilize a complete of 35 million euros. It would serve to assist golf equipment, coaches, gamers (together with professionals), staff and event organizers.last_img read more

YWCA Gives US$10,000 to 100 Ebola Survivors

first_imgThe Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) recently gave US$100 to each of 100 Ebola survivors in Kakata, Margibi County, following a two-day intensive training on business management. At the end of the training, Madam Roseline Toweh, YWCA National General Secretary, said the business grant is intended to empower the survivors to start businesses of their own to sustain their families. The project, she said, is sponsored by the Association of Evangelicals in Liberia (AEL), and will last for 14 months, beginning this month. She said the project also seeks to put women and men who were directly affected by the Ebola virus in a better position to sustain their families.The project will provide US$200 for each of the targeted survivors, but the money, she added, will be given in two segments.“Today we are giving out the first US$100 for you to start your business, but that is not all we have for you under this project. Our (associates) will come with you beginning next week to collect your identification (ID) cards, because we are going to use US$50 to open a bank account for each of you, and the balance US$50 will be given to you later to add to your business,” Madam Toweh told the smiling beneficiaries. The bank account, she said, will be controlled by the beneficiaries, while the YWCA will only monitor the process, noting that the recipients are expected to save some of their profits in the account since the YWCA might not always be in the position to help them.“We are not opening the accounts for ourselves. When the accounts are opened, each of you will have your bank books, but all we want is for you to save some of your profits. Our (associates) will work with you all through the banking process, and will only give us the deposit slips from the banks so we can give our report to the donors. But the money is for you. You do not have to pay it back to the YWCA,” she told the beneficiaries.The project seeks to improve the livelihood of Ebola survivors and help them provide care for their children.As part of the project, YWCA will pay school fees for orphans who are being cared for by targeted survivors in Kakata.The recipients of the grant expressed gratitude to the YWCA for what they referred to as a “life changing opportunity” for them, promising to use the funds wisely.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sowa Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgSowa, an outfielder for the Drake softball team, went 2-for-4 at the plate in the second game against Wichita State on March 18. She hit an early triple in the first inning, scoring freshman teammate Mandi Roemmich for the Bulldogs’ first run of the game. She later scored in the third inning after opening the frame with a single.Sowa recorded one hit in the final game against Wichita the following day, March 19. She also scored during the fifth inning due to a Wichita State error and a wild pitch and drove in a run. Sowa and the women’s softball team travel to Omaha, Neb. to face Creighton on March 22 at 4 p.m. Following the game against Creighton, the Bulldogs continue their road trip returning to MVC play at SIU for a three-game series on March 25-26. Academically, Sow holds a 3.56 grade point average and is majoring in English and secondary education. Megan Sowa, a senior from Gurnee, Ill., has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more