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Robots Capable of Mapping Any Mine Including Those Under Water -Interview with Richard Papp

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In this episode, we chat with Richard Papp, Managing Director at UNEXMIN Geo-Robotics, a company that is a private spin-off arising from the U-NEX-MIN project and that has the IP of the robotic platform they have produced.

The company is pioneering surveying solutions for flooded environments. During the podcast, Richard, who has a background in geology and geophysics, is going to talk about the exciting and innovative advances they are making in geo-robotics. Including, how this can be used in the mining sector in both underground and open-pit mines.  Providing solutions for areas of any type of mine that are under water.


  • Submersibles makes it possible to explore and assess flooded mines.
  • In the EU alone there are 30,000+ closed mines. Many of which have since flooded, so the potential market for UNEXMIN is huge.
  • Many of these mines have the potential to be re-opened using new technology.
  • The rising demand for most metals and minerals is pushing the price up making resurrecting old mines viable and desirable.
  • The robots are fitted with multiple systems which makes them robust, highly manoeuvrable, precise, and easy to direct accurately.
  • Robots can dive in places humans can´t.
  • There are several other markets outside of mining for these diving and exploring robots.
  • The robots can also be used for water and chemical sampling.
  • They can create 3D maps of any mining facility, tunnel, or cave.
  • When specialist cameras are used it is possible to detect what minerals are left in the mine.
  • Rock sampling capabilities are also in development.
  • The robots can be used in any kind of water. But there are some temperature limitations.
  • The robot is modular, which makes it versatile and enables users to choose what type of information they collect.


‘In the European Union, there are 30,000 closed mines that could now be viable again. Many of them are flooded. ´

‘Based on the scientific data we collect we can make extremely detailed 3D models.’

‘By using multispectral and hyperspectral cameras it is also possible to detect what minerals are left in the mine.’


Website: https://unexmin-georobotics.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/unexmin-georobotics/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/unexmin/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNEXUP

Website: https://unexup.eu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unexup_eit

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unexup_eit/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU1azd5LxBBaa6_6C-nsbEQ/videos











Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.





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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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