Skip to main content

Project 4.2

Mine Rehabilitation Trials Online (MRTO)

Research Program

Collaborative Infrastructure

Project Leader

Associate Professor Peter Dalhaus

Project ID



Advances in digital technologies have led to a huge increase in the collection of data by mine operators, consultants, researchers and mining rehabilitation practitioners. This mine rehabilitation trial online (MRTO) project will address issues of data and information supply (to the CRC TiME partners) related to mine closure and mine closure practices and planning, and its transformation into knowledge.

The project aim is to co-develop a framework that could underpin interoperable knowledge systems to provide CRC TiME partners, and the broader mine rehabilitation industry in general, platforms for sharing data, information and knowledge on mine closure planning and practices. The project objectives are to:

  1. Undertake consultation with end users to explore and document use-cases that provide a value proposition for the establishment of a CRC TiME knowledge management system for mine rehabilitation trials;
  2. Develop a rehabilitation trial data architectural framework (covering social, information and technical elements), including guidelines for data governance and stewardship;
  3. Develop a pilot data management portal to test the potential to inter-operably federate data from disparate sources for the two case studies: Pilbara, WA and Latrobe Valley, VIC; and
  4. Submission of a final report to CRC TiME on outcomes, knowledge gaps, recommend next steps; and identify where more substantial research is required to support platforms for sharing data, information and knowledge on mine closure planning and practices.

Project Partners

CSIRO; Energy Australia; Federation University Australia; Fortescue Metals Group Ltd; Rio Tinto Services Limited; Department for Energy and Mining, South Australian Government; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government; Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Government; Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute; Rangelands NRM Co-ordinating Group


10 months