Research & development

Diamond mining is a knowledge-intensive process, requiring the most advanced technology and production design solutions. Here, ALROSA has vast resources.

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Ivan Ivanov

Scientific Secretary of the Expert Council for Innovations under the President of OJSC ALROSA, Candidate of Technical Sciences

E: IvanovIA@alrosa.ru

T: +7 495 620 9250, *1161

Science and Design

Diamond mining is traditionally a knowledge-intensive production, where state-of-the-art technology is concentrated, breakthrough design solutions are embodied.

Yakutniproalmaz Research and Design Institute (http://www.ynalrosa.ru/) and Geo-Scientific Research Enterprise (NIGP), located in Mirny, carry out significant volumes of scientific studies in the field of mining and minerals processing technology, geological exploration.

Yakutniproalmaz Institute acts as a general designer, project coordinator and generator. Design of mining enterprises is carried out based on technical specifications and process procedures developed based on the results of the institute scientific department work. The critical objectives of designing are protection of mineral resources and environment, compliance with the requirements of the industrial safety and completeness of the reserves extraction.

Scientific Activities

General Information

Main directions of research and development activities carried out by Yakutniproalmaz Institute:

The Institute experts carry out research and development activities (R&D), process operations (PO), and render engineering and technical services (ETS).

In 2017, the amount of scientific works, including those carried out by the contractors, will reach RUB 712 mln, which is 27% higher compared with a year earlier.

Research and scientific-and-technical services for 2017 are performed within the R&D thematic plan on 36 subjects. Commissioners of works were all the Company subdivisions, and such organizations as Catoca Ltd. Mining Co., PJSC Severalmaz, PJSC ALROSA-Nyurba, etc.

In the general structure of expenditures for scientific works in 2017, including R&D, PO and ETS, the maximum share accounts for mining (35.0%) and processing (22.8%). Works in the field of geological and economical assessment of the mineral resource base, economy and social policy make up 22.1%. 7.6% of the amount of financing are allocated to solve environmental problems.

The bulk of research activities focus on solving relevant problems and tasks of the production, search and creation of promising technological developments in the field of mining (open-pit and underground), beneficiation, energy saving, and environment protection. 

Scientific Works

In 2016, the Institute experts published 40 research articles in various print media.

In terms of technical developments created during R&D work, in 2016, there were obtained 12 registration certificates for software applications, 6 registration certificates for databases, 1 RF patent for invention, 1 decision on granting the RF utility model patent. In 2016, in Rospatent there were registered 6 applications for invention, 2 – for utility models, 12 – for software applications, 6 – for databases. Nine protection documents for utility models and inventions were obtained in the first half-year of 2017.

Scientific developments implemented into production

In terms of the earlier implemented measures, the actual economic effect in 2016 was approximately RUB 1.5 bln. In 2017, the expected economic effect from the use of 36 implemented scientific and technical developments will reach RUB 640.4 mln.

The results of examination of physical and mechanical properties of frozen rocks of kimberlite deposits in Yakutia
The results of examination of physical and mechanical properties of frozen rocks of kimberlite deposits in Yakutia
Laboratory tests
Laboratory tests
Improvement of ultra-deep open pit mines’ parameters
Improvement of ultra-deep open pit mines’ parameters
Study of the environment situation by the accredited laboratory experts
Atomic absorption spectrometer Quantum-2АТ
Atomic absorption
spectrometer Quantum-2АТ
Hardware and software complex based on the gas chromatograph Crystal-5000.1
Hardware and software complex based on the gas chromatograph Crystal-5000.1
Spectrophotometers UNICO
Spectrophotometers UNICO

 

Design and Survey Activities

The volume of performed design and survey works (DSW) in 2017 amounted to RUB 1,095.3 mln, including those without subcontracting – RUB 933.1 thousand, with subcontracting – RUB 162.2 thousand.

Main directions of design and survey works:

All design and survey operations are executed within the R&D thematic plan for 2017. Commissioners of works were all the Company subdivisions, affiliated and subsidiary entities, as well as external customers, such as Catoca Ltd. Mining Co., PJSC Severalmaz, PJSC ALROSA-Nyurba, JSC Almazy Anabara, LLC NG-Energo, ENGINEERING DOBERSEK GmbH and others.

Critical activities of 2017:

 

Designing with BIM technologies

Since 2013, works have been carried out for the employees of design departments to master AutoCAD software tool and new BIM design technologies. These works allowed switching to the full scale designing with the use of BIM technologies since 2016.

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This page was last updated on 27 August 2013 at 14.04