Active Projects

The Research, Development, Innovation and training projects in Callio Lab include

H2020 GOLDENEYE – Earth observation and Earth GNSS data acquisition and processing platform for safe, sustainable and cost-efficient mining operations

The Goldeneye project implements a unique combination of remote sensing and positioning technologies, exploiting Earth observation and Earth GNSS data, together with data fusion and processing powered by data analytics and machine-learning algorithms. The platform will allow satellites, drones and in-situ sensors to collect high-resolution data of the entire mine, which can be processed and converted into actionable intelligence for safety, environmental monitoring and overall productivity, allowing more efficient exploration, extraction and closure. These tools will be demonstrated in five field trials in Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Finland, creating a compelling value proposition for implementation across the mining industry value chain. The project has a duration of three years and an EC funding of 8.36 M€. The consortium includes a large industrial partner, seven SMEs, four academic/research centres and four end-users, supported by a strong advisory board of experts in geosciences.

Project web site

The project is coordinated by Finnish VTT.

University of Oulu contacts

Research director Ossi Kotavaara
029 448 7852


Empowering Underground Laboratory network usage

The Empowering Underground Laboratory network usage (EUL) concentrates on developing customer relationship processes of the network and individual underground laboratories. The Innovation platform created in the BSUIN project tested and its market reach is evaluated and developed to reach underground facilities beyond the project network.

The EUL consortium has 13 members from eight Baltic Sea countries, and it is co-ordinated by Kerttu Saalasti Institute of the University of Oulu. Six underground labs are looking for new collaboration in the project. BSUIN is funded by the EU Baltic Sea Region Interreg program under the priority area Capacity for Innovation.

Link to project website

MINETRAIN – Economic Study and Implementation of open education and research

The project MINETRAIN aims to develop an advanced level training programme for mining industry professionals. The approach is to provide a holistic view of the whole mine lifecycle, as well as opportunities to test both skills and mining equipment in an actual deep mine site. The project will also assess the viability of using a closing mine for such novel, high-quality teaching for professionals and students. The novelty of the training is that it combines multi-disciplinary perspectives with practical hands-on experiences in a deep mine site, using state-of-the-art equipment. Minetrain is an EIT – Raw materials project and it is coordinated by the Oulu Mining School
Project Coordinator
Professor Saija Luukkanen
Oulu Mining School
University of Oulu

Project Representatives

Dr.-Ing. George Barakos
Institute for Mining & Special Civil Engineering
TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Past Projects

Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network

The Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project aims to make the underground laboratories in the Baltic Sea region more accessible for innovation, business development and science by improving the information about the underground laboratories, the operation, user experiences and safety.

The BSUIN consortium has 13 members from eight Baltic Sea countries and it is co-ordinated by Kerttu Saalasti Institute of the university of Oulu. Six underground labs are looking for new collaboration in the project. BSUIN is funded by EU Baltic Sea Region Interreg program under the prioirity area Capacity for Innovation.

Link to project website

Oulu School of Architecture is conducting an intelligent lighting pilot study in Callio Lab as a part of the BSUIN project’s activities


Energy Mine

The project Energy mine is researching the geothermal energy potential of Pyhäsalmi mine and innovative technologies to capture the energy from a deep mine as well as to investigate the commercial potential to utilise the energy. The project is led by Geological Survey institute of Finland together with Kerttu Saalasti Institute. The project is funded by European Regional Development Funds and supported also by Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy and the city of Pyhäjärvi

Plant production in Mine

In the experimental project Plant Production in Mine underground farm of Natural Resources Institute of Finland makes use of production environment and technology built by Pyhäjärven Kehitys Oy in Underground Infrastructure in Pyhäsalmi Mine project. The production and marketing of special crops with technologies that can be utilized in underground environments have also been identified as a region’s major potential for growth.  The experimental production of plants aims to learn how plant production can be carried out in the mine and what kinds of plants are best suited for underground environment.

More information at



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