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Mineral raw material flow systems are complex and require adequate visualisation for understanding their characteristics. Visualisation tools should support analysis, evaluation and optimization of such systems. However, as the systems are complex visualisation is a demanding task, as the model illustrations and results have to be cognitively sizable. Therefore, this requires the implementation of different levels of resolution and techniques to disintegrate or merge flows and processes.

Different visualisation tools will be evaluated and compared to identify strength and weaknesses. Several parameters (e.g., technique to merge flows) for visualization of material systems will be systematically analysed. Different key components of visualisation tools like zoom (aggregation/disaggregation) will be used to describe the work of visualising a global materials map.

A step-by-step methodology will be described to develop a visualisation platform and to create and communicate data driven MFA stories:

  • Collect: Gathering of data from e.g. GIS
  • Create: Exploration phase where journeys are made and recorded. This is a two phase process in which the raw data is formatted under the elicitation phase then subsequently analysed for trends and stories under the communication phase.
  • Communicate - A collective repository of stories created from the data
The figure shows a snapshot of the cover page of the synthesis brief
MinFuture Workshop synthesis brief No. 3

In order to develop strategies as well as to define and reach goals concerning raw materials management, maps are needed to help navigate existing knowledge and data.

Impression from the third MinFuture workshop in Brussels, showing the participants listening to an input presentation

The purpose of this workshop was to further develop the roadmap for monitoring the physical economy. During the spring of 2018, the MinFuture project has held several commodity specific workshops to test the developed framework and to identify commodity specific trends, opportunities and challenges that can inform the MinFuture roadmap.  Workshops has been held on aluminium, cobalt, neodymium, platinum, phosphorus and construction aggregates, and stakeholders from different parts of the supply chain has contributed to it.

Group photo of the participants of the 2nd MinFuture workshop

The purpose of this workshop was to initiate a dialogue with key stakeholders that report raw materials data, use data to develop MFA models, or use MFA models to inform decision making. The knowledge and needs of data providers, users and decision actors are different, but in order for a ‘common approach’ to be developed their input is required.

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