The SIMS project was a successful EU project within the research and innovation program Horizon2020, SIMS spanned from May 2nd 2017 to April 30th 2020.

The vision was: To create a long lasting impact on the way we test and demonstrate new technology and

solutions for the mining industry. With a selected consortium ranging from mining companies, equipment and system suppliers to top-class universities, the SIMS project will boost development and innovation through joint activities aiming at creating Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems.


Take a look at the latest achievements within SIMS.

Final words from SIMS

The SIMS project has now officially ended the 30 of April 2020.

Read the final reflections from Jan Gustafsson, SIMS Project Manager. 

What´s next?

Great news that NEXGEN SIMS team has successfully passed the first application phase in the creation of a new project. We are now focusing on the next step in the application with the ambition to continue our work towards an even more sustainable mining industry.

Watch out for more upcoming news about this project application!

Try the SIMS VR Mines!

This virtual mine is a safe, easy and educational way to visit the future of mining.

SIMS on Twitter

The SIMS Twitter Updates has gone through the finish line, but the journey will be intact! Feel free to walk back on the SIMS memory lane.


Find out more about the SIMS project through this summary of highlights listed on this page.




Short on Time?

Watch the 60 second SIMS Trailer for a fast project overview. Have more time? Scroll below for full project details covered in the SIMS Movie. 


Dive in to the ever growing list of achievements made in the SIMS project so far. Filter by People, Sustainability and Technology and learn more about the people and efforts that drive the mining industry forward. 

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Watch the SIMS Movie for full project details. 

We will achieve our objectives through a number of work packages and demonstrations split between Industry leaders, innovative Universities and technology leading underground Mining partners.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important.

This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

Read more here.

Demonstration Locations

Successful demonstrations of each technology are key points in the SIMS project.

Project start date

Tuesday May 2nd 2017

Project end date

Thursdag April 30th 2020

Project Total Budget

million euro

Project length