Mining industry

Research areas
Research areas

Mining industry

The management of the environmental impacts of industry is ensured through process measurements, condition monitoring of process equipment, and monitoring of the environmental impacts of processes. CEMIS develops intelligent measurement solutions for environmental measurements in the extractive industries to promote water management and optimisation of industrial processes.

The Measurement Technology Unit (MITY) of the University of Oulu is specialised in the development of monitoring and measurement solutions based on electrochemistry, sensors, optical spectroscopy and imaging in response to the needs of industry. The unit develops reliable, real-time and continuously operating measurement systems that enable reliable monitoring of industrial processes and water quality. The unit’s facilities in Kajaani have versatile equipment and laboratories for developing and testing device prototypes.

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) has diverse expertise in the selective recovery of harmful and valuable substances from a mine’s water cycles. KAMK has conducted diverse experimental research on the processing and productisation of by-products into geopolymers or sorption materials, for example.

VTT MIKES’ Kajaani unit assesses the quality of measurement arrangements and results, tests and calibrates liquid flow measurements, and develops methods for flow measurements.

Research Manager Jarkko Räty: We develop methods for measuring the concentrations of harmful substances, such as sulphate, in industrial circulation waters. We also have strong expertise in microbiology for mining industry processes.

Laboratory Engineer Veijo Sutinen: We have the capabilities to test measurement equipment both in the laboratory and in the field. MITY has competence and device capacity to utilise drones in the sampling and measurements conducted in the field.


In the management of measurement data, the expertise of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) covers the entire chain, from measurement to the presentation of data. KAMK produces solutions for the application of sensors and measuring devices, equipment design and development, data transfer and data processing, utilisation of cloud services, and the design and implementation of user interfaces. In equipment design, KAMK offers expertise in electronics design, device-oriented programming, and telecommunications solutions.

Serious games and VR/AR solutions are utilised in, for example, induction training, communication, visualisation of industrial environments, or development of operations. KAMK’s Clever SE expert team of about ten people specialises in the development of virtual and augmented reality solutions.


CEMIS develops methods based on data analysis and artificial intelligence to optimise industrial processes and support maintenance. CEMIS offers expertise in data processing and data analytics for real-time process and environmental measurements.

Both CSC and KAMK have strong expertise in data management, data analytics, machine learning, data visualisation, and management of real-time measurement data.

With the LUMI Euro HPC supercomputer located in CSC’s data centre in Kajaani, the opportunities for utilising high-performance computing have also increased in modelling, simulation and analysis tasks related to industry that require computing capacity.


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CEMIS aims to produce solutions that strengthen the capability of businesses and other operators to face changing environmental and market factors.
In sports and exercise solutions, CEMIS’ strength lies in its technological expertise combined with research in biomechanics and physiology.
By means of measurement solutions, data analytics and the utilisation of artificial intelligence, it is possible to produce new types of services that promote people’s health, well-being, functional capacity, and quality of life.