WP1 COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT

UPM (lead), Zabala, all partners

This WP is dedicated to coordinating and managing all project-related actions in order to guarantee its successful execution and the adequate
advance of the project in terms of schedule, resources, scope and expected impacts.

The objectives of WP1 are:

  • To improve the understanding of the non-ideal detonation properties of civil explosives, the energy release pattern and
    the detonation gas components under the conditions of non-ideal detonation.
  • To evaluate explosive performance during blasting.
  • To improve and implement knowledge about the effects of rock mass characteristics (hardness, fracturing and geology)
    and how this can be used in: production planning, fragmentation, mill performance, and environmental effects (blast
    damage, vibrations).
  • To assess, with a reasonable accuracy, the effect of explosive properties, rock mass properties and blast layout on
    fragmentation by blasting and to improve current fragmentation prediction models. To do this, good non-ideal explosives
    material models are required as well as rock material properties.

1.1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN

This task will keep track of all management efforts in regards to resource allocation, scheduling and ruling of
management entities in order to compose a project management handbook summarising all the required knowledge for
the good management of the project (in terms of administrative forms, financial aspects, quality process…).

1.2. TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE TO PROJECT PARTNERS

UPM as the Project Coordinator acts as the visible liaison between all consortium partners and the European Commission. The Project Office plays a supporting role in the successful execution of all official administrative procedures including financial control, formal revision and submission of all due project-generated content (deliverables and reports) to the European Commission, scheduling of consortium meetings and keeping track of partner attendance and preliminary documentation to circulate among the consortium, supervising and keeping partners informed via meeting records and executive summaries, providing day-to-day backup assistance to all other management bodies within the consortium.

1.3. CONSORTIUM MEETINGS

The consortium members will attend the project meetings, along with the European Commission Officers. Each meeting will promote a collaborative environment and open debate between the consortium members. The European Commission will be invited to the biannual consortium meetings planned during the project’s lifecycle. The periodical meetings will help monitoring the smooth execution of the project, current work progress and the quality of the results obtained during the previous months leading to the meeting. Milestones, deliverables and expected results will act as main reference points and criteria to assess and monitor progress. Open discussion of results and future planning arrangements is encouraged. The closure meeting will wrap up the project execution with a global review of the project’s scope, impact and technical achievements.

1.4. REPORTING ON TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL PROGRESS

A dedicated staff with wide experience in administration and finance will work from the Project Office to support the Project Coordinator in handling the necessary administrative and financial procedures, resolve any related issue that might arise and expected deliverables. The consortium will prepare three Technical Progress and Financial Reports, several Intermediate Activity Reports in order to have continuous feedback on the project’s execution and completion rate. The Project Coordinator will be in charge of requesting and aggregating the partial reports and deliverables and communicating them to the European Commission.

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