GMG Brisbane Forum


Day 1: August 29

Theme: Enabling Innovation to Improve the Way We Mine

Collaboration Driving Industry Innovation

Heather Ednie, CEO | Global Mining Guidelines Group

Global Mining Guidelines Group provides a collaborative and innovative space for stakeholders across the mining industry to share knowledge, expertise and experience to develop operator-driven guidance, resources, and common practices in response to industry demand. Learn more about how you can make an impact through GMG.

Autonomous Mining Case Study

Trent Smith, Group Manager – Autonomous Services | Thiess

Details to come

Panel: Lessons Learned in The Implementation of Autonomous Mining

Moderator: Patrick Marshall, Vice-President, Technology, MacLean Engineering Australia

Andrew Scott | GMG Ambassador

Ben Semple, Product Manager – Technology and Automation URE, Epiroc

Jeff Sterling, Managing Director | Universal Field Robots

Justin Thomas, Business Development Manager | Sandvik

With automation more readily available and the industry advancing toward zero-entry mining, discover lessons learned during the execution and deployment of autonomous systems. What’s working, what isn’t working, and how to address varied levels of autonomous system maturity as we continue to implement autonomous mining.

Human-Systems Integration for Mining Automation

Robin Burgess-Limerick, Professorial Research Fellow | The University of Queensland

The introduction of automation to mining has great potential to reduce safety and health risks by removing people from hazardous situations. However, automation does not remove people from the system – it just changes the tasks they undertake. For the system to function safely, these new tasks must be designed taking human abilities and limitations into account.  Automation can also introduce new types of errors and, potentially, new hazards. An overriding focus on safety has been identified as a critical aspect of the successful introduction of automation.

Human-systems integration refers to a set of systems engineering processes that ensure that human-related issues are adequately considered during system planning, design, development, and evaluation. Human-systems integration is a continuous process that should begin during the definition of requirements for any automation project, continue throughout system design, and throughout commissioning and operation to verify that safety goals have been achieved.

Working Session | Autonomous Mining: Creating a Sustainable Future

The mining industry is increasingly embracing automation as a safety and productivity enabler and as a critical factor in creating a sustainable future of mining. For these reasons, automation is a key part of many mining companies’ digital transformation roadmaps alongside advances in artificial intelligence, system integration, remote operations, and the Internet of Things. While autonomous mining is innovating the mining industry, it also introduces new challenges. This session will look at the challenges and opportunities autonomous mining presents, and share good practices to take back to your operation.

Theme: Harnessing the Power of Data

Panel: Don’t Let the Bad Guys Stop Your Mine – Building Cyber Resiliency Into Your Operations

Moderator: Kalev Ruberg, CEO and Executive Technology Advisor, Karu Advisory Ltd. and Chair, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Panellists to date:

Cherie Burgett, Director of Cyber Intelligence Operations | MM-ISAC

Johnny Serrano, Head of Digital & Technology (Acting) | Thiess

Rob Labbé, Founding Chair and CISO in Residence | MM-ISAC

Cyber criminals share knowledge and tools freely. Their attacks not only pose a financial and production risk, they also put our shared progress in safety and sustainability at risk. Hear what you can do to improve the cyber resiliency of your operations and prevent incidents that impact safety, environmental sustainability, or operational productivity.

Beyond AI

Kalev Ruberg, CEO and Executive Technology Advisor | Karu Advisory and GMG Chair 

You can never plan the future by the past. We live in discontinuous times. Changing how much energy is used, and how much GHG are discharged by material movement demands looking at the system of mining, not only at improving how we currently operate. Autonomous mining has been with us since 2008 when Codelco first introduced autonomous vehicles at Gabriela Mistral mine near Calama in Chile. Since then, the number of autonomous trucks has exceeded 1000 on the way to 1800 by 2025. Safe operation, collision avoidance and continuous productivity continue to be major drivers. What has changed in the material movement process as a result? And what needs to change in the systemic operation and then, the design of the material movement process as a result? And what needs to change in the systemic operation and then, the design of the material movement system to achieve the energy, GHG and production goals? Are current levels of autonomy suited to this discontinuous change and are we able as an industry to address these issues? GMG provides a forum for these fulsome discussions about the future. As Niels Bohr intimated “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future”.

Working Session | Getting the Best Use Out of Our Data

As new technologies and systems are adopted in the mining industry, they produce a wider range of data, which is being used for critical decision-making, reducing costs, optimizing processes, forecasting, trend analysis and more. However, the industry is also facing many challenges with integration, interoperability, and the overall management of data. Together we’ll look at the key needs and potential steps forward.

Unlocking Value Through IT-OT Convergence

Simon Rooney, Mining Client Partner, BDM | HCLTech

Zied M. Ouertani, Head of EMEA Digital Transformation | HCLTech

As digital capabilities continue to evolve and companies better understand what it takes to derive value, the converged IT/OT operating model is becoming more prevalent.

In this presentation, we will share our views of the challenges and key levers of achieving IT-OT convergence, including:

  • Governance and responsibilities
  • Disconnect between IT/ OT management
  • Network security
  • Data governance and quality

And the benefits, including:

  • Efficient process automation
  • Centralised asset tracking
  • Improved compliance
  • Improved services
  • Improved visibility and transparency for decision-making

We will illustrate how a global mining company has progressed their IT-OT convergence journey and how HCLTech has and continued to partner with them to deliver business benefits, value and impact.

Day 2: August 30

Theme: Operational Effectiveness in Mining

Using Modern Tools and Processes for Managing Critical Underground Mining Services

Russell Kennett, Manager Underground Technology, Oyo Tolgoi LLC | Rio Tinto

The management of critical underground mining services has evolved in recent years, thanks to the integration of modern tools and processes. This presentation explores the intersection of modern technology and mining systems, focusing on the opportunities offered by real-time monitoring, modern alerting and incident management, integrated software and data platforms and a DevOps culture to streamline operations and maintenance of increasingly complex technology in the underground mining environment. 

Panel: Next Generation Mining: Enabling Industry Transformation

Moderator: Mark Richards, Manager – Mining Technology, Teck Resources

Panellists to date:

Benny Chen, Senior Manager – Technology | Orica

Dominic Stoll, Digital Solutions Manager | Mipac 

Rhys Davies, Product Manager | IMDEX Limited

Stefan Hrabar, CEO and Co-Founder | Emesent

We’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities emerging technologies present, and share good practices to take back to your operation.

Increasing Production Critical Systems Availability Through Remote Support Discipline

Aaron Innis, Manager Automation | Imvelo

Operational Technologies play a critical role in ensuring the safe and seamless operation of autonomous systems, thereby maintaining a predictable and efficient production process. Neglecting the monitoring and upkeep of these operational technologies and equipment can lead to a host of adverse consequences. Operating instability becomes more prevalent, necessitating reactive measures, and the vulnerability to cybersecurity threats increases significantly. These implications, though not always apparent to mining operators, can have severe repercussions on various aspects such as safety, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments, cyber risks, productivity, and asset management costs.

To ensure the rapid and successful adoption of autonomous systems, it is imperative for mining operators to recognise the importance of maintaining and monitoring operational technology and equipment diligently. By doing so, they can not only ensure the smooth functioning of autonomous systems but also fortify their operations against unforeseen challenges, while simultaneously promoting sustainability, safety, and overall efficiency.

Working Session | How Do We Fast-Track the Use of Technologies?

What are the key areas that the industry needs to work together on figuring out? Workforce and energy sources? Standardization and common language? Or maybe integration and interoperability? Let’s work together to identify and define those burning areas to map out a plan to tackle them together.

Open Discussion: OMF – Data Exchange for Mine Software

Moderator: Andrew Scott, GMG Ambassador

Gustavo Pilger, Head of GEOVIA R&D, WW Strategy & Management | Dassault Systèmes

Justin Meade, Head of Product Management, Deswik 

Paul O’Donnell, Director – Architecture | Seequent

Update on the GMG Guideline on Data Exchange Mine Software – Open Mining Format (OMF) v2 which is about to be published and a discussion on what comes next.

Update on Work at Prominent Hill’s Test Facility

Andrew Scott, GMG Ambassador

Details to come

Working Session | Energy Management Across the Site

Proper energy management can help with not only meeting net-zero goals, but also help to optimize the mine and make the implementation of new technologies more operationally efficient and cost-effective. Common challenges include high energy consumption, limited access to reliable and affordable clean energy, regulatory requirements, and limited technical knowledge. We’ll work together to map out how to address key challenges, considering not just the technical and economic aspects of energy management, but the social and environmental implications, making a more equitable transition to a sustainable future for all stakeholders.

Panel: Energy Management – What Can Be Done Now?

Moderator: Russell Merz, CEO, Australian Innovation eXchange

Panellists to date:

Patrick Marshall, Vice-President, Technology |  MacLean Engineering Australia

Simon Pritchard, Commercial Manager, BluVein

Taylor McKertich, Regional Industry Manager, Mining Minerals and Metals | Endress + Hauser

Looking at the different aspects of a mine, what can be done now to address key challenges related to energy management and decarbonization? How does the whole system connect? Let’s discuss areas where you can improve energy management practices and adopt new technologies and methods to achieve sustainability goals.