GMG Building a Better Future – Online Interactive Events | March 24-25

March 25 | Autonomous Mining: What is Next?

08:00 A.M. GMT (+1)

Welcome & Anti-Trust Instructions

Andrew Scott Vice-Chair Working Groups, GMG and Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations

08:15 GMT (+1)

Accelerating the Pace of Autonomy to Transform Mining

Bibhrajit Halder, Founder & CEO, SafeAI

Despite nearly 15 years of development, less than 3% of mobile equipment in mining is autonomous. The time is ripe for accelerating the pace of autonomy in mining  due to four critical forcing function.

  • Availability of the next-generation autonomous technology from the self-driving ecosystem
  • External funding from the venture capital
  • Order of magnitude cost reduction for deploying autonomous equipment in mining
  • Push for open and interoperable future – access to more options

08:45 GMT (+1)

Making Mining Better: Human + Machine for Safe & Sustainable Operations

Liv Carroll Senior Principal, Applied Intelligence, Mining Transformation, Accenture

The future of mining is autonomous and every mining company is somewhere on the journey to autonomy; from local manually-operated activities, to remote-controlled centralized operations, to completely unmanned autonomous operations and looking beyond to decision-making autonomy of the system itself. Mining companies have been working on automation for decades, largely to remove the workforce from harm and to reduce labour costs, coupled with an increasing unwillingness to work in remote locations for long periods of time.

Alongside safety and productivity, the driving forces of sustainability goals, the energy transition and the push for carbon neutral, the changing workforce demographic and maintaining social licence to operate are all raising autonomous mining to the top of the priority list. Because we need to make our operations safer, more sustainable, more efficient and lower our footprint, not least to maintain investment, the business case is clear. Exponential developments in technology, including sensor resolution, connectivity, mobile technologies, computational power, data storage, analytics, machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), have brought forward autonomous operations of the future to now. This is not just about technology but also change in ways of working, data governance and the all important cybersecurity.

The challenge is how do we successfully and safely combine human and machine? What can be transformed to autonomous, both equipment and process? What risks can be mitigated? What are our miners doing and what is the path to autonomy? What is the value opportunity? The future mining landscape – where mining is safe; meets the needs of all stakeholders, including communities, host countries and customers; and miners are operating with the highest environmental and social standards – is relializable and autonomous operations are key to stewarding our resources safely, sustainably and responsibly.

09:15 GMT (+1)

Breakout Session > Autonomous Mining: What is Next?

Building on the Implementation of Autonomous Systems Guideline published in 2019, with technology evolving so rapidly, we will work to define the priority areas to ensure swifter adoption of technologies. The outcomes will be used to build the plan for the autonomous mining project on Implementation of Autonomous Systems v2.

10:00 GMT (+1)

Short break

10:10 GMT (+1)

Situational awareness of your workforce and equipment at the mine site

Hans Wahlquist, VP of Strategic Product Management and Business Development at Mobilaris

10:40 GMT (+1)

Breakout Session > Autonomous Mining: Skills Migration

To achieve the desired operating efficiency and productivity benefits of an autonomous operation, it is imperative that the autonomous system be maintained fully operational 24/7. To do this requires resources with different skillsets from what is required from the typical mining equipment operator.

Therefore, it is more of a skills migration or upskilling opportunity rather than a straightforward head count reduction. How do we change this job-loss perception? How do we accelerate the change in conversation from it being perceived as a threat to what is really an opportunity.

11:10 GMT (+1)

Wrap up

Andrew Scott Vice-Chair Working Groups, GMG and Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations

Speakers from March 24 event | Workplace of the Future

12:15 GMT (+1)

iHuman: The Challenge of Change in Disruption

James Cleverley Global Product Manager – Geosciences, IMDEX

As the mining industry grapples with the rapid advance of digitisation in its operations it is not the technology that presents the greatest challenges. People are an integral part of any workplace, so what happens as we introduce the changes needed to implement digital systems, transformation of processes and automation. In particular the geologist, born of the love of rocks and the outdoors, will be faced with a transformed process to make decisions. 

Automated logging systems, analytics to provide first pass information, numbers instead of the hand lens? The process of digital change cuts at the very heart of who we are in the jobs we do. 

It is this challenge, not just the technology, that will determine the success or failure of implementation. James will outline experiences of the challenges of change management during implementation of disruptive geoscience technology, and open up the discussion for ways to address the sociological and technological implementation process in parallel.

12:45 GMT (+1)

Value Creation – The centre of transformation the OZWay
Katie Hulmes General Manager Transformation and Readiness, OZ Minerals

The OZWay is a simple model that identifies how all parts of OZ Minerals fit together. It covers the company’s context, choices, enablers, work, performance and value creation. Learn more about it here. 

13:15 GMT (+1)

Breakout Session > Workplace of the Future

With the changing times, workforce, climate and technologies, what priorities are we now addressing? How do we enable our people?