CIM-GMG Partner Event: Innovation in Mining | The Use and Application of Data | June 9

CIM and GMG are working together to bring you a great lineup of speakers the CIM Convention had to offer with the chance to participate in building a valuable guidance document for the global mining industry. This event will feature presentations on the use and application of data, with a particular focus on mobile equipment, and a workshop to develop content for GMG’s Mobile Equipment Open Data guideline project.

Date: Tuesday, June 9 | Time: 1:00 PM (EDT) | 4:00 PM (UTC) | Length: 3 hours | Price: CIM and GMG Member $75, Non-member $115


CIM Convention Innovation Presentations

Chaired by Glenn Johnson, Senior Mining Engineer Technology, Teck


Safety Share by Samantha Espley, formerly General Manager – Mining Technology & Innovation, Vale (retired) and current CIM President 2021-2022



You have the data – let’s use it for equipment optimization by David Fisk, Senior Sales Leader, Wabtec Corporation

This case study looks at how an operating mine uses the available operations data to optimize equipment operation and reduce failures using advanced analytics and predictive tools in both the plant and the mobile fleet.  Intelligent real time monitoring allows operators to make better, more timely decisions to improve equipment reliability and optimize mine processes. The results were significant increases in operational capacity, and reductions in maintenance costs.


Implementing data-based drill planning to reduce costs in tunnel development by Jouko Muona, Product Manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Equipment is becoming more technically advanced, but operators do not always effectively implement the technology, which can result in a lack of realization of the true value of the new technology.
Operators often have their own opinions on how to drill or charge the face, leading to potentially variable and suboptimal operational results.  However, with data monitoring and measure-while-drilling (MWD) solutions, it is possible to act upon data to achieve improved performance and ultimately develop a more reliable and efficient drill and blast plans.
Sandvik’s iSure 8.0 software analyzes data on each round’s accuracy versus the drill plan.  The improved blasting results lead to an improvement in the total work cycle time by reducing scaling time, creating a better face for next round’s drilling, reducing the damage zone created from the round’s blast and creating a better profile for bolting work and the automated production drilling rig’s operation.
The software analyzes data on trend, drill steel consumption, holes drilled, face shape, achieved pull-out, geological interpretation based on drilling, and onboard profile scanner data to optimize the drill and blast process.  In this presentation we will examine the vast array of data that can be analyzed by Sandvik’s iSure 8.0 software and demonstrate how this data collection and analysis process works by making fact-based decisions in face drilling.
Using the iSure software will lead to more controlled blasting and is more likely to result in the optimal quality of excavation, with repeatable results in each work cycle as subsequent drill plans can be modified based on the learned data. We will explain that by repeatedly achieving optimal drilling results the drill and blast process will become increasingly more cost efficient.


Managing idle time at shift change by Ryley Elkjer, Performance Assurance Lead, Customer Value, Modular Mining, Canada

Poorly managed shift change, an issue experienced by many mine operations, can result in a multitude of problems. One of the most common is equipment parking up too early at the end of a shift, a situation that negatively impacts shift production and can potentially cause starvation of the crusher during the shift change period.
In this presentation we will describe how two operations, one in the US and one in Colombia, used untapped functionality within their existing fleet management system (FMS) to overcome recurring challenges. We will explain how making the transition from manual shift change processes to automated ones helped the mines take control of undue equipment and operator idle time, enforce best practices, and improve overall shift change efficiency.
Through real-world examples, we will demonstrate how the US-based mine applied FMS functionality to increase end-of-shift last-load counts by a combined (day and night shifts) 22%, resulting in an increase in production of more than 8000 tons per shift.
We will also show how the Colombian mine utilized additional capabilities within its FMS to optimize parkup assignments during previously underperforming time periods, and increase production by at least 20 loads per shift.


GMG Workshop: GMG Mobile Equipment Open Data Project

This project is to develop a consensus-based guideline between mine operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides a clear understanding of what open data means, industry priorities around it, acceptable uses of information and the relationships between stakeholders. The purpose is to enable mine operators to make data-driven decisions in order to prevent failures and safety incidents and to enable innovation and continuous improvement.


David Fisk, Senior Sales Leader, Wabtec Corporation

Dave has focused his career on helping to introduce positive change to companies by leveraging technology.  The past 14 years have been concentrated on the mining industry, partnering with the leading global mining companies. Last year he joined Wabtec Digital Mine to lead strategic and operational activities and help expand the North American business by assisting mining companies with their digital transformation initiatives.

Prior to Wabtec Dave served in senior management roles globally managing cross-functional technology initiatives with 3D-P, Honeywell, and MRO Software.  He has broad experience with wireless mine communications, edge computing, asset management and reliability and general IOT applications.

Dave holds an Honour B.Sc. and hopes to someday finish his MBA.


Jouko Muona, Product Manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Jouko Muona graduated in 1987 as an electrical engineer and began working immediately after graduation as an electrical designer for underground drill rigs with Tamrock.  Muona further developed his expertise as an electrical engineer at Tamrock by progressing to the position of head electrical designer and project manager for avionics.

Muona started with Sandvik in 2002 working with their construction sized i-series face drilling rigs, and development of the drilling control system.  In 2005 he started working as Sandvik’s project manager for the iSURE® drill and blast software development, a product continues to manage.  The first release of the iSURE® software was launched in 2008 and the program development has continued ever since, delivering 1-2 new major releases each year.  A major upgrade (iSURE® 8.0) was launched in September of 2019, renewing the user interface, adding more automated design and data collection features.

Today Muona is working on iSURE® 8.1, which will begin field testing in June 2020.


Ryley Elkjer, Performance Assurance Lead, Customer Value, Modular Mining, Canada

Ryley started his post-graduate career in 2017, at Modular Mining’s Vancouver, Canada office. He initially held the position of Performance Assurance Engineer in Training (EIT) and has since advanced to the role of Performance Assurance Lead.

Performance Assurance works to ensure that customers realize maximum value-in-use from their Modular Mining technologies. Ryley’s team has been responsible for numerous success cases at sites across Canada, where his team’s changes to the sites’ behaviours, procedures, and product utilization, have led to substantial and sustained operational improvements.

Before joining Modular Mining, Ryley attended the University of Alberta (U of A). While there, he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Mining Engineering and has continued studies working on a Master of Engineering (Meng) degree in Geoenvironmental Engineering. Ryley spent two years in mining operations as a heavy equipment operator and dispatch shadow at Syncrude’s oil sands sites. He also worked as a research and analytics assistant in mineral flotation at the U of A.

He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.

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