March 24-25 | Luleå University of Technology, Campus Porson, Luleå

Day 1

8:30

Registration and Networking

9:00

Interactive Session > What Keeps You Up at Night?

For every mining executive, leader and forward-thinking professional, there are common concerns that disrupt our sleep as we strive for strategic change in our organizations and the global mining industry. With the era of “going it alone” behind us, we are coming together as an industry to strategize, pool resources and lay the foundation needed to make significant progress on key challenges to ignite the future we want for mining. In groups, participants will converse on a series of topics related to today’s biggest challenges and opportunities in mining.

9:30

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

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

SIMS ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶ a European Project about Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems
Niclas Dahlström Senior Project Manager, LTU Business

Our vision is to create a long lasting impact on the way we test and demonstrate new technology and solutions for the mining industry. With a selected consortium ranging from mining companies, equipment and system suppliers to top-class universities, the SIMS project will boost development and innovation through joint activities aiming at creating Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems.

11:00

Panel > How do we Speed Up the Rate of Technology Implementation?

Fredrik Hases Boliden, Katie Hulmes General Manager Transformation and Readiness, OZ Minerals

New technologies are reshaping how we mine, but they are evolving faster than we can implement them. Panellists will discuss how to approach technology implementation efficiently and effectively.

11:30

Interactive Session > Impact 2020: Defining the Key Elements to Transformative Change

What are the key actions that we can take right now to accelerate technology implementation in the mining industry in 2020? Join in as we brainstorm on all the possibilities.

12:00

Lunch

1:00

TraceMet; a Pilot for Sustainable Metals and Minerals
Sebastiaan Stiller Business Developer/ Project Manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

The objective of the SIPSTRIM financed project TraceMet is to have an industry tested administrative system and technical solution that allows for a certified declaration of origin, of carbon footprint and of recycled content for metals through whole value chains. The solution will be implemented and tested (but not maintained) as part of the project in a Swedish copper and steel value chain. The certification system will be supported by a blockchain data-base for mass balance accounting to keep track of the amounts of certified metals and minerals as they are transferred through the value chain.

1:30

Interactive Session > Understanding Blockchain

As a fodder for GMG’s soon-to-be launched Blockchain Working Group, we will discuss what we know/don’t know about blockchain.

2:00

Panel > How do we Optimize the Use of Blockchain in Mining?

Sebastiaan Stiller Business Developer/ Project Manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sunilkumar Ramakrishnan Blockchain Leader, Chemicals, Petroleum and Industrial Products Industries

Blockchain is a tool with great potential applications in mining, such as improved traceability and smart contracts. Panellists will explore how the mining industry is using and can use these tools effectively.

2:30

Coffee Break

3:00

Chapter 2 of the Mining Industry Digital Transformation
Anders Fredholm Vice President – Global Business Development Leader, Industrial Products and Chemicals & Petroleum Industries, IBM

We propose we’re are in a transition to a new digital Chapter 2 for the industry.
In Chapter 1 much of the innovation in IT has been driven by consumer technology, by things that you interact with on your smartphone and with applications that are end user oriented. In Chapter 2 we’re now seeing enterprises actually innovating – for example the big miners. In the Financial Services industry it is not just the ‘fin-techs’ that are innovating – the large incumbents have come back. So, from consumer-driven to enterprise-driven is one big shift.
The second change is around AI and digital. In Chapter 1 there has been a lot of experimentation andproof of concepts that our mining clients have been going through. In Chapter 2 we’re moving into a stage where businesses are moving from experimenting to actually building AI and other
exponential technologies into their business workflows.
The third change is around Cloud. In Chapter 1 the focus of cloud has been around what I would call user applications – things that you can use your smartphone for – e.g. checking your bank balance on your bank account and things like that. But these workloads make up at most only 20% of all workloads … the easy part… 80% of the workload movement is ahead… the hard part – i.e. the mission critical workloads that miners and OEMs run their businesses on.

3:30

The Relevance of Design and Creativity in Mining
Lisa Önnerlöv Development Engineer – Industrial Design, Boliden

What is Design Thinking, the Design Process and how tangible is Creativity? I will present some project examples of how we have applied Design Thinking at Boliden, explain the process developed for complex problems and share some of our thoughts for the future of creativity in mining.

4:00

Panel > Harnessing the Power of Mindsets

Our industry is adopting well-established project management methodologies, such as agile, lean thinking, design thinking, etc. Panellists will look into how to take these a step further and create company cultures and mindsets that enable powerful change.

4:30

Wrap Up
Heather Ednie
 Managing Director, GMG

Day 2

8:30

Welcome and Update
Heather Ednie 
Managing Director, GMG

9:15

Panel > What Are the Next Steps in Underground Mining Transformation?

Underground mines have advanced incredibly in recent years, allowing for deeper mines, better communication networks and increased productivity. Panellists will discuss new and improved technologies and practices that will continue this momentum.

10:00

Coffee break

10:30

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.

11:00

Panel > How Are Innovative Technologies Helping the Industry Go Green?

Lars Ydreskog Vice President Strategic Projects, LKAB, Liv Carroll Senior Principal, Applied Intelligence, Mining Transformation, Accenture

Technological innovation can be a win-win when it comes to improving our industry’s ecological footprint. Panellists will delve into the ways in which our industry can make the most out of the benefits and avoid pitfalls.

11:30

Interactive Session > Defining the “Green” Collaboration Strategy

It’s time to strategize! Participants will navigate through a series of questions to identify potential areas for collaboration to help the industry focus on the work needed to “go green”.

12:00

Lunch

1:00

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. In this talk I 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.

1:30

Interactive Session > Building a Strong Future Workforce

The industry is changing. Employee needs are changing. Innovative technologies are propelling us forward at an unprecedented rate. Let’s discuss potential and real-life examples of the challenges and opportunities this is presenting.

 

2:00

Panel > How is mining responding to the skills gap?

Transforming our technology and culture means that skills requirements are also evolving, leaving gaps that can stand in the way of innovation. Panellists will take a deep dive into how our industry is attracting the right people and supporting the existing workforce as we transform.

2:30

Coffee break

3:00

SIP STRIM – Mining Innovation for a Sustainable Future
Jenny Greberg Programme Director SIP STRIM and Lawrence Hooey, Technology and Innovation Manager, SIP STRIM

3:30

Positioning for Carbon Neutral Iron and Steel Production in Europe
Stefan Savonen Senior Vice-President Energy & Climate, LKAB

LKAB is the EU’s largest iron ore producer and mines around 80% of all iron ore within the EU. Sweden recently passed legislation that legally binds the country to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2045 and LKAB is working towards this same objective. During the presentation, LKAB will outline its path towards decarbonisation. For starters, LKAB’s iron ore pellets enable the production of iron with 14% less direct CO2 emissions than EU mean value emissions. Besides its main mining and pelletisation activities, LKAB engages in strategic partnerships for increased competitiveness and sustainable development, such as HYBRIT, a breakthrough project that aims to make fossil free steel by 2030, Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM), which aims to create a new world standard for digitalised, CO2-free and autonomous mining for greater depths, and ReeMAP, an innovative technology for upgrading side streams to bi-products from the iron ore production.

4:00

Panel > Leveraging Expertise from Outside of Mining

Many of the challenges we’re facing ­– for example in interoperability, digital transformation and skills requirements – aren’t unique to mining. Panellists will share how we can learn from and adapt what others have done for quicker results.

4:30

Wrap Up
Heather Ednie
 Managing Director, GMG

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