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Autonomous Mining Short Course at CIM 2019

Apr 28

The successful implementation of autonomous systems adds clear value: it can increase production efficiency, lower maintenance costs, and improve safety. However, it presents challenges including technology, security and safety risks, and workforce and workflow changes. This short course will provide participants with knowledge to support adoption and implementation of autonomous systems in mining.

The creation of a unified autonomous mining system is part of the industry’s vision of future mining, and it has been gaining momentum in recent years. All sectors are affected by its advancement, and there is a need for a comprehensive guideline for implementing autonomous systems. Participants will be provided with an overview of the guideline developed to assist in providing a framework for mitigating risks and managing change while maximizing the value of autonomy.

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are used extensively in many sectors for providing precise information on positioning, navigation, and timing. Technical development in the area of augmentations to GNSS is taking place rapidly, creating the potential for more precise services. This technology is one element of the digital mining future and has the potential for increased automation. Participants with will learn about the opportunities available in mining from adoption of next generation GNSS.

This short course is being held as part of the CIM 2019 Convention program.  To register visit the CIM Convention website here. To learn more about GMG’s Autonomous Mining Working Group and projects and how you can get involved, click here.



Andrew Scott has been involved in the mining innovation arena since the very beginning of his career over 30 years’ ago. As Senior Director, Innovation/Digital Mining at Barrick, Andrew had the scope of providing technology support for the entire mining process. In addition, he represented Barrick on the OSI Soft Client Advisory Board, collaborating with representatives from other OSI Soft customers from other industries. He has recently taken up the position of Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations and, coupled with his concurrent role as CORE Skills Facilitator, he is enthusiastic about further supporting the resource sector’s successful digital transformation. Since 2012 Andrew has held many positions within GMG, namely incoming Chair, Chair, outgoing Chair and Working Groups Chair, and he thoroughly enjoys working with motivated and passionate people to improve the industry through collaboration, guidelines and innovation.

Jason Bond has been working in the field of precise positioning for over 15 years. As an expert in GNSS and engineering surveys, he has leveraged precision GNSS technologies for monitoring slope stability in open pit mines and for monitoring ground subsidence during underground mining. In 2017, he was awarded the Premier’s Award of Excellence for implementing infrastructure that would enable real-time, centimetre level positioning throughout Nova Scotia. As the lead for Canadian Geodetic Survey’s Positioning, Navigation and Timing team, Jason is currently looking at ways of promoting the implementation of widespread, high accuracy, positioning capabilities in Canada that will lead to innovation across industry.

Michelle Levesque: Michelle Levesque is the Engineering Technical Lead for the Data-driven technologies team at CanmetMINING. Her focus is on the development of tools and technologies for improving efficiencies with the mining sector, resulting in the implementation of techniques and technologies leading to a more sustainable mining sector. Michelle is a chemist, and also holds a Master’s and a PhD degree in Natural Resources Engineering, all from Laurentian University, with the focus of her research being on energy management for the mining sector. She also holds the Certified Energy Manager designation from the Association of Energy Engineers. In the past 20 years she has worked at Laurentian University, in the paste backfill group at Golder Associates, and as a Researcher in the “Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management” group at MIRARCO.



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Apr 28
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