GMG Forum: Tucson
May 22 - May 23
The United States is the world’s top economic powerhouse, and we will tap into that unique expertise at our forum in Tucson, Arizona, on May 22-23. Arizona has a very long history of mining that goes back thousands of years to some of the region’s first peoples. Today, many important metallic, industrial and energy resources are mined there, employing more than 60 000 people.* Most notably, Arizona’s copper accounts for 68% of domestic copper production in the US.** The state is also famous for its turquoise, azurite and malachite, which are copper-bearing minerals.
Major mining companies Freeport-McMoRan and Southern Copper are both based in Arizona (Pheonix), as are many others. Just outside of Tucson is one of the largest open pit mines in the country, ASARCO’s Mission mine. As a city surrounded by mining activity, Tucson is a hub for mining equipment and technology including Hexagon Mining (our host for the event), Caterpillar and Modular Mining systems. It is a fitting location for the forum’s key topics: advanced technologies such as autonomous mining and AI and the issues surrounding them, such as interoperability, data access and usage, optimization and cybersecurity.
Tucson is also home to the University of Arizona and its globally-renowned Mining and Geological Engineering department, which offers hands-on education to the future mining workforce and leads in research on informed, safe and sustainable mining.
Stay tuned to this page as program details are confirmed.
*Source National Mining Association, stats are from 2017. The statistic represents both indirect and direct jobs: https://nma.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/az.pdf
**Source, Arizona Geological Survey, stats are from 2017: AZGS http://azgs.arizona.edu/minerals/king-copper