april, 2019

28apr9:00 am5:00 pmAutonomous Mining Short Course at CIM 2019


Event Details

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. 

Creating a unified autonomous mining system is part of the industry’s vision of future mining, and it has been gaining momentum. There is a need for a comprehensive guideline for implementing autonomous systems, which is why GMG has developed Guideline for Implementing Autonomous Systems in Mining.  The guideline, which aims to provide a framework for mitigating risks and managing change while maximizing the value of autonomy is in its final stages before publication. Some of the guideline authors will elaborate on key areas.

This course will also explore opportunities available with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Many sectors are using these systems to provide precise information on positioning, navigation and timing. Technical development in this area 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.

This short course is being held as part of the CIM 2019 Convention program.  To register, visit the CIM Convention website here


  • Andrew Scott, Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations and GMG Vice-chair Working Groups
  • Jason Bond, Team Leader, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Strategy at Canadian Geodetic Survey, Natural Resources Canada
  • Michelle Levesque, Engineering Technical Lead – Data-driven Technologies, CanmetMINING, Natural Resources Canada


8:30-8:50 Welcome Message

8:50-10:00  Business Case for Autonomy

  • Michael Waller, Manager Technology AHS, Roy Hill
  • Al Boddy, Consultant, Peck Tech
  • Renier VisserMining Lead, Cote Gold Project, IAMGold

10:15-12:00 Implementation Considerations

  • Peter O’LoughlinSenior Inspector, Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (presenting virtually)
  • Al Boddy, Consultant, Peck Tech
  • Brendon Lilly, Embedded Systems Architect, Peck Tech
  • Mark Sawyer, Senior Operational Technology Associate, Peck Tech
  • Video case study snippets from Rio Tinto, Goldcorp, and FMG

1:00-2:15 Next Generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

  • Jason Bond, Team Leader, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Strategy at Canadian Geodetic Survey, Natural Resources Canada
  • Michelle Levesque, Engineering Technical Lead – Data-driven Technologies, CanmetMINING, Natural Resources Canada
  • Jamal Mohammed, Sales Manager, Sitech

2:15-3:00 BREAKOUT SESSION: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

3:15-4:00 Design Considerations

  • Joshua Marshall, Associate Professor, Queen’s University

4:00-4:30 Closing Message

To learn more about GMG’s Autonomous Mining Working Group and projects and how you can get involved, click here.


(Sunday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm