GMG Johannesburg Forum

Innovating to Improve the Way We Mine

The GMG Johannesburg Forum will feature presentations from leading professionals in mining, panel sessions, in addition to breakout sessions that encourage collaboration among industry peers to address the issues facing the industry today.

This forum will delve into the industry’s top priority areas common to most mining operations today, through the lenses of operations, maintenance and safety. The focus is on sharing knowledge of what is actually working in our mines and what is coming down the pipeline, as well as building relationships and collaborating with peers.

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Program Themes

The first day of the forum will revolve around the theme of ‘Safety and security in the use of advanced technologies.’ Participants will hear from industry leaders on how technology is driving industry innovation. Key takeaways will include lessons learned during the implementation of autonomous mining. Participants will also engage in breakout sessions on identifying elements to be considered when implementing a collision avoidance system and leveraging technology for enhanced safety.

The second day of the forum will explore the theme of ‘Enabling innovation to improve the way we mine’. Participants will hear from industry innovators on how they are leveraging new technologies to improve the efficiency of the mine. Discussions will also encompass strategies on improving energy efficiency. Breakout sessions will revolve around exploring how we can expedite the use of new technologies as well as mapping out solutions on how we can best optimize the mine through proper energy management.

Other key themes of this year’s forum includes:

  • Decarbonization and energy management
  • Safety
  • Operational best practices
  • Getting the best use out of our data
  • Integration and interoperability
  • Autonomous mining
  • Building cyber resilient operations

Breakouts

Day 1: July 12, 2023

Practical Implementation of a Collision Avoidance System

Collision between humans, vehicles, and equipment are a major concern to everyone working on site. Innovative technologies exist and can help greatly reduce the risk of collisions. We’ll work together to identify the elements that need to be considered when planning to implement a collision avoidance system at your site.

The Use of Technology for Safety

Let’s work together to identify what you need to know, how to figure out what systems to choose, and the requirements for using technology to improve safety.

Day 2: July 13, 2023

Energy Management Across the Site Within the Community

Proper energy management can help with not only meeting net-zero goals, but also help to optimize the mine and make the implementation of new technologies more operationally efficient and cost-effective. Common challenges include high energy consumption, limited access to reliable and affordable clean energy, regulatory requirements, and limited technical knowledge.

We’ll work together to map out how to address key challenges, considering not just the technical and economic aspects of energy management, but the social and environmental implications, making a more equitable transition to a sustainable future for all stakeholders.

How do we Fast-Track the Use of Technologies?

What are the key areas that the industry needs to work together on figuring out? Workforce and energy sources? Standardization and common language? Or maybe integration and interoperability? Let’s work together to identify and define those burning areas to map out a plan to tackle them together.

Panels

Day 1: July 12, 2023

Practical Implementation of Collision Avoidance: Lessons Learned From South Africa

Panelists:

Collisions between humans, vehicles, and equipment are a major concern to everyone working on site. Innovative technologies exist and can help greatly reduce the risk of collisions. Benefit from the experience of others who’ve built such systems or who’ve gone through the process of implementing them.

Day 2: July 13, 2023

Energy Management – What Can Be Done Now?

Looking at the different aspects of a mine, what can be done now to address key challenges related to energy management and decarbonization? How does the whole system connect? Let’s discuss areas where you can improve energy management practices and adopt new technologies and methods to achieve sustainability goals.

Panelists:

  • Peter Burman, Program Mine Manager Automation, Boliden
  • Christian Teffo, Deputy Head: Techno Economics, Minerals Council South Africa
  • Others to be confirmed

Don’t Let the Bad Guys Stop Your Mine – Building Cyber Resiliency Into Your Operations

Panelists:

Cyber criminals share knowledge and tools freely. Their attacks not only pose a financial and production risk, they also put our shared progress in safety and sustainability at risk. Hear what you can do to improve the cyber resiliency of your operations and prevent incidents that impact safety, environmental sustainability, or operational productivity.

Presentations

Day 1

Collaboration Driving Industry Innovation

  • Andrew Scott, GMG Ambassador, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Minerals Council Special Project – Industry Alignment on TMM Regulations

  • Dushendra Naidoo, Principal Specialist – Transport & Machinery, Minerals Council South Africa

Why Safety Systems are Important

Emerging Technology and IR4.0

  • Gary Conway, Head of Enterprise Energy – MEA and India, Nokia

 

Day 2

Operationalizing Net Zero

  • Andrew Scott, GMG Ambassador, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Electrification of Mining Equipment

  • Speaker TBC

Impact of Technology in Mining

  • Cobus Oosthuizen, Vice-President, Digital Industries (Acting) & Head of Process Automation, Siemens (South Africa)
  • Rowan Dickason, Senior Vice President, Digital Industries (Acting) & Head of Process Automation, Siemens (South Africa)

Full-Scope Simulation to Test a Mine Electrification Business Case

Partnering with SAIMM

GMG is pleased to partner with The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) for this forum.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our ability to host quality events while keeping registration costs reasonable is due to the generosity of our sponsors. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for this forum, please consult this document: GMG-Sponsorship-Package-22052023.pdf (50 downloads)

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for multiple GMG Forums, please contact us at hturnbull@gmggroup.org

Meet the Speakers

Click here for a list of confirmed speakers.

Details

When

July 12-13, 2023

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM SAST

Where

54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Gauteng, South Africa

Hotels Nearby

54 on Bath

Forum Venue

Address: 54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Gauteng, South Africa

Email: 54onbath.reservations@southernsun.com

https://www.southernsun.com/54-on-bath

Southern Sun Rosebank

5 minute walk to the Forum venue

Address: Cnr Tyrwhitt & Sturdee Ave, Rosebank, Gauteng, South Africa

Email: ssrosebank.reservations@southernsun.com

https://www.southernsun.com/southern-sun-rosebank.

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