GMG Leadership Summit 2018 Abstracts



Michelle Ash

Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick

Addressing Industry Challenges with Key Technologies and Collaboration

There is a burning platform for our industry to change radically and rapidly, fortunately there are several technologies that have or are being developed that will enable that to occur, however we need to work collaboratively and harness diversity to increase our rate of change.


Alan Bye

Vice-President Innovation, BHP

Autonomy and Interoperability in the Mining Industry

The criticality of open interoperability to accelerate innovation within the mining industry.


Arun Sharma

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Commercialisation, Queensland University of Technology

Productivity Improvement, Technology, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Mining Sector

There is a strong desire for increased productivity in the mining sector. While technologies such as AI, Robotics, IoT and Blockchain have the potential to contribute to productivity improvement, progress has been slow.  Sectors where significant improvement have been realised have benefited from an open architecture and collaboration in the pre-competitive phase of innovation. There is also a desire from regions with a strong mining sector to have a spillover benefit to their broader economy where these regions become centres of global knowhow, technology and entrepreneurial activity. This presentation will look at some of the drivers of key technologies, their limitations, how collaboration in the pre-competitive phase can be fostered, why identifying sector-wide challenges could assist with collaboration and how all this may transform regions with a significant mining sector into entrepreneurial technology hubs.


Jeannette McGill

Head – Telstra Mining Services, Telstra Enterprise

Digital Connectivity through Connecting Differently

Mines are transforming – and with it the operating landscape. How do companies and teams leverage digital transformation to help drive corporate imperatives of continued safety and improved efficiency. The talk will expand on appropriate technologies, shifting needs and share insights from case studies from mining, communications, and even the mountains, about leading teams to do things differently.


Heather Ednie

Managing Editor, GMG

Drive Change: GMG Strategic Overview

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Jan Haak

Global Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Eating the Elephant: How Rapid Changes in Technology are Changing Mining

Software development is getting faster, Artificial intelligence is getting better, Networking is getting cheaper and more ubiquitous. Huge datasets are now much easier to manage than ever. These changes affect driverless car start-ups, social media technology and a whole raft of “tech” companies, but they’re also already chipping away at mining; sometimes in a way you won’t expect!


Andrew Scott

Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations and Vice-Chair Working Groups, GMG

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Karl Rodrigues

Executive Director, International and National Engagement, Australian Space Agency

Australian Space Agency – Supporting Future Industries

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Neil Moloney

Manager, Digital Transformation, Goldcorp Inc.

Change Management: The Secret Sauce of New Technology Deployment

We know that the technology we are implementing will (mostly) work, because it runs on code and components, which give predictable outputs. Then we give that technology to humans, who don’t run on code and who don’t give predictable outputs. How do we make sure this transition is successful both for the enterprise and the personnel we expect to use these tools? Collaboration with vendors is important in this endeavor, also. Neil will describe Goldcorp’s methodology for ensuring uptake amongst those who are not “code-based “.




Owain Morton

Business Transformation Mining Lead, Glencore

Glencore’s Innovation through Collaboration Journey

I will cover the continued experience of our two commercial arms, Glencore Technology and Xpert Process Solutions (XPS), but also how our sites regionally have strong internal collaboration strategies delivering value. I will briefly discuss their modus operandi. Plus, how the Glencore internal synergies are changing based on a value driver-based rationalisation that determines where to deploy the right resources for innovation and technology adoption, but more importantly the process and people transformation. Collaboration is much more related to people management that the integrating to systems and processes. The presentation will touch on the importance of multi-stream training strategies for immersive, cognitive and behavioural change management to enhance collaboration and collective perceptions. The actual technologies we are focussed on is derived from value mapping across multiple facets of the business not just production or financial value but also social, safety and sustainable license to operate value drivers. We are on the 1 step of a 1,000 step journey but with the right visionaries and momentum for Glencore’s global assets to leverage the collective expertise in a collaborative 21st century.


Russell Potapinksi

General Manager and Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems, Woodside

Benefits of Multi Industry Collaboration in Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Advanced Sensor Networks and Robotics

Since setting up a dedicated data science team almost four years ago, Woodside has made great progress in deploying data-driven breakthroughs to support and enhance our business. We haven’t done this on our own: we have benefited from partnerships with a range of universities, collaboration with other institutions and organisations across sectors such as diverse as Mining, Space, Construction and Defence – to name a few. Russ will present multiple examples of success in this area, along with some tangible insights on how to make collaborative partnerships deliver to both organisations.


Andrew Scott

Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations and Vice-Chair Working Groups, GMG

Marcus Thomson

Manager, Innovation and Prosperity Office, CEMI

Global Mining Testbed Network

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Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Najim

Vice-President PME & Business Improvement, Ma’aden

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and the Age of Digitization

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company “Ma’aden” is a fast-growing company established in 1997, focusing on the mining industry within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ma’aden is the 3rd Pillar of the Saudi Arabia Economy and has several affiliates including, Ma’aden Aluminum (one of the largest Aluminum Complex’s in the world which consist of Mine & Refinery, Smelter and Rolling Mill, Ma’aden Phosphate with two plants, Ma’aden Industrial Minerals and Ma’aden Gold & Base Metals consisting of six mines and processing facilities. Ma’aden’s strategy aligns with the Saudi National transformation program and Saudi Vision 2025 – Ma’aden is contributing to the transformation program by growing the mining industry to be a sustainable mining champion with global presence. Ma’aden’s digital vision will help drive this transformation by ensuring a data-driven decision-making mining organization and adopting the latest in digitalization/I4.0 techniques.


Tim Skinner

President, SMART Systems and Vice-Chair International Standards, GMG

ISO and Autonomous Systems Update

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Mark Woffenden

CEO, Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia

MRIWA – A Strategic Partner

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Melinda Hodkiewicz

Professor and BHP Fellow – Engineering for Remote Operations, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Western Australia

Siri for Maintenance

Siri for Maintenance is the tagline for project supported by the BHP Fellowship for Engineering for Remote Operations and an Alan Turing Institute Visiting Fellowship in the UK. The intent of Siri for Maintenance is to develop query capability for the natural language found in maintenance inspection and repair records to enable validation of predictive maintenance models and engineering design assumptions and to make the capability open, shared and extensible for the maintenance community. Apple’s Siri program is built on ontologies, inference networks, pattern-matching agents, dictionaries, and dialog models. A key behind-the-scenes enabler in Siri are ontologies. What if we could develop an open, shared ontology for maintenance management? An ontology defines machine-interpretable definitions of concepts and relations using formal explicit descriptions to enable reasoning and knowledge exchange. This talk describes: What we mean by ontologies and why they could help to improve productivity in maintenance management; Examples of how they can support your ability to question your data; Ongoing global collaborative developments to make this all happen and how you can get involved