Day 1 - May 29

8:00-8:30 | Coffee and networking

8:30-8:45 | Opening remarks

8:45-9:15 | Lessons learned from Antamina’s AI Strategy and Advanced Analytics Solutions
Rafael Estrada, Manager of Information Technology, Telecomm and Process Control, Antamina Mining 

In this presentation we will share some learnings obtained in the deployment of Machine Learning solutions, as well as the main enablers for a successful deployment that allows achieving value capture; including technical and change management components. 

9:15-9:45 | Counting of Dosed Balls to Mills with Artificial Vision
Augusto Flores, Process Control Engineer, Gold Fields  

Due to significant inaccuracies in counting the balls during the dosing process into the mills, as well as the daily dosing procedures themselves, we have recognized the necessity to enhance our ball counting system. To address this issue, we sought a system possessing the following attributes: Non-intrusive, Low maintenance, and High reliability in measurement.

9:45-10:30 | Harnessing the Potential of Emerging Technology

Juan Prado, Product Manager – Marketing (LATAM), Orica
Rafael Estrada, Manager of Information Technology, Telecomm and Process Control, Antamina Mining Company 

Emerging technologies can improve the way we mine, make the industry more attractive and safer to work in, and reduce environmental impact. How can we realize new ways of working using emerging technologies and automating processes? Let’s explore the latest solutions and strategies around topics that include demonstrating provenance/traceability of minerals, developing a robust integrated supply chain, leveraging product lifecycle management, and more. 

Working Session
11:00-12:00 | Driving Change in Operations
The pressure is on us. The industry is striving to increase productivity by improving environmental performance and safety. New technologies are emerging and mining companies are determined to move forward within the next few years. What will we need to do to embrace new technologies and processes? How do we ensure that our operations can maximize the value of potential investments? We must unite our efforts and, together, build the paradigm for mining operations. Participants will share the direction of their work and build plans to address the barriers that stand in the way of change in operations. The results will help us define collaboration priorities for 2024.

12:00-1:00 | Lunch (box lunch included)

1:00-1:30 | How to face Transformation Processes in the Mining Sector: Technological Optimizations, Innovation and Cultural Transformation – Lessons Learned 
Cecilia Rabitsch, Vice President of Environmental, Social and Sustainability Affairs, Southern Peaks Mining

The mining sector is where, traditionally, adopting new technologies within the main activities of the operation is usually a slow and costly process. Today, the  mining sector faces the challenge of leading the global energy transition by supplying the necessary minerals and supplies. An operational, cultural and technological transformation is essential to achieve this objective. In this talk, attendees will hear first-hand the experience of SPM and the constable mining unit (CMC) and what this path of transformation has been like. 

1:30-2:15 | Lessons Learned in the Implementation of Autonomous Mining 

Alexander Chacón, Superintendent Technology & Innovation, Antamina Mining Company
Carlos Calderon, CEO, Sitech
Klever Morvely, Digital Transformation Superintendent, Minera Las Bambas, MMG Limited

With automation more readily available and the industry advancing toward zero-entry mining, discover lessons learned during the execution and deployment of autonomous systems. What’s working, what isn’t working, and how to address varied levels of autonomous system maturity as we continue to implement autonomous mining. 

2:45-3:15 | Anti-Fatigue and Anti-Collision Technology and Analytics to Safeguard Life and Improve Productivity
Gustavo Martinez, Head of Mining Sales, Sitech Peru

How does good fatigue management impact productivity? Adequate rest is a very important factor in accident prevention, 65% of haul truck accidents are due to operator fatigue; but can we measure the risk? Every day we must ensure that our workers perform their jobs safely. Are our operators more productive because they are less fatigued? How can we identify who is fit for the workday?

Working Session
3:15-4:15 | Operational Readiness 
What does it take for your mine to be ready to implement new technologies? Autonomous systems are complex, requiring those implementing them to integrate many layers of planning before deployment. The transition from diesel is bringing a new era of mine operations, and it requires a matrix of processes and considerations. What is it going to take to quickly bring in the future fleet into the mines? There are many different elements to figure out – mine planning, training, simulations, etc. Participants will define concrete approaches taking into consideration the following elements of operational readiness: Technology and infrastructure; People; Processes; Safety and risks. 

4:15-4:20 | Wrap up

Day 2 - May 30

8:00-8:30 | Coffee and networking

8:30-8:45 | Setting the stage

8:45-9:15 | Building Inclusive Safety Culture for Fatality Elimination
Walter Lino, Manager HSE at Las Bambas, MMG Limited

Despite all the efforts made by the mining industry to achieve “Zero Fatalities” and “reduce occupational injuries/illnesses”, the results observed so far in 2024 show that it is not enough. This is probably because the main organizational factor called “Leadership and Commitment”, is still not aware of its roles and responsibilities that the organization grants it in the turbulent times we are living in.

Therefore, it is imperative to work on the “change of mindset” as a first concrete measure and to rethink the scope of the baseline risk assessment, considering a plural workforce and associating action plans that take into account the diversity and climate change that our planet is facing. In this context, 9 pillars are proposed for “Building an Inclusive Safety Culture in the Mining Industry”.

9:15-9:45 | Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Growth in Integrated Mining Operations
Alexander Chacón, Superintendent Technology & Innovation, Antamina Mining Company

The mining industry is undergoing a significant transformation with the strategic adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in integrated operations. This paper presents a forward-looking vision and outlines strategies for successfully implementing AI in poly-metallic mining operations, propelling the industry towards Mining 4.0. The core objective is to delineate a clear pathway for the effective deployment of AI within integrated mining operations, aimed at enhancing operational efficiency, safety, and sustainability. This involves the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Analytics and AI (CoE A&IA) to guide and accelerate the adoption of AI technologiesOur approach integrates analysis of various operational models that organize and manage analytics and AI capabilities according to their maturity levels. The study involved collaboration across industries, drawing key value insights from advanced analytics initiatives which reinforce our strategic approach to mining intelligence.

9:45-10:30 | Putting People First

Alfredo Casas Valverde, Corporate Manager of Talent and Culture Management, Minsur S.A.
Verónica Valderrama, Vice President of Human Resources, Gold Fields American Region

Success relies on the people. Are there enough workers with the required skills? Is value brought to the communities in or near where we operate? Are we a hip, attractive, positively impactful, and innovative industry that people want to work in? We live in a world moving towards automation that demands transparency, proof of ethical sourcing, work-life balance, and the betterment of humankind from companies big and small, local and global. How can we foster and nurture diversity, better prepare youth to work in today’s industry, move your people-focused employees into management positions, and make sure our actions benefit biodiversity?  

Working Session
11:00-12:00 | Step Change in Collaboration
How can we make real change in the mining industry? There isn’t a playbook for how to meet the vision of tomorrow’s operations, but the clock is ticking. There will be no lone winners in this race; as an industry we need to collaborate like we never have before. Share successes and failures. Trial technologies and ideas. Pool resources and brain power. So how do we drive a step change in collaboration? 

12:00-1:00 | Lunch 

1:00-1:30 | Sustainability and Innovation
Tamiko Hasegawa, Sustainability and Innovation Manager, Anglo American 

1:30-2:00 | Innovation in Mining Decarbonization: Challenges Overcome and Strategy for Net Zero
Kennia Velez, Innovation Engineer, Nexa Resources

Decarbonization is essential for a sustainable future and plays a key role in the mining sector. In this presentation, NEXA’s demonstrates its commitment to decarbonization and its plan to achieve Net Zero through energy optimization strategies, innovation in biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS), among other initiatives, are presented.

Three high-impact energy matrix change projects are highlighted: the use of biofuels such as bio-oil and biobriquettes; and the incorporation of hydrogen in mining vehicles. In addition, the impact on the reduction of Scope 3 emissions and the new business models generated to make these projects economically viable are analyzed.

These key projects, being implemented by NEXA, have demonstrated a significant reduction of emissions in its mining and metallurgical operations, promoting sustainable practices in the mining sector.

2:30-3:15 | Supply Chain Decarbonization

Adriana Aurazo, CEO & Founder Partner, RamaClara & Academic Leader of Mining Sustainability Program, UTEC
Cecilia Rabitsch, Vice President of Environmental, Social and Sustainability Affairs, Southern Peaks Mining
Kennia Velez, Innovation Engineer, Nexa Resources
Tamiko Hasegawa, Sustainability and Innovation Manager, Anglo American

Achieving decarbonization goals will require a circular approach. The suppliers to mining operations, and to mining equipment manufacturers, have a key role to play. From the batteries powering our electric equipment, to green steel and other clean tech, the mining ecosystem must evolve. Hear about what suppliers are doing (internally and also for the industry), the role non-mining suppliers can play, and what is needed to achieve success. 

3:15-3:45 | Electrification Challenges for Surface Operations
Tim Joseph, Principal Engineer, JPI mine equipment and engineering & GMG Director  

Working Session
3:45-4:45 | Achieving the Vision of the Net Zero Mine 
What is it going to take to achieve emissions targets for 2030 and beyond that to net zero goals? How are we going to get there considering the current global supply chain issues? During this working session participants will work together on how to achieve success. 

4:45-4:50 | Wrap up