Luleå Forum Speakers: Abstracts and Bios

Speakers and Panellists, Day 1

Heather Ednie, Managing Director, GMG

Presentation: GMG: Global collaboration to drive innovation


Heather Ednie is an influential mining professional who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, developing and spearheading vital business solutions through communications and association management.

Since 2012, she has been the Managing Director of Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), a network of representatives from mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, research organizations and consultants around the world who recognize that innovation does not happen in silos. GMG creates multi-stakeholder working groups to systematically remove the impediments to building safe, sustainable and innovative mines of the future.

Prior to joining GMG she led a young communications consulting firm, Modica Communications, focused on serving the Canadian mining sector with the aim of advancement of a safe, responsible and respected industry. From 2004 to 2009, as Director, Media and Communications for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Heather successfully reinvented the CIM communications and editorial department as the relevant source of information for the industry.

Heather served as Vice-Chair of Women in Mining Canada and is a founding member of the Women in Mining Montreal Branch organizing committee. Heather has received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award and was recognized in WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

Peter Burman, Program Manager, Mine Automation, Boliden

Presentation: 5G and positioning services as enablers for Mine Automation


Boliden has pioneered the use of wireless communication and 3D positioning in mines. All people and vehicles in the Swedish mines are fully traceable, which creates a safe environment. The next step is introducing 5G technology  and autonomous trucks, a cutting edge collaboration project with Telia, Ericsson and Volvo.


Peter Burman holds a master of science and M.B.A. He has been Project Manager in the Mine Automation Program since 2012. In 2015, he was appointed as Program manager for the whole mine automation program. After working for Boliden from 1988 to 1995, he left for the telecom business. During his 17 years at Ericsson and Ascom, he worked in various positions like R&D manager and Business Area Manager.

He also coordinates Boliden’s contacts with some European universities and research organizations.

Jenny Greberg, Associate Professor Mining & Rock Engineering, Luleå University of Technology

Presentation: SIP STRIM: Strategic innovation programme for the Swedish mining and metal producing industry


Associate Professor Jenny Greberg will present the Swedish Mining innovation system and the Swedish national innovation program for the Mining and Metal Producing Industry (SIP STRIM) along with current initiatives regarding interoperability in underground mining within SIP STRIM.


Associate Professor Jenny Greberg is Programme Director for the Strategic Innovation Programme for the Swedish Mining and Metal producing industry, STRIM, and R&I Director at Svemin, the Swedish Mining Association. Jenny has management experience from enterprises as well as research centres and academia in the raw materials sector. Her expertise is in the area of hard rock mining and optimization of mining processes and she has extensive experience from international R&D projects.

Andrew Scott, Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations

Presentation: Implementation of autonomous systems: a guideline to leverage lessons learned


Andrew Scott has been involved in the mining innovation arena since the very beginning of his career over 30 years’ ago. Having studied biotechnology and computer science at the University of Queensland, he was drawn to the mining industry as a means of funding his ongoing study.

As a young field assistant, he quickly found himself fulfilling the role of “go-to” person for any new technology that needed to be investigated or implemented. If ever he felt that a position within a company wasn’t giving him technology exposure, Andrew discovered that he would engineer himself into those roles. The latest example is when Michelle Ash became Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick, he made sure that he was on her team delivering on their digital strategy as Senior Director Innovation.

Since 2012, Andrew has been Incoming Chairman, Chairman, Outgoing Chairman and Working Groups Chair of Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) and thoroughly enjoys working with motivated and passionate people to improve the industry through collaboration, guidelines, and innovation.

As Senior Director, Innovation/Digital Mining at Barrick, Andrew had the scope of providing technology support for the entire mining process, which includes everything from exploration, feasibility, construction, production, reconciliation, through mine closure. In addition, Andrew represented Barrick on the OSI Soft Client Advisory Board, collaborating with representatives from other OSI Soft customers from other industries, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Andrew has recently taken up the position of Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations and coupled with his concurrent role as CORE Skills Facilitator, he is enthusiastic about further supporting the resource sector’s successful digital transformation.

André van Wageningen, Engineering Manager, Agnico Eagle

Presentation: Challenges with implementing new technologies in operating mines


Operating mines face the normal challenges of reaching production targets and budget constraints. At the same time, new technologies are being developed at an ever faster rate. New technologies can have great potential in productivity and cost reduction. Implementing new technologies can, however, be disruptive and there is a risk that expected benefits cannot be obtained. This presentation goes deeper into why mining companies are slow to adopt new technologies and how suppliers and mining companies can work together to make the adoption of new technologies more straight forward and have a higher chance of success.


André van Wageningen is currently the Engineering Manager of the 1040m deep shaft Project in Kittilä. The shaft project will help the mine to increase production by 25%. He has 17 years of international experience living and working in Canada, Sweden and now Finland. Throughout his career, he has had a focus on technology and a keen interest in optimization.

Besides his role in the shaft project, he is actively involved in automation and technology projects in Kittilä. André has an MSc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. When not working he can be found enjoying the outdoor activities Lapland has to offer.

Carlos Quinteiro, Senior Researcher – Mining Technology, LKAB

Presentation: The SUM Project – Sustainable Underground Mining (with Karin Jirstrand, Torbjorn Ottonson and Björn Rudin)


LKAB has formed an alliance with four other leading Swedish companies: Epiroc, ABB, Volvo and Combitech. This is a unique collaboration in Swedish industry, and the project is called SUM – Sustainable Underground Mining. The mine of the future will be safe, carbon dioxide-free, digitalized and autonomous. The aim is to set a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depths.

There is a five-year time plan, at the end which test work results must allow us to recommend the design and mine systems below the current main levels at Kiruna and Malmberget mines.


Carlos Quinteiro is a mining engineer with BSc from University of Ouro Preto, Brazil and a PhD from Colorado School of Mines, USA. He has more than 25 years experience in underground mining with broad experience in mine planning, sublevel caving, rock mechanics and production systems. The last two years he has been working with the future production systems at LKAB underground mines and the SUM (Sustainable Underground Mining) project.

Karin Jirstrand, Product Portfolio Manager – Interoperability Platforms, Epiroc Rock Drills AB

Presentation: The SUM Project – Sustainable Underground Mining (with Carlos Quinteiro, Torbjorn Ottonson and Björn Rudin, see abstract above)


Karin Jirstrand is currently responsible for making sense of machine data, turning it into valuable decision making information for Epiroc customers. Her background is a mix from different industries, working as software developer, project manager and product manager in both IT and embedded solutions, from telematics solutions to remote operating of machines. For the past 6 years, the focus has been on IoT for mining equipment, and connecting machine data to other systems.




Torbjorn Ottosson, Head of Mining, ABB Northern Europe

Presentation: The SUM Project – Sustainable Underground Mining (with Carlos Quinteiro and Karin Jirstrand and Björn Rudin, see abstract above)


Torbjorn Ottoson has extensive experience in the automation of process industries such as Pulp and Paper and Metals and also large scale projects in Hydro Power Plants – both in technology and general management positions.

Since 2018, he has headed ABB Mining sales and operations of hoists, electrification and automation for the northern Europe market and also support to the global ABB operations.

In this position, he has brought experience and knowledge from other segments in the ongoing global transformation of mining operations to full electrification and automation.

Björn Rudin, CTO Systems Engineering, Combitech

Presentation: The SUM Project – Sustainable Underground Mining (with Carlos Quinteiro, Karin Jirstrand and Torbjorn Ottonson, see abstract above)


Björn Rudin has over 20 years of experience in systems engineering, ranging from embedded software to complex systems of systems solutions. As CTO Systems Engineering, he is active in supporting Combitech’s strategic customers and partners on matters such as Digitalization and IoT. He is also responsible for Combitech’s “Reality Labs,” which are innovation labs with a special focus on the early stages of the product lifecycle as well as advanced visualization.


Speakers and Panellists, Day 2

Andy Charsley, Principal Mining Engineer, Technology & Innovation, Vale

Presentation: Innovation roadmap for underground mining at Vale Base Metals


Vale’s Base Metals operations in Canada include underground mines located in Sudbury, Ontario and Thompson, Manitoba with future projects planned for these two areas as well as the underground mine expansion at Voisey’s Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador.

As with many global base metals mining companies, the operating sites are challenged with a need to access deeper ore zones to sustain mining production.  In 2017, the Technical Excellence Centre in Mining for Vale’s Base Metals operations initiated a project to define the Underground Mining Innovation Roadmap to offset the deep mining challenges.  The roadmap was created and continues to evolve with input from operations, engineering, and strategy groups as well as with external partners in Canadian mining operations, supplies and services sector, and with research and development organizations.  The short-term and longer-term vision for the Vale mining operations was mapped out with the key themes and projects to address technical challenges, add financial merit and reduce critical risk.  There was also an emphasis on the need for social change management components and to re-think the organizational requirements.

The mining industry is poised with visionary leaders and advocates across all sectors to transform a traditional mining culture to one that embraces continuous improvement and outstanding performance.  This new culture will leverage the application of key innovation solutions such as those proposed in the underground roadmap to yield a step-change in business results.


Andy Charsley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Mineral Resources Engineering from Laurentian University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is certified as a Project Management Professional with over 25 years of progressive experience in the mining and construction industries.

Andy joined Vale in 2000 in Sudbury, Ontario and has held roles of increasing responsibly including Research Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, Project Group Leader and Senior Project Manager. In 2012 he transferred to the Vale Voisey’s Bay Operation in Northern Labrador Canada as the Manager of Business Systems, Engineering and Warehouse and worked in this role until 2018. He is now working as a Principal Mining Engineer in Vale’s Technology and Innovation Group leading Vale’s Initiative in Mechanical Rock Excavation.

Mats Johansson, Project Manager, SMIG Project, Luleå University of Technology


Presentation: The SMIG Project – For an Integrated Smart Test Environment for the Mining Industry


Swedish mines are highly productive due to technological leadership developed in relationship with Swedish world leaders in mining technology, communication networks and control systems. The Swedish mining industry has a clear vision of the “fully automated mining operation.” To reach that vision, new innovations based on digitalization, IT, robotics and automation technologies are needed and will contribute to safer mines, lower emissions and higher efficiency. In the SMIG project, mining operations with high maturity regarding innovative technologies, world-leading equipment and system suppliers, specialized subject matter experts, and universities come together to develop a test environment where systems of systems, technologies and functions are tested. Issues related to organization, technical integration and system technology will be addressed and several pilot tests will be performed. The test environment will support the testing of solutions with contribution from several actors.


Mats  Johansson was educated at Luleå University of Technology between 1979 and 1984 in the Masters of Mechanical engineering – Industrial Electronics program. Since 1984, he has been engaged in developing computer-aided command and control systems in the military application field as well as civilian applications such as railway control and hydrographic survey systems. Mats has been a pioneer in applying the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach in the Swedish Armed Forces Network Enabled Capability development projects since 2000. He has also been involved in managing different cooperative projects involving many European nations in the field of Maritime Surveillance. Mats was been employed in different subsidiaries of Ericsson telecom business for more than 10 years. He has, since 2000, been an independent consultant in project management and SOA. Some of his roles include software developer, system architect, sales manager, department manager, quality manager and project manager. He was also the project manager for the recently successfully completed project Arrowhead –

Anders Lindkvist, Technology Development Underground Rock Excavation, Epiroc

Presentation Title: Batteries – A Power Change that Changes Everything in Underground Mining


There is a five-year time plan at the end, which test work results must allow us to recommend the design and mine systems below the current main levels at Kiruna and Malmberget mines.


Anders has 30 years of experience in product development, whereof 9 at Atlas Copco/Epiroc. His current role is to determine what technology knowledge Epiroc need to gain to produce competitive machines with a time horizon of 5-20 year. Electrification and automation are the focus areas for Epiroc, and also for Anders. He has been deeply involved in the development of Epirocs’ battery powered machines, starting with ST7 Battery 2013 up to the launch of second generation battery powered machines 2018. He has a wide knowledge about the technologies involved, everything from battery chemistry to mine planning for battery power.

Stefan Castehav, Section Manager, System Automation, Boliden

Presentation: Connected Miner


This presentation will cover a Boliden project providing all mine workers with a handheld device, giving the mine workers access to online and live data. It will also elaborate on their projects for getting all mobile production machines connected to their network and delivering data to their production data platform, explaining how they will set it up and use it in their mine operations.


Stefan Castehav holds a bachelor of science. Mr. Castehav is heading the Infrastructure focus area within the Mine Automation Program. Mr. Castehav has been working for Boliden since 2013 when he left the telecom business, having worked 23 years at Ericsson and Ascom in various positions like Project manager, Product manager and R&D manager.

Morgan Rody, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems (SIMS)

Presentation: World Class Demonstrations


Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems is a 3-year EU Horizon 2020 funded demonstrator project with 13 partners which focuses on safe underground mine automation. To be completed by April 2020, SIMS will produce a number of demonstrations, ranging from battery mining machines to underground 5G communications to improvements in rock bolting.


Morgan Rody is an employee of Epiroc Rock Drills AB with an M.Sc. in Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering with a focus on Mobile Robotics. He has over 10 years of experience in R&D and R&D project management. Morgan is currently the Senior Project Manager for the SIMS Project (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems) which runs from May 2017 to April 2020.

Liv Carroll, Senior Principal, Analytics, Digital Mining, Accenture

Presentation: Mining Reimagined in a Millennial Age


The mining industry is going through a significant transformation; this is largely as a result of developments in technology changing the way in which we can work and the demographics of the workforce also changing, with intelligence being sourced from both human and machine. Many traditional roles are morphing to include previously inaccessible data and insights, and there is enormous potential to impact productivity and sustainability when we work as an ecosystem and bridge the established discipline silos. The opportunity is clear; the most effective approach to ensure the workforce can, and do, adjust and ensure speed to value is less well defined. This presentation will introduce you to the drivers of change; the potential of key technologies, including integrated platforms and artificial intelligence, to enable data-driven, value-based decision making; and how you develop a strategy for effective implementation.


Liv Carroll is a Senior Principal with Accenture’s Global Mining Practice focused on Transformation in Mining and Analytics. Liv works with clients to understand where the opportunities are for locked and lost value along the mining value chain through creation, adoption and strengthening of innovation and sustainability strategy with supporting digital initiatives. As a Chartered Geologist with 17 years consulting in the mining industry and supported by a Masters in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College and a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Durham University, Liv works alongside C-suite, corporate functions, operational teams and ecosystem partners with a cross-discipline approach, engaging the workforce from the outset to improve productivity, empower people at all levels to adapt to change and develop new skills, and strengthen the competitive advantage of the business. Having previously undertaken technical and advisory roles with technical consultancies to listed and private mineral explorers and operators, as well as investment groups for due diligence, corporate strategy development and project portfolio management, Liv has a broad understanding of the extractive industries. Liv is an active member of GMG and is one of the leads in the development of the Short Interval Control Guideline. She is also a Committee Member of PERC (Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee); convenor of the London Mining Sundowner, the UK’s largest mining industry monthly networking event; former Trustee, Council Member and Professional Secretary of the Geological Society; and an active scrutineer for Chartership. Named one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2013 & 2016, and one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering 2016, a Telegraph initiative joint with the Women’s Engineering Society.

Mikael Nyström, CEO Mobilaris Group and Mobilaris MCE

Presentation Title: Cornerstones of mine Digitalization


We often talk about the technology requirements of making the mine digital and autonomous. And while those are important, the true impact on safety and productivity only comes after technologies have moved from the PoC state into the critical path for production. In order words, it is not only about what technologies to use but also about how they are deployed. This talk will highlight our thinking around key technologies, digital platforms and connectivity along with ways of working getting them successfully deployed generating increased productivity and safety.


Mr. Mikael Nyström has 20 years of experience working with leadership and business development in the Telecom industry in senior management positions. 1994 Mikael started working for Ericsson with Radio Access Network development in various roles in project, product and system management. In 2002 he moved to the large nordic consultancy and service company TietoEnator (now Tieto). From 2002 to 2005 Mikael managed the Japanese 3G RBS development. 2006 to 2007 Mikael was the Director for Business development for Radio Access Networks and from 2008 to 2011 he worked as the global Business Unit manager for all Radio and Broadband Access development at Tieto. From October 2011 he joined Mobilaris as CEO. Mikael holds an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a licentiate degree in Structural Mechanics.

Andreas Simoncic, Business Line Manager Automation, Sales area Northern Europe, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology SWEDEN



Andreas Simoncic has 18 years of experience in the IT and Industrial Automation industries, with various positions in sales and management. He has worked with mission-critical computer center systems and Industrial automation solutions for companies like Data General, EMC, Siemens and Dell.

He has been an entrepreneur in the mining industry for 10 years. He co-founded several junior exploration companies, including one mine re-opening project (a large iron ore mine in central Sweden). He has also worked with feasibility studies, NI-43-101 reporting, environmental assessments and mining concession application process. He now works as Business Line Manager for Automation and Digitalization, responsible for the Northern Europe sales area, at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.


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