Changes in mine design are challenging to execute because mine design is integrated into the type of equipment being used. Currently, a lot of underground mine designs are based on technology that has not fundamentally changed in years. But mines have become larger, some of them have become electric, and for future mines, they are going even deeper. There is a call for thinking of new ways to design for those deeper depths and for better optimization of new technologies.
Mining technologies are evolving and planning for the implementation of new technologies and processes in both existing and new mines can be tricky. The industry will have to rethink their mine designs for the future.
Underground mines have unique design, infrastructure, and safety challenges, especially in deeper mines. Additionally, they also require sophisticated communications technologies to support other technological advancements. Mine planning will have to be flexible enough to incorporate not only current technology, but also the technology of the near future (the next 5-10 years).
KEY TOPICS AND CONSIDERATIONS
The scope of this white paper is still to be confirmed, but potential topics it could cover include:
Mine layout and infrastructure, automation, electric mines, change management, fleet management, ground support
How mine designs change in relation to the type of equipment used
Challenges mining companies are trying to solve with new technology
Aspects of mine design that are specific to underground mining
How underground mining processes evolve because of automation and the use of autonomous systems
The objective of this project is to publish a collaborative white paper that can help the industry understand common considerations and new approaches to mine designs.
This white paper would focus specifically on key topics and considerations related to mine design in underground mining. It is also a chance to map out what is already being done in terms of innovation.
We’re looking for:
Participants to contribute expertise and knowledge as subject matter experts
Members to join the steering committee to lead the project