GMG – CIM Sudbury Forum: Program Details

June 12-13 | Holiday Inn Sudbury

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Day 1 

Autonomous Mining at Vale
Samantha Espley, Director – Technical Excellence, Vale

Vale has completed a technology roadmap and has now embarked upon a digital transformation and innovation journey within the underground and surface mining operations in Base Metals. This presentation will provide a specific update on the autonomous mining projects put in place and the future vision for fixed and mobile equipment and associated mining systems.

Opportunities for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles in Mining
Steve Gravel, Business Development Manager, OCE

Through resources such as research and development (R&D) funding, talent development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports, and demonstration grounds, AVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-based connected and autonomous vehicle companies. AVIN’s four distinct programs focus on supporting the development and demonstration of C/AV technologies, including infrastructure, related to: commercially ready technologies for application in mass light vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks, and vans), heavy-duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles (RVs) and others used for goods movement), transportation infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and transit-supportive systems and vehicles in Ontario.

Cote Gold – A Journey Toward the Integrated Mine
Steven Bowles, Manager – Cote Gold Project, IAMGOLD
Matthew Goodale, General Manager for Mining Product Support and Operations, Toromont

Cote Gold has a vision of applying proven technologies to provide economic and social benefits to its shareholders, employees and local communities. As the mining industry continues its course from mechanized to automated processes, the project is well positioned to integrate autonomous operations in the mine that act as enablers for further safety enhancements and cost efficiencies. Cote Gold and Toromont will present its vision for this journey and beyond.

Breakout Session: Enabling Autonomous Mining
From Paper to Predictive Models: Newmont Goldcorp’s Journey Applying Artificial Intelligence in Mining
Sian Marsden, Specialist – Mining Applications, Newmont Goldcorp

Two years ago Goldcorp started on a path to see how artificial intelligence (AI) could apply to the mining industry. We saw that as an industry geological data has grown in complexity with multiple software platforms housing portions of critical data making it difficult to assess all the variables associated with gold mineralization. In a partnership with IBM, we have created a geoanalytical platform that can query across 80 years’ worth of structured and unstructured data. Furthermore, geologists using this platform can find data and solve problems 35x faster than those not using this technology. As we spent more time on this journey we added advanced predictive models that demonstrated its ability to help identify gold mineralization. This has helped in removing some of the guesswork and subjectivity from this complex process. The results are leading geologists to new levels of certainty in defining gold mineralization as they capitalize on advanced technologies to fully leverage our data assets.

Panel: Disruptive Technologies: Skilling up to get Ahead of the Curve

Day 2

Green Energy Vehicles – A Vale Base Metals Review
Alex Mulloy, Mining Engineering Intern, Vale

Vale continues to develop its strategy for the implementation and use of Green Energy Vehicles within its Base Metals operations. This presentation will give an update on what is driving this change, the progress being made, the financials being considered as well as share Vale’s strategy moving forward with respect to fleet electrification.

Cristian Lopez Digital Transformation Director – Teniente Mine, Codelco
“Going for Gold” Battery Technology at Macassa Mine 7 Years Young; and Shaft 4 Integration Within The Existing Operations
Evan Pelletier Mine Manager, Kirkland Lake Gold
Mike Mayhew Project Manager shaft 4, Kirkland Lake Gold
Panel: Critical Components of the Electric Mine
Nutrien’s Underground Mine Network Connectivity and Steps to Future State with LTE
Justin Stade, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Nutrien

Discussions about the problems we’ve solved and things we are trying to solve with a significant portion on our plans for LTE. 

Collaboration Projects Driving Innovation
Heather Ednie, Managing Director, GMG
Breakout Session: Innovation Priorities for Underground Mining
Vale’s Approach Towards Continuous Mining: Evaluating the Application of Mechanical Rock Cutters
Andy Charsley, Principal Mining Engineer, Technology & Innovation, Vale

As Vale underground mining operations continue to get deeper (+2.5 Km) the challenges with production effectiveness and safety are increasing. The development of seismicity and ventilation issues are also a result of the increasing depth. Additionally, there is an industry need to reduce operating costs and get to orebodies faster to bring on revenue sooner. To manage these issues and challenges, Vale is exploring new mining methods, in the form of continuous mining in both development and production. The current drill and blast process is an effective method to excavate our hard rock with the strength of +250 MPa however, the batch nature of this method reduces face utilization time due to the cyclic sequence of drilling, loading, blasting, mucking and supporting the ground. Transitioning to a continuous process would allow operations to increase advance rates and get to the ore faster, resulting in an NPV increase. This can also help to make the uneconomic near surface deposits, economic and mineable. The first step towards continuous mining process is the application of mechanical rock cutting technologies; the opportunity with these technologies is minimizing the need for explosives underground and enabling continuous ground support technologies as well as continuous material handling systems. It is expected that the NPV increase potentially supersedes the cost of purchasing mechanical rock cutter machines. Vale is interested in these technologies as a way to increase operations’ overall productivity and safety significantly. In an effort to learn more about these technologies, Vale’s Technology & Innovation Center is participating in an industry-wide consortium, with the aim of trialling a mechanical rock cutter in the near future.

Designed for Depth; Sudbury INO’s Mine of the Future
Michael David MacFarlane, Director – MDM Mining Consulting, Glencore

Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations is currently building its new mine, referred to as the Onaping Depth Project (ODP). The mine is scheduled to begin production in 2024. The mining operation will begin initial production at roughly 8500 feet below surface and from the outset, ODP will be one of the deepest base metal mines in the world. Glencore intends ODP mine to be Designed for Depth, rather than adapting existing mine designs and work practices. To design a new mine for depth, Glencore has developed an innovation program to detail the new technology that will power the mine design. The innovation program targets 3 key areas: 1. Digital transformation 2. Continuous automated mining 3. The agile ecosystem. The new Onaping Mine, designed for depth, will be different from existing mines in three key aspects: safety will be significantly improved; productivity will be increased, and the work environment will be transformed. Together these drivers will produce the Mine of Future for Glencore.


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