Advances in technology are providing opportunities to improve how we mine underground, while skill shortages and a lack of best practice sharing are making it harder to benefit from those opportunities. Building on work already underway, this workshop will bring stakeholders together to share experience and expertise, and identify the critical areas where we need to work together.
Underground mining has seen incredible advancements in recent years, which have allowed for deeper mines, better communication networks, and safety and productivity improvements. However, underground mining faces unique challenges around:
In addition, mining companies have set decarbonization targets. The challenge remains identifying and implementing the technologies, systems and processes required in order to reach those goals. Technology advancement is underway – such as alternative energy sources and electrification of the fleet, including BEV’s – to move away from the reliance on diesel to achieve goals such as carbon reduction, improving the working environment, mining at greater depths, and enhanced productivity, efficiency, and performance. While there are many benefits, there are also multiple challenges that come with them such as operational and infrastructure adjustments, new safety considerations, energy consumption modelling, and change management.
During this 3-hour workshop, participants will build on the work already underway to identify key considerations and current gaps in knowledge to optimize and improve how we mine underground, and define collaborative work that can be achieved in 2023 that will contribute to the progress towards future mining.
The Resources Centre of Excellence
65 Crichtons Road Paget, Mackay Qld 4740
November 7, 2022 | 8:30am – 12:00pm AEST