Australia’s largest mining event, the 5th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), will present a bevy of mining heavyweights from Australia and around the world offering their insight into all aspect of mining, from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to new technologies including automation.
Gary Goldberg, President & Chief Executive Officer of gold major Newmont who will be speaking at the Global Mining Principles session, says that the industry can expect advances in technology to continue improving safety, productivity and efficiency in mining operations.
“While automation can deliver benefits in a number of areas, it must be considered holistically within the business and evaluated through the lenses of value creation, viability and social responsibility.
“Our operators are currently running semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles at some of our underground operations in Nevada, Ghana and Australia,” said Goldberg.
The company recently partnered with Caterpillar – who will be displaying their innovations on the IMARC exhibition floor – to validate and further enhance the technology, believing that a collaborative effort will help improve the reliability and function of automated underground vehicles and take it to the next level.
Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of Engineering at Monash University echoes Goldberg’s thoughts on the safety and efficiency benefits of automation but adds that the industry will also need a higher skilled workforce with strong technical skills.
“Automation and roboticization are opening up more opportunities for higher skilled work beyond the dull, repetitive and dangerous tasks often associated with mining.
“These workers will use more technologically based solutions to support the industry, creating whole new products we haven’t yet imagined, which we can then sell to the rest of the world. With these new technologies and practices embedded into the industry, we’re also envisioning 50 per cent women in senior levels as the new industry norm,” said Professor Croft.
Hear from Gary Goldberg, Professor Elizabeth Croft and more than 200 mining leaders at IMARC at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 29 October to 1 November 2018.
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The International Mining and Resources Conference is Australia’s largest mining event. Bringing together over 6,000 decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators from over 90 countries for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking. IMARC will run from 29 October to 1 November 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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