The globalisation and consumerisation of technology is radically changing the requirements for mining company success, Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald told the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne today.
The speedy availability and adaptability of new technologies meant that how they were used was the key. Because many had systemic applications across wide areas of the company, it was increasingly important to break down the silo mentality of conventional corporate structures, he said.
Mr Fitzgerald said use of new technologies would increasingly define successful mining operations. These would impact on every aspect of operations, producing smart maintenance, smart supply and smart mining.
Operationally, sensors and robotics will play an increasing role. He cited developments like the now prototyped “ground engaging tool” and the joint French-Australian developed neutron thermal analysis for real-time ore definition and grade control. Virtual remote operation centres would improve operations. Importantly, technology would increasingly improve safety beyond the traditional “operating by feel” approaches.
All this would require mining companies to expand their range of partnerships with both large and small suppliers, he said.
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