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Innovation is the mining and METS industry’s buzzword right now, and with good reason. Most in the sector are agreed that for Australia to remain competitive in the years to come, the way we do things needs to change – dramatically.
When we refer to innovation, we’re not simply referring to the next big invention or high-tech equipment, we are also encompassing incremental innovation, or a re-thinking of how we use equipment, technology or processes that we already have in place.
In positive signs, the mining industry is increasingly adopting and utilising the technologies available to them. Numerous examples can now be identified where solutions such as autonomous trucks, drones and sensors streamlined and saved significant costs in operations. Major miners were among the first adopters of digital technologies during the restructuring phase of the commodity price slump, recognising the cost benefits of implementing these innovations. A number of mid-tiers and junior miners are now also going digital in pursuit of the same savings.
However, there are still many roadblocks to realising the full potential of mining innovation. Just some issues still facing miners and METS include advanced technologies not being used to its full potential, vast amounts of data being generated but a lack of skill-sets to interpret it and entrenched cultures within companies that create roadblocks to innovation.
Ahead of the Austmine 2017 Conference and Exhibition where the theme is “Mining’s Innovation Imperative,” we will be hosting a live webinar to discuss exactly what this means and why it is so important for the long-term sustainability of the mining industry in Australia.
This webinar will feature three senior industry experts who have a range of experience in crafting and executing innovation initiatives. They will each present on the current landscape of innovation in the mining industry and will delve into the changes and transformations that are needed to create further step changes in productivity, efficiency and safety.
- Luke Davey, Project Director, MiningIoT
- Brad Maurice, Regional Sales Manager NSW - Digital Factory, Siemens
Brad Maurice has been with Siemens since 2014. Brad has previously worked Danfoss, Albany Filtration and Outotec. Twenty Five years experience in Industrial Automation, Motion Control and Process Engineering has given him experience in conveyor drive systems, VVVF drives, grinding, filtration, flotation and thickening. Brad has formal education in both Mechanical Engineering and Business from Sheridan College in Canada.
- Penny Stewart, Principal, PETRA Data Science