Date: 20 Oct 2020, 12:30 PM - 20 Oct 2020, 1:30 PM
Reimagining Digital Mining Webinar Series: Automation in Action
Australian mining industry is seen as a world leader in large-scale automation
projects, forged through impressive autonomous haul-truck and rail operations
in the Pilbara.
the industry has only just scratched the surface on the possibilities of
automation. A wide array of opportunity exists for optimisation through
autonomous operations, with safety, environmental and economic outcomes all
expected to be improved through a move away from manual processes.
webinar will explore:
- How automation links with overall mining organisation digital strategy
current landscape of mining automation
opportunities and key priority areas for autonomous applications
studies of automation in action
- Andrew Wilson, Head of Digital Teams, BHP
- Curtis Stacy, Phoenix AI Product Manager, Mineware
- Jochen Franke, CEO, Frontier Automation
- Brad Phillips, Business Development Manager, Hydrix
Digital Factories at BHP
In his presentation, Andrew Wilson will detail the start-up of Digital Factories at BHP and their application to deliver digital transformation and drive our safety and productivity agenda across our operations.
Andrew Wilson, Head of Digital Teams, BHP
Andrew has worked for BHP for almost 14 years across a variety of leadership and transformational roles in iron ore, manganese and coal. His current role enables him to work with talented digital professionals to deliver high value digital products to the coal business. Prior to this, Andrew was the Head of Asset Integration and the Head of the Coal Integrated Remote Operations Centre (IROC).
Andrew is a graduate from the WA School of Mines with a degree in Mining Engineering and is currently undertaking a Senor Executive MBA through Melbourne Business School.
Applying Artificial Intelligence to Automated Blast Hole Drills
Automated systems for blast hole drills have been in the marketplace for decades. Unfortunately, the existing systems have not significantly increased hole productivity as they have been designed with relatively simple set point algorithms.
Curtis Stacy, Phoenix AI Product Manager, Mineware
Applying artificial intelligence (AI) to control an automated blast hole drilling system has demonstrated a significant increase in hole productivity by applying intelligent adjustment to drill controls that provides a cleaner hole that virtually eliminates backfill traditionally caused by rough sides during drill extraction, automatic depth control, and most importantly, rapid drilling with reduced machine stress that exceeds not only human performance capabilities, but those of traditional automated blast hole drill control systems.
This presentation will illustrate the results of an automated blast hole drill system that uses AI in its control algorithm at a copper mine in USA.
Next Generation Reclaimer Automation – Using Real Time High Resolution 3D LIDAR to Optimize Stockyard Productivity and Ship Loading Efficiency
Recent advances in ruggedized industrial server based control system technology and architecture in combination with latest technologies in the fast evolving 3D LIDAR sensor sector becoming available have enabled the implementation of sophisticated automation algorithms for bucket wheel reclaimers used in the coal, iron ore, and other bulk material handling industries for stockyard management and ship loading. This presentation introduces new and previously unavailable functionality including optimised face up and faster slew turn approaches that not only increase stockyard productivity and ship loading efficiency, but through advanced set point management also addresses the risk of overloading and resultant bogging events.
Jochen Franke, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Automation
Unlike conventional reclaimer control, the next generation system utilises robust 3D machine vision at high resolution in real time, which is critical to detect and pre-emptively react to disturbances like partial stockpile face collapses in the immediate reclaimer slew path. Jochen and Paul will provide system descriptions including how to successfully and reliably deploy highly suitable but sensitive LIDAR sensors into challenging on-site environmental conditions. This is followed by actual site system operations performance summaries that contrast standard PLC based reclaimer production outcomes with the improvements achieved by the next generation system. Machine vision based automation improvements have demonstrably resulted in significant return of investment and may also debottleneck stockyard operation.
Mining Automation - What can we learn from other industries?
Brad Phillips, Director Business Development, Hydrix
The uptake of automation in the mining sector continues
apace, accelerated by recent events. But the mining sector is not the only
industry moving to more autonomous operation, which prompts the question what
is everyone else doing?
How does the US Food and Drug Administration deal with AI
driven diagnostics? What software approaches are being used in Defence for
safety critical operation? Is there a difference in hardware design approach
between an artificial heart controller and a detonation system and what happens
when you call your local telco to order a million SIM cards for your new IOT
Drawing from a range of past and present technology
commercialisation projects undertaken at Hydrix, this presentation will look at
some of the approaches taken, and lessons learnt, from other sectors and how
these might be applied to the delivery of safe and robust automation solutions
in the mining sector.
About the Speaker
Brad’s career started in the engineering of building
automation systems and progressed to the design and deployment of remotely
operated equipment in the Antarctic. Work on autonomous uninhabited aircraft,
including the first UAV to cross the Atlantic, ultimately led to his current
role working with clients to develop and commercialise first-of-type
technologies in the mining industry.
Tuesday 20 October, 12:30 - 1:30pm AEDT/09:30-10:30am AWST
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About Austmine’s Reimagining Digital Mining Series
Austmine is looking ahead to what is next for mining’s transformation in our new Reimagining Digital Mining webinar series.
The digital age of mining is here and it is creating unprecedented change in how we operate. It is no longer an ambitious or aspirational goal for the mining industry to consider innovations such as autonomous equipment, data simulation, predictive modelling and hi-tech robotics, but it has become the norm, as operations around the world initiate these levers to drive greater value for their organisations.
Yet while the step change from digital is clear to see, we have not yet grasped its full potential for mining.
This webinar series explores what lies ahead for mining’s digital revolution, providing expert insights about the next wave of emerging technologies, driving value from existing systems and bringing it together for an optimised, connected enterprise.
Austmine’s Reimagining Digital Mining Series Schedule:
19 August: Visualising Mining Operations
8 September: Integration and Interoperability
20 October: Automation in Action
18 November: What’s Next in our Digital Future?
9 December: The Age of the Robots
Date: 20 Oct 2020, 12:30 PM - 20 Oct 2020, 1:30 PM