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Technology and Innovation

The mining industry is undergoing a significant transformation driven by technological innovation. From enhanced safety measures to increased efficiency and sustainability, technology is revolutionising the entire mining value chain. Automation, data-driven decision-making, and advanced exploration techniques are at the forefront of this change, enabling safer and more efficient operations.

This digital shift requires a skilled workforce, robust cybersecurity measures, and ethical considerations to ensure a responsible transition. 

At Resourcing Tomorrow, key digital transformation technologies and mining innovation applications will be showcased, both on the show floor and in the conference theatres. 

Some sessions you’ll not want to miss include:

  • Is technology becoming the most valuable asset in mining and metals... and an investment opportunity?
  • A people first approach – best practice in change management when pursuing digital transformation
  • Opportunities for mining automation harnessing technology for a safer, more efficient future

Some of the world's largest and leading

Mining & energy companies who attend

PROGRAMME

  • 08:50
  • Tue, 03 Dec
  • 08:50 - 11:00 GMT
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  • 130 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber: Collaborating Across the Value Chain to Deliver the Energy Transition

  • 08:50 - 09:00
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Opening Welcoming Address: Reserved for UK Government

An invitation will be extended to the Government post the July 4th General Election

  • 09:00 - 09:30
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Session: Where are the critical mineral supply shortfalls in meeting the demands of the energy transition and how can the Inflation Reduction Act meet them?

The Inflation Reduction Act revolutionary impact fits in with this year’s theme of ‘Breaking out of the echo chamber.’ Since its introduction, the Inflation Reduction has changed the landscape of the mining investment industry by accelerating the energy transition through increased investment into minerals used for EVs and renewable energy technologies. However, can Western mining supply chains be developed from upstream to downstream?

Key points discussed in this session include:
•    Where are the critical mineral supply shortfalls in meeting the demands of the energy transition and how can the Inflation Reduction Act meet them?
•    Incentives and initiatives to improve supply chain resilience
•    What infrastructure investment is required – promoting diverse and resilient supply chains, local value-addition, and beneficiation
•    What investment can we expect to see in US battery factories?

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 09:30 - 09:50
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Address: View from a leading major – how can the industry better resource tomorrow?

Mark Bristow is recognised as one of the world’s leading mining CEOs who has consistently broken out of the echo chamber in his career. He is a passionate believer in delivering sustainable stakeholder value. Under his leadership, firstly Randgold and now Barrick, have one of the best records in the industry for exploration, delivering on production guidance, and honouring shareholder commitments.

Mark Bristow, CEO of Barrick Gold, argues that M&A deals will not solve the looming copper shortage. This talk explores how the mining industry can invest in exploration and development of new copper deposits to meet the growing demand for green technologies.

Key takeaways include:
• Gaining insights from a mining industry leader: Hear Mark Bristow's perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the mining industry focusing on copper and gold
• Taking a deep dive on the looming copper shortage and its impact the green energy transition
• Discovering strategies for sustainable resource development: Explore alternative approaches to M&A that can help grow copper production responsibly.

  • 09:50 - 10:20
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Key insights from the Government Roundtable

This session will present the key findings of the Government Roundtable that ran on 2 December. The Government Roundtable’s outcomes will differ from typical Government Roundtables in rather than it being Governments talking to other Governments, it brings togethers Governments, CEOs from the mining industry, leading finance houses, key associations, and industry experts to have meaningful and actionable discussions.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Ensuring there are enough critical minerals supply to meet the demands of the energy transition
• Addressing the different financing challenges across different stages of the mining life cycle and value chain
• How can permitting timelines be streamlined without compromising ESG concerns?

  • 10:20 - 10:40
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Fireside Chat: International collaboration opportunities to fast track global critical and strategic mineral value chains

Traxys is at the centre of the global metals and minerals industry. Traxys provides sourcing, logistics, financing, and marketing services move metals and minerals to the global market faster, more efficiently, with lower working capital and less risk.

  • 10:40 - 11:00
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Fostering collaboration between mining companies and the midstream and downstream to build resilient critical mineral supply chains

The energy transition is not a mining story but a materials one, where minerals meet the chemical industry.’

Collaboration between mining companies (upstream), midstream (processing and refining), and downstream (manufacturing and distribution) stakeholders is crucial for building resilient supply chains in the mining industry. Can mining supply chains be developed that offer a competitive alternative to China without compromising sustainable practices?

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Identifying opportunities for efficiency improvements, cost reductions, and waste minimisation across the supply chain to enhance competitiveness and resilience
• Promoting responsible sourcing, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility throughout the supply chain to foster collaboration on sustainability initiatives 
• Leveraging technology and digital solutions to enhance collaboration and visibility across the supply chain
• Developing risk assessment and mitigation strategies to address potential disruptions in the supply chain, such as geopolitical instability, natural disasters, or regulatory change
• Establishing transparency and open lines of communication and information sharing between upstream, midstream, and downstream stakeholders

  • 11:00
  • Tue, 03 Dec
  • 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
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  • 120 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 2

AI and Digital Transformation

  • 11:00 - 11:40
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  • 40 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Panel: A people first approach – best practice in change management when pursuing digital transformation

Transformation by its very nature can involve both psychological and practical upheaval in an industry, requiring new ways of thinking as much as it requires new technological tools to enable the change. It is up to technology leaders to understand the needs of their frontline staff, identify the relevant technology to address those needs and communicate the benefits of that journey to ensure buy-in from plant floor. This panel of experts will debate and discuss how companies throughout the mining value chain can:  
• Discover the most promising use cases for AI, IoT, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics to transform your mining operations and unlock value in previously unknown, data driven insights 
• Understand your underlying business needs and the correct technologies to address them  
• Onboard new technology in a way that enhances, rather than threatens the experience of existing staff members on the ground 

  • 11:40 - 11:50
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Technology Spotlight 1:
  • 11:50 - 12:00
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Technology Spotlight 2:
  • 12:00 - 12:10
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Technology Spotlight 3:
  • 12:10 - 12:20
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Technology Spotlight 4:
  • 12:20 - 12:30
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Panel Discussion: Technology and the future workforce – friend or foe for mining? AI, automation, and the evolving job landscape

If there is one technology that will enable the mining industry out of the echo chamber than it is AI and Generative AI (Gen AI)
However, he rapid advancements in Gen AI and automation are critical questions about the future of work in the mining industry. This thought-provoking panel discussion brings together experts from technology, human resources, and academia to explore the impact of these technologies on the workforce. Panellists will explore both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios regarding the impact of AI on employment.

The panellists will address:
• The rise of the machines: examining the potential of AI and automation to automate repetitive tasks, improve efficiency, and augment human capabilities across various sectors.
• Identifying the evolving skillsets needed for success in the face of automation, with a focus on creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.
• The reskilling revolution: implementing strategies for upskilling and reskilling existing workforces to adapt to the changing demands of the job market and bridge the skills gap.
• Will AI replace us? Separating myth from reality:
  - examining the potential for AI to create new job opportunities in areas like data analysis, robotics engineering, and cybersecurity.
  - analysing the possibility of job displacement and strategies for mitigating its impact on workers.
  - empowering people, not replacing them
  - highlighting the need for ethical considerations in AI development and deployment, ensuring fairness and transparency in the workplace

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 15:30
  • Tue, 03 Dec
  • 15:30 - 17:10 GMT
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  • 100 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 2

Technology and Innovation

  • 15:30 - 16:00
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Powering to a sustainable future - new thinking in electric batteries and energy storage

The transition to a clean energy future hinge on breakthroughs in battery technology. This panel discussion brings together leading experts to explore the latest innovations and future directions in electric batteries and energy storage solutions.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Beyond Lithium? Examining the current state of lithium-ion batteries and exploring potential alternatives. Discussions will cover next-generation battery chemistries like sodium-ion, solid-state, and metal-air batteries, and their potential advantages and limitations.
• Pushing the Boundaries: examining innovative research and development efforts to improve battery performance. We will explore advancements in areas like energy density, power output, charging speeds, and cycle life.
• Creating a more sustainable energy ecosystem. Experts will discuss responsible sourcing of battery materials, recycling, and second-life applications for used batteries.
• How battery storage solutions can facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. Examining applications for energy storage beyond grid applications, such as electric vehicles and distributed energy systems.
• How can AI and machine learning be used to optimise battery design, manufacturing, and performance management?
• Evaluating the cost competitiveness of various battery technologies and explore potential cost reduction strategies.
• How government policies and regulations can incentivize and support innovation and adoption of new battery technologies.
• The race for global leadership: We'll delve into the global competition for leadership in battery development and manufacturing.

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 16:00 - 16:30
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Panel Discussion: Opportunities for mining automation harnessing technology for a safer, more efficient future

The mining industry is on the cusp of a transformative era. Automation is rapidly evolving, presenting a wealth of opportunities to improve safety, efficiency, and sustainability. This panel discussion brings together industry leaders to explore the exciting possibilities of automation in mining.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Discussing the different types of automation technologies being implemented, from autonomous haul trucks to remote drilling operations
• Safety first: how automation can enhance worker safety by removing them from hazardous environments highlighting specific examples of how automation has demonstrably reduced accidents and injuries in mines.
• Harnessing the potential for automation to optimise mining operations. How automation can increase productivity, reduce downtime, and improve resource extraction.
• How automation can contribute to a more environmentally friendly mining future such as reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, and improving land reclamation efforts
• Is automation cost-effective for all mining operations? What are the upfront investment costs and potential return-on-investment for various automation technologies.
• Technological advancements on the horizon: What exciting innovations are on the cusp of revolutionising mining automation? 
• Address the challenges associated with implementing automation in existing mines, including infrastructure upgrades and integration with legacy systems.
• Exploring the importance of collaboration between mining companies, technology providers, and governments to accelerate the adoption and responsible development of automation in mining.

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 16:30 - 17:10
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  • 40 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Technology Pitch Battle

Four tech start-ups. Four tech investors/experts. One winner. The Technology Pitch Battle will have four tech star-tups pitch for just three minutes, followed by an in-depth seven-minute Q&A session from the investor panel as the start-ups battle it out to become the winner. At the end of the session each judge will give their reasons for which is the most exciting tech start-up and why. give their reasons why.

If you would like to participate, please email Nick Rastall at [email protected] 

  • 15:50
  • Wed, 04 Dec
  • 15:50 - 17:00 GMT
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  • 70 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Decarbonisation Strategies and Solutions

  • 15:50 - 16:25
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  • 35 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: How can the mining industry embrace renewables for decarbonisation?

The mining industry plays a crucial role in enabling the transition to a clean energy future. However, its traditional reliance on fossil fuels for operations presents a significant decarbonisation challenge. This panel discussion brings together industry leaders and sustainability experts to explore how the mining industry can embrace renewable energy sources for a more sustainable future.

Join us as our panellists discuss:
• The urgency of decarbonisation: examining the environmental impact of the mining industry and the growing pressure from stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Integrating renewable energy sources into mining operations such as on-site solar and wind generation, power purchase agreements with renewable energy providers, and microgrid development.
• The role of electric vehicles (EVs) and other electrified equipment in reducing emissions. The discussion will explore the feasibility of electrifying heavy machinery, charging infrastructure needs, and potential challenges and opportunities.
• Exploring how the mining industry can improve its energy efficiency through process optimisation, energy-saving technologies, and improved mine design.
• Harnessing collaboration between mining companies, renewable energy providers, technology developers, and governments to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative decarbonization solutions for the mining sector.
• transitioning to renewables cost-effective for mining operations? We will discuss the potential cost savings associated with reduced reliance on fossil fuels, the payback period for renewable energy investments, and potential government incentives for renewable energy adoption.
• How can renewable energy integration be managed effectively in the context of existing grid infrastructure and potential stability challenges?
• Quantifying the broader benefits of decarbonisation in the mining sector, such as improved air quality, reduced noise pollution, and enhanced community relations.

  • 16:25 - 17:00
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  • 35 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: Fuelling innovation – unlocking the potential of hydrogen for the next generation of mining

In the fight against climate change, hydrogen holds immense promise. This panel explores how hydrogen can transform the mining industry and contribute to decarbonization efforts.

Hydrogen's appeal is multifaceted. First, it is the universe's most abundant element, offering a near-limitless fuel source. Second, it shares some properties with fossil fuels, allowing for storage, transport, and high-heat generation. But unlike oil or gas, hydrogen does not exist naturally and needs to be produced.

Across various industries, hydrogen's potential is being explored. But what is its potential for the mining industry?

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Fleet decarbonization: can hydrogen fuel cell trucks replace traditional diesel vehicles, offering extended range and fast refuelling for efficient operations?
• Can hydrogen become the go-to solution for storing excess renewable energy and powering mines with clean electricity?
• Green steel: exploring hydrogen's potential as a clean heat source and reductant, replacing fossil fuels in steel and copper production.
• How integrating hydrogen applications can significantly contribute to the mining industry's decarbonization goals.

  • 08:50
  • Thu, 05 Dec
  • 08:50 - 11:00 GMT
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  • 130 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Breaking out of the Echo Chamber – New Approaches to Innovation and Collaboration

  • 08:50 - 09:10
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  • 20 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Fireside Chat with an industry leader

Mark Cutifani is a mining executive with 47 years industry experience. He has worked as a C Suite Executive for 33 years, 18 as Chief Executive. He was most recently the Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC, where he led the company’s most significant transformation, delivering industry leading shareholder returns for a Major Diversified mining group. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements including Resourcing Tomorrow’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. 

He is currently the Chair of the new spin off, Vale Base Metals business, while he is also a NED for TotalEnergies and the Senior NED for Laing O’Rourke. He is also involved in both NGO and charitable organisations including, The Power of Nutrition (Chair), Development Partner Institute (Director) and the Global Foundation (Chair of the International Advisory Committee).

  • 09:10 - 09:40
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  • 30 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Keynote Session: Financing the future - unlocking critical mineral potential: government financing opportunities across the mining value chain

Governments are often the missing piece in the jigsaw when it comes to financing critical minerals projects to secure the resources needed for clean energy, technology, and national security. The session will delve into successful partnership models, address challenges, and brainstorm innovative solutions to ensure a steady supply of critical minerals for a sustainable future.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Discussing innovative financing mechanisms to incentivize critical mineral exploration and development.
• How government investment can ensure responsible sourcing and environmental sustainability throughout the supply chain

  • 09:40 - 10:10
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  • 30 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Keynote Panel: Is technology becoming the most valuable asset in mining and metals... and an investment opportunity?

Like all sectors, mining and metals is undergoing a digital revolution. This panel discussion dives into the surge of technological innovation and its potential to reshape the entire industry, from exploration to extraction and beyond.

Join a distinguished group of experts for insights on how advancements are driving:
• The rise of mining tech startups: exploring the surge in investment and valuations for mining tech startups as they address critical challenges and unlock new opportunities. 
• Discovering how established technology companies are partnering with mining companies to develop and implement innovative solutions. 
• The role of collaboration between mining companies, technology providers, and governments in accelerating innovation.

  • 10:10 - 10:40
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  • 30 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Keynote Panel: Building and financing resilient and sustainable end-to-end battery supply chains

There is a recognition within the auto manufacturing industry that the race for the critical minerals necessary for EV production is a zero-sum one and that these resources are infinite. To secure a competitive advantage, maintaining unfettered supply of these materials is rising on the list of priorities auto-executives must contend with. This panel will explore the evolving relationship between EV and lithium battery suppliers with the mining world and how your company can be part of these evolving trends by: 
• Building a comprehensive picture of existing cooperation between EV and battery manufacturers and mining companies 
• Providing a pathway to unplug bottlenecks that exist not only in the supply of the raw material itself but the capital necessary to fund these activities 
• Establishing a roadmap to further OEM investment in the mining sector, where those opportunities are and what level of capital expenditure is necessary to bring projects online 
• Outlining the numerous ESG and sustainability merits of vertical integration in the EV supply chain that accounts for not only environmental but jurisdictional risk 
• Assessing the impact of new legislation such as the Inflation Reduction Act on improving capacity to pursue this activity at scale

  • 10:40 - 11:00
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  • 20 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Keynote Panel: Deal or no deal? Is acquisition and consolidation the best way forward for the mining industry in 2025?

In a rapidly evolving mining landscape, is bigger better? This panel discussion dives deep into the future of M&A and JVs in the mining industry. Our experts will explore whether consolidation is the key to success or if alternative strategies, such as vertical integration with parts of the midstream and downstream

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Citing recent cases, does increased size lead to greater efficiency and bargaining power, or stifle innovation and competition?
• How will the growing demand for critical minerals like lithium and cobalt affect M&A activity?
• Reviewing emerging trends in M&A such as vertical integration
• Does M&A create or destroy value in the mining industry?

  • 11:00
  • Thu, 05 Dec
  • 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
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  • 120 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 2

Data, Automation & Robotics, Cyber Security

  • 11:00 - 11:20
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  • 20 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Address: Unleashing the power of data: transforming mining through analytics

Harness the wealth of data hidden within your mining operations to unlock a new level of efficiency, safety, and sustainability. This address dives deep into how data analytics can revolutionize every aspect of your mining business.

In this talk you will:
• Discover how data analysis can improve exploration success rates by pinpointing high-potential areas and optimizing drilling strategies.
• Learn how data-driven insights can optimize mine planning, automate processes, and boost overall efficiency, leading to cost reductions and increased productivity.
• Explore how real-time data monitoring and analytics can identify potential risks and prevent accidents, keeping your workforce safe.
• Gain insights on using data to optimize energy consumption, minimise waste generation, and create a more sustainable mining footprint.
• Discover how data can streamline your supply chain, improve transparency, and optimize logistics for cost savings and time reduction

  • 11:20 - 11:40
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  • 20 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Session: The Future is Automated: Transforming Your Mining Operations

This session dives into the transformative power of automation in mining. Join us as industry experts explore how intelligent technologies can revolutionize your operations, delivering:
• Reducing worker exposure to hazardous environments by automating high-risk tasks.
• Boosting efficiency and optimising processes, minimize downtime, and maximize productivity with automated solutions.
• Increasing sustainability and minimising resource waste, optimise energy use, and achieve an eco-friendlier mining footprint through automation.
• Unlocking new levels of output and achieve operational excellence with the power of automation.

  • 11:40 - 12:00
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  • 20 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Address: Safeguarding against the dangers of cyber security in your mining operations

Mining operations are increasingly reliant on technology, but this opens the door to cyber security threats. This session equips you with the knowledge to safeguard your valuable assets and data.

Key takeaways from this session include:
• Identifying and addressing cyber vulnerabilities in your mining infrastructure.
• Implementing robust security measures to protect critical systems and data.
• Developing a cyber security response plan to mitigate the impact of an attack.
• Training your workforce to recognize and prevent cyber threats.

  • 12:00 - 12:30
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  • 30 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Panel: Strategic investments in mine site connectivity: maximising ROI and ensuring safety at the front lines

As mine sites become smarter and data driven, the necessity to maintain wireless connectivity across a host of locations, equipment categories and workers becomes increasingly acute. These efforts however come at a cost, and knowing where to deploy capital to achieve the most significant operational gains is of vital importance to technology leaders throughout the mining value chain. This panel will empower your team by offering insights into:  

• Innovative use-cases and methodology to ensure your vital assets remain connected in harsh environments  
• Mapping your overall business strategy and needs onto the digital tools you’re using to achieve them  
• Enhancing communication capacity to support safety protocols and avoid maintenance incidents  

  • 12:30 - 12:40
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  • 10 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Technology Spotlight 7
  • 12:40 - 12:50
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  • 10 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Technology Spotlight 8
  • 12:50 - 13:00
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  • 10 min
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  • Thu, 05 Dec
Technology Spotlight 9