• 21 - 22 July 2021
  • PCEC


DAY 1: 21 July 2021

Plenary Stream

9:10 Ministerial Keynote: Preparing WA for the Opportunities Ahead
Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, WA Government

9:30 Future Mines


10:00 Keynote Address: The Post COVID Economic Recovery Forecast

The financial impact of Covid was a once in a century event. It occurred in the midst of a technology revolution and some fundamental shifts in the global geopolitical domains. As we emerge from the impact of covid, innovation will be further accelerated driven by the constraints imposed by the restrictions. What will the recovery look like and what is the impact on the Australian resource sector?
Tania Constable, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

10:30 Panel Discussion: In review:  Re imagining the Future of the Resource Sector Post COVID

How will innovation look post covid?  What will the impact on exploration, new projects, mining operational demands and export markets for resources and technology look like as we emerge from this crisis? 

Panellists include:

Alan Bye, Managing Director, Imvelo and Director of Digital Value Chains Curtin University
Adrian Beer, CEO, Mets Ignited
Andrew Bailey, CEO, MinEX CRC
David Cormack, Partner, Deloitte




12:10 WA’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and the Opportunities for the Mining Sector

WA’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy aims to boost the state’s renewable hydrogen industry and allow it to be a prime producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.  The strategy focuses on four key areas including export, use in remotely located industries, blending into the natural gas networks, and its use in fuel cell electric transport vehicles. This session will cover the strategy and goals and pin point the opportunities and benefeits for the mining sector.

Kristian Dawson, A/Executive Director, Infrastructure Planning and Economic Development, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

12:45 Critical Minerals - The Opportunity for Australia 

Australia has an abundance of critical minerals. Being the top producer of lithium, the second largest producer of zircon and rare earth elements, there is still so much undiscovered potential.

These metals and non-metals are critical for manufacturing advanced technology such as smartphones, computers, solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles and more.

As Australia has the opportunity to be a global leader in the ethical and environmentally responsible supply of key critical minerals, how can we leverage this opportunity?

Alan Bye, Managing Director, Imvelo, Director of Digital Value Chains Curtin University and member of the critical minerals taskforce


Ming Dong, Senior Analytics Consultant, Minitab

12:10 What Does the Next Generation of Autonomous Mines Look Like?







12:45 Nextgen Applications in Machine Learning and AI for Mining Operations

Digital twin, Artificial intelligence, machine learning are all term often used but the real question is how these tools and capabilities will enable mining operations to increase productivity, efficiency and yield?

This session will look at nextgen applications, in particular the key operational decision support tools that can be provided to engineers to achieve their ‘best performance’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Penny Stewart, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PETRA Data Science  


2:10 Renewable Energy’s Role in Energy Independence and Carbon Neutrality for Mining Operations in WA – An Energy Storage Case Study

Advancements in the application of Solar PV technology, improved efficiency in energy storage systems and hybridisation has offered a unique opportunity to the resource sector to mitigate operational risks, reduce carbon emissions and provide significant operational cost savings. This is even more crucial as the energy demand for the extraction of metals and minerals increases. Gold Road Resources Limited worked with Unlimited Energy to design, fabricate and install a scalable, modular and portable PV and energy storage micro grid system for Gold Road’s Yamana exploration camp located 200km east of Laverton Western Australia. George and Sharon will highlight the initial scope of the project, the results and massive risk mitigation and flexibility this has given to Gold Road.

George Zsolt Zombori, CEO, Unlimited Energy Australia 

Sharon Goddard, General Manager- Social Performance & External Relations, Gold Road Resources Ltd

2:45  Pathways to Decarbonising the Mining Industry by 2030

There is a strong drive to decarbonise mining operations and hydrogen could play a big role in doing this. From storage to powering trucks and cars to even being used in certain mining processes there is a huge potential for the industry.

Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer
Australian Hydrogen Council

2:10 Delivering Instant Access to Trusted Data for Mining Companies

Discover how to achieve data clarity, agility and compliance as we walk through various use cases, including:

• Real-time data analysis on ‘dirty’ data from mining equipment (IoT) to increase hardware efficiency and reduce operational costs 

• Geographical data and deduplication of multiple entries once drilling has commenced

• Supply chain and logistic issues, using data from vehicles and their location to better map asset behavior of expected vs reality

• Retrieving data from industry specific ERP systems

• Reducing IT and end user bottle necks 

Mark Fazackerley, Regional Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, Talend


2:45 How we Drive Asset Performance through Digital Transformation?

Linking and connecting critical IT architecture, information systems and technology infrastructure are core to effective digital transformations in the resource sector. How to we effectively connect these systems to ensure optimum performance across the entire asset?

Patrick Morgan, Quantum Decision Analytics


3:35 The Net-Zero Ambition: A Case Study in Copper Mining and Water use - Technology Identification and Frameworks to Catalyse and Accelerate Innovation Adoption 

Looking at the methodologies and priorities for the technology roadmap in the zero emissions copper mine of the future. 

Clare Sykes, Larkin Sykes

3:35 Evolving Big Data Analytics in Maintenance

Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science

4:10 Opportunities for the Mining Sector

The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia


Round Table 1 - Future design of mining equipment

Paul Lucey, CEO, Project 412

Round Table 2 - Engaging the resource sector with the space sector
Quantum TX

Round Table 3 - Ingredients for successful university/industry collaborations in the mining industry

Round Table 4 - Electrification in mining

5:00 End of Day 1

5:00 WA Mining Networking Function

DAY 2: 22 July 2021

Plenary Stream

9:30    The State of Play – A Look at the Biggest Transformational Ideas Whose Time Have Now Come

- Value chain analytics and AI

- Energy and Electrification

- Critical Minerals

- Base Metal Extraction

- Talent Shifts

- Age Diversity

Graeme Stanway, Founding Partner, VCI

10:00 The Sustainable Commercialisation of Australia’s Largest Technology Innovation Sector

The importance of Commercialising Technology to develop and deliver the latest innovations, in a sustainable a way, with the benefits for the Resources Sector, addressing the opportunities within the critical minerals roadmap, as well as addressing the broader needs of Australia’s National Manufacturing Priority sectors.

Adrian Beer, CEO, Mets Ignited

10:30 Automation and Robotics on the resource sector and its importance in the supply chain

Paul Lucey, CEO, Project 412



11:50 Evolving Standards and Guidelines for Autonomous Systems

Automation technologies are rapidly changing and so are the guidelines that help companies implement autonomous systems and mitigate the operational risks and changes. This session will review the progressive standards and guidelines in place and how these are evolving. 




12:25 How the Digital World will Change the way People Need to be Trained

The digital world will not only change what we train for, but also how we conduct that training. Soft skills will most likely be required to be coupled with a technical foundation as we move into the future of work. Advances in technology have enabled gamification and eLearning to become an immersive experience that can enhance both professional skills and soft skills whilst meeting specific learning outcomes. The fast pace of technological change may mean that traditional degree qualifications or individual learning outcomes may be obsolete at the end of the degree so a combination of blended on the job learning, face to face delivery and e-learning and gamification may be likely more prevalent.

Rather than tell people what they need to do to meet future changes this session will get people thinking about creating a sustainable future. 

Peta Chirgwin, Senior Automation Consultant Sandpit Innovation and Mining Automation Lecturer (SMTafe)

11:30 Sage Automation

11:50 Global Industry-Research Ecosystems for Tomorrow's Transformations

Research provides an invaluable pipeline of knowledge and capability to innovation in the mining industry.  For over 60 years our industry has been collaborating through Amira to establish the foundations that lead to new knowledge, data, systems, and understanding - some of which underpin the major advancements we are now experiencing in our contemporary innovations.  In addition, we see notable industry innovators, business leaders, and technology influencers with roots in Amira projects.

Core to Amira's activities is supporting transformational research, development, innovation, and implementation (R&D+I2) that can unlock tomorrow's breakthroughs.  

The purpose of this presentation is to provide insight into strategies Amira is adopting to prepare the industry and future talent for tomorrow's challenges.   

Jacqui Coombes, CEO, AMIRA Global

12:25 Impact of Research on the WA resource Sector

Nicole Roocke, CEO, Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA)


1:55 Driving People’s Capability to think and Innovate with Technological Change 

What models and structures do you need to have in place for transforming business models and enable a digital transformation?

  • Challenging the traditional the barriers that stifle innovation 
  • Creating an environment that genuinely values inclusion and belonging to drive change
  • Demonstrating where real value can be delivered when you fully unlock people’s potential  

Sarah Colman, Director Sandpit Innovation and  founder and Managing Director, ImpRes

2:30   Zero waste:  A Tailings Turning Point: Transitioning from Trash to Treasure

Tailings storage is under increasing scrutiny from government regulators and the general public as failures continue to occur at active and decommissioned mines and refineries around the world. This scrutiny will (and already has) result in stricter controls on where, how, when, and if tailings storage facilities may be operated. 

Development of low cost, rapid strategies for remediation and reuse of tailings provides opportunities to develop new value streams and products for an operation while also supporting regulatory compliance and reduction of environmental impacts. Options exist for both active and legacy sites. In this talk, Talitha will present exciting new advances in tailings remediation R&D, and explore emerging opportunities for tailings reuse. 

Talitha Santini University of Western Australia Mining Innovation Network 

1:55 Technology and Biodiversity

A global perspective looking at AI and nextgen technology being used on mining tenements and restoration sites in WA. 

Professor Owen Nevin, CEO, WABSI

2:30 How New Mineral Exploration Technologies are Reducing our Environmental Footprint, Improving Safety and Delivering more Extensive Information at a Lower Cost

  • Coil Tube Drilling for mineral exploration brings safety, environmental and cost improvements
  • More efficient exploration drilling, even with traditional methodologies, reduces carbon footprint
  • Geophysical developments, both surface and down-hole, deliver cost savings
  • Cooperative research, with mining, exploration and METS companies, leverages federal funding for shared benefits for those in the consortium


Andrew Bailey, CEO, MinEx CRC




3:30 Deploying 21st Century Digital technologies to Solve Last Century’s Contamination at Mine Sites

Ravi Naidu, CEO. CRCCARE


4:05 Circular Economy in Mining

• The future will see an increased reliance on metals as they become the raw material basis of new clean energy systems.

• For some of these metals we do not yet know how we will meet projected demand over the next three decades.

• The purpose of the circular economy concept is to address the growing concern of resource scarcity and supply chain instability, while delivering better social and environmental performance. As such it may help address concerns about a supply gap.

• This session focuses on circular economy initiatives in mining. It will describe how the concept can be understood in theory, review some Australian examples of circular economy initiatives, and discuss worldwide trends. 

Dr Eleonore Lebre, Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

3:30 Critical Security – Advanced Threats in our Mining 4.0 Industry

• Increasing volume of Industrial IoT increases level of cyber risks and threats to critical infrastructure

• Case study in critical infrastructure attack

• Ensuring security capability of SME’s in supply chain ensures own security

• State-based advanced persistent threats (APT’s) are on the rise and biggest threat to Australian mining industry

• Cyber security should be given same level of importance as OHS in order to mitigate the risk

Simon Carabetta, WA AustCyber Innovation Hub


4:05 New Generation of Electric Mining Vehicles 
Andrew Dawson, Business Line Manager - Load and Haul Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions - Sales Area APAC

4.35 End of Conference