• 23-24 November 2021
  • PCEC


DAY 1: 23 November 2021

Plenary Stream

9:00 Overcoming Digital, Enterprise, and Automation Chasms in Mining with Digital Platforms

Leon Cosgrove, General Manager MineRP Epiroc

9:30 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

10:00  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?

Dr Jacques Eksteen, Chief Operating Officer and Research Director, Future Battery Industries CRC

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:

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


Chair: Joseph Doleschal-Ridnell, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia

11:50 Sponsored Session: From a high-level picture through to a number reaching the smallest detail: a reliable way to ignite the action with your data

There is no doubt that data analysis, visualisation and reporting together create a basis for more informed and reliable business decisions. No matter how detailed or high-level figures you want to see, it would help if you have the right tool and approach to convert the data into meaningful business actions for you.

Is there a way to integrate the data from different business areas and see the versatile impact of your decisions? What can you do to enable the personnel to answer any data-related question almost instantly (even the one you haven’t thought about yet)? Is there a reliable way to dig into your high-level number and get to the smallest detail? The answer is "Yes", and we will cover it in our session.

Sergey Makushynski, Managing Director, Qurious Solutions

12:10 Renewable Hydrogen opportunities in WA’s 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.

Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry




12:45 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, Managing Director, Larkin Sykes

Chair: Ric Gros, Convergency

11:50 Sponsored Session: How Machine Learning and Data Analysis is making Predictive and Preventive Maintenance a Reality

Today’s mining companies have more data at their disposal than ever before. But when it comes to their most critical assets, how should businesses be leveraging data to predict and prevent problems before they happen? This session will uncover how machine learning can enable companies to use data to not only analyze but predict the future. It will demonstrate how data can optimise mineral processes and maximise delivery efficiencies. Learn how reliability analysis can enable companies to make data informed decisions and understand how to apply real-time statistical process control to improve mining productivity. 

Ming Dong, Senior Analytics Consultant, Minitab


12:10 Transforming Maintenance through Data Science

Maintenance is a significant operational value driver in the mining industry as proper maintenance enables assets to be productive. The Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science (CTMTDS) is a multidisciplinary industry/research partnership whose aim is to develop next-generation tools and processes to leverage the coming data deluge so as to enable maintenance managers, maintainers, and engineers to:

• extract useful and actionable data from maintenance work orders using technical language processing;

• identify co-occurring or cascading failures in networks of assets;

• balance the risk of failure and costs of inspection of large numbers of assets;

• optimise maintenance scheduling; and

• support transformational change to increase the uptake of data science solutions and help create a data-literate organisation.

This talk will touch on the development of some of these tools and processes, as well as the elements that make up successful research/industry partnerships.

Dr Aloke Phatak, Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science

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 

Chris Russell, Industry Lead, Talend

Michael Titheridge, Solution Advisor, Talend

2:45 Panel: Space, Technology and Mining

Looking at how technology and systems from Australia’s mining and energy sectors will play an integral role in the space sector. 

Panellists include:

Chair: Peter Rossdeutscher, Independent Board Director including CRC ORE and MinEX

Leanne Cunnold. CEO, AROSE (Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth)

Dr Gretchen Benedix, Deputy Head, Curtin University School of Earth and Planetary Sciences 

Sam Forbes.  Director & GM, Fugro Remote & Autonomous Operations

Adrian Beer, CEO, METS Ignited Australia



3:45 Opportunities for the Mining Sector

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

4:10 Ministerial Keynote: Technology and Data Transforming WA Mining
Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy;Corrective Servics, WA Government


Round Table 1 - Future design of mining equipment

Paul Lucey, CEO, Project 412

Round Table 2 - Ingredients for successful university/industry collaborations in the mining industry
Centre for Transforming Mining through Data Sciene, BHP and Industry

Round Table 3 - Enhancing predictive and preventative maintenance through machine learning and data analysis

Raj Choudhary, Senior Account Executive, Minitab and Ming Dong, Senior Analytics Consultant, Minitab

Round Table 4 - What's different about doing data science in mining
Justin Strharsky, Unearthed.

5:00 End of Day 1

5:00 WA Mining Networking Function

DAY 2: 24 November 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


11:30 Maxmine

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)

Chair: Ric Gros, Convergency

11:30 Sponsored Session: Bringing greater insights and productivity to the resources sector 

Facing pressure to improve efficiency and safety while balancing changes in the economic climate, the resources sector must optimise operations. But shifting from a traditional mining environment brings many challenges. The need for a whole-of-business view and real-time insight across all mining sites is beneficial – but how do we manage this change in your organisation? 

Drawing on recent examples with mining clients, Ben Caldwell, Principal Consultant with Nukon (a SAGE Group company) will share how mining companies can enable this change by ensuring critical data is usable, actionable and able to provide more insight. In particular, he will discuss Nukon’s recent work with Newcrest utilising world class analytics software, Seeq, to develop a model for successfully predicting crusher mantle and concave replacement, enabling optimised life, increasing throughput and maintaining up-time of critical mining equipment.

Ben Caldwell, Principal Consultant, Nukon 


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 Impactful research – challenges and opportunities 

MRIWA has been investing in collaborative minerals research for over four decades with the goal of project outcomes delivering a benefit to Western Australia.  

Using a recent retrospective of completed projects, key learnings on the adoption of research outcomes were identified.  

Given the size of investment made in minerals research, it is important for both government and industry to consider how it can improve the likelihood of implementation of research outcomes to maximise benefit from that investment.

This presentation will consider the impact of MRIWA’s research portfolio and how the potential of future research can be harnessed to deliver benefit to all parties.

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