• 21 - 22 July 2021
  • PCEC


Accelerating WA's Mining Future to 2030

DAY 1: 15 October 2019

Plenary Stream

9:10 Opening Welcome

Ric Gros
Founder, Convergency Group

9:20 Keynote Address: 2030: Technology enabled future 

Alan Bye, Director, Imvelo

9:45 Keynote Address: Where we are going by 2030?
This session will look at the big factors shaping mining into 2030 and the key technology and social factors that will feed into that.
Graeme Stanway, Founding Partner, VCI

10:10 The value creation to be made by robotics and automation by 2030
Shaun Chau, Principal, Alphabeta

10:35 Panel Discussion: The future generation of mining – who, what, when and where

The modern economic, social and technological ecosystem is evolving every day. Mining companies are facing over the next 10 -20 years, a number of disruptive forces that will require a change of mindset and a step away from traditional comforts. This session will look to the future of the industry and explore what disruptive changes the industry could expect from an operational, regulatory, social and technical viewpoint over the next decade and how to prepare for and address these changes. Areas of focus will touch upon business needs, policy, standards, workforce, social media, public opinion, communication and technology.

Sarah Coleman, Managing Director ImpRes
Matt Schneider, MD, Optika
Nicole Roocke, CEO,  Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA)
Michelle Ash, Global Mining Standards and Guildlines and former CIO Barrick Gold
Alan Bye, Director, Imvelo
Adrian Beer, CEO, METS Ignited


Strategic factors impacting mining by 2030 

Chairperson: Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs, BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

11:35 Gaps in Mining’s ESG and Traditional Board assurance

For the risks managed by mining’s deep domain experts, risks need to be more clearly translated and  captured in traditional board assurance frameworks & in mining’s ESG frameworks to ensure optimal value-creation and value-protection for shareholders and society.

Alex Atkins, BE MBA(Fin) FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) FAusIMM(CP) GAICD, NED

12:05 What might the mining value chain look like in 2030?

This session will look at the evolution of the value chain from 2010 till now and assess the capabilities and features that will continue to evolve the value chain to 2030. Key features will be discussed to look at what the transformation shifts will look like from operations to workforce development and what this means for businesses now.

Steven Walsh, Partner, Deloitte

Innovation and technology impacting mining by 2030

Chairperson: Steve Latham, Associate Director, KPMG

11:35 Sponsored Presentation: Weir Minerals

Tailing Dewatering

An innovative method for the dewatering of tailings over exisiting thickener and filtration techniques resulting in a pumpable product. 

Nils Steward, General Manager Operations and Development, Weir Minerals

12:05 The importance of data integrity in the digitisation journey
This session will look at why the appropriate data quality is critical to ensure efficient business processes and how to ensure in particular master data quality.

Steve Latham, Associate Director, KPMG
Ben Talbot, Director, KPMG

12:35 Technology, People & Collaboration: Investing for 2030 Success

Jacqui Coombes, CEO, AMIRA International 

12:35 Transitioning to the future of remote  monitoring in 2030 remote operation technology and how this will impact the set up for the future 

This session will address:

  • Remote monitoring what have we learned where will remote monitoring be in 2030 
  • Best case examples on recent changes/challenges in remote monitoring and operations and how technology/engineering helped face it
  • What can we anticipate with the rise of drones, 3D printing and wearable technologies 
  • Leveraging the mining internet of things




Chairperson: Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs, BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

2:10 Standards - Is it a pre cursor or fast follower?

Standards are important to boost quality and safety in mining. As innovation opportunities present themselves, the key question will center on how standards will keep up with the fast pace and progression of innovation in automation and robotics in the sector.  How will standards pave the way for the future of mining and automation and what needs to happen? This session will look at these questions and look at where standards are heading in the future of mining. 

Emilie Mortensen, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

Chairperson: Steve Latham, Associate Director, KPMG

2:10 How block chain can create new business models 
This session will explore the new kid on the block - blockchain. What real benefits will block chain bring to the value chain? How can it be used in innovative and useful ways? This session will explore blockchain's role in the future of mining, reporting and compliance measures considered and how we need to rethink the way data is generated and processed.

Rowan Fenn, Co-Founder & CEO, rise-x 

2:40 Transiting to a Safe, Smart, Inclusive and Sustainable Mining - Using the transformative power of mining to create sustainable value in the future

  • Moving from reactive to pro-active integration of socio-political issues
  • Moving from transactional to relational and collective action 
  • Moving from Corporate Affairs accountability to address social issues to all in business accountability

Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs, BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

2:40 The Autonomous Mine – An automation and robotics future

The industry is actively embracing automation and robotics and are usually seen as leading examples in its utilisation to other industries. As technology continually advances there will be continually new waves of automation and robotics. This session will look at the future of automation, key examples, where GPS and robotics might be headed and the future of autonomous trucks

Paul Lucey, CEO , Project 412


Plenary Stream

3:50  Ways in which artificial intelligence will impact the whole value chain from exploration to Rehabilitation

This session will look at AI in practice, what its feasibility scope will be for the future and how AI will evolve by 2030 and where it will most benefit the sector.  A look at global trends from other industries will also be explored.

Matt Schneider, MD, Optika

4:20 Insights from Element 25: Lower cost renewable energy solutons for a 25 year mine life manganese project in the Pilbara

Hear insights from Element 25’s Butcherbird Manganese Project where they used hybrid renewable generation and leach processing innovation co-developed with CSIRO to use cheaper, lower emission renewable energy for the electrolytic process to make metal. Join Justin as he takes you through:

  • Element 25 and Butcherbird Manganese Project introduction
  • Energy:
    • Gas only base case scenario
    • Hybrid renewable energy cost saving scenario (TEC-C as a potential financier and turnkey solution provider)
  • Leach processing innovation

Justin Brown, MD, Element 25

4:40 Future of Global Mining Guidelines

Helius Guimaraes, The Global Mining Guidelines Group

5:00 End of Day 1

5:00 WA Mining Networking Function

DAY 2: 16 October 2019

Plenary Stream

9:10 Chairman’s recap of Day 1

9:15 Ministerial Keynote Address: 
A look at the unique opportunities and future vision for the resources industry
Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy: Industrial Relations, Western Australian Government

9:45 - Collaboration strategies – what Australia can do to accelerate its innovations and capabilities

This session will go through the strategies in which Australia can adopt to accelerate its innovations and capabilities.
Professor Goran Roos, Strategic Advisor, Defence SA Advisory Board

10:15 Panel Discussion: Keeping the finger on the pulse in a changing technological frontier 

The increase usage of smartphones and tablets and interest in electric vehicles and battery storage is making rare earth metals and lithium more important commodities. It is also providing a platform for massive technology gains to be utilised in the industry. This session will look at the progression of technology into the future, how this will force companies to become even more digitally savvy and where they will realise the best technology gains in the future. It will also look at new future models of working between owner operator companies and technology vendors as high tech companies enter the industry. 

Chairperson: Dr Alan Bye, Director, Imvelo

Panellists include:

Donald Yates, CEO, Columbus Group
Pamela Italiano, Associate Director, Sandpit Innovation
Samuel Forbes, General Manager - Remote and Autonomous Operations, Fugro


11:15 Diagnostic session looking at the knowledge transfer and skills requirements for the future workforce
This session will start by relaying the scene, showing a diagnostic on how the industry looks today and what you can expect it to look like by 2030:

  • What are the new trades/professions that autonomous changes are creating?
  • What do the next generation of mining personnel look like?
  • What are going to be the key threats with the automation of jobs and how gradual or fast might this be?
  • How traditional mindsets will need to change

Brett Cunningham,  MD, Mining Leaders Group


Strategic factors impacting mining by 2030

Chairperson: Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs, BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

12:50 Energy: The role of renewables and the integration into mining sector

  • The role renewables will play for the sector in the future
  • How will renewables add productivity and cost effective gains
  • Collaborations between renewable energy developers and mining operating companies

Dermott Costello, Regional Advisor WA, Clean Energy Council

1:20 Strategic vision on how to use mining technology.

Speaker: Paul Lucy, CEO, Project 412

Innovation and technology impacting mining by 2030

Chairperson: Ric Gros, Founder, Convergency Group

12:50 Sponsored Presentation: Allied Pumps
Creating sustainable efficiency and lowering operating costs in mine water infrastructure through technology

The Australian mining industry is a leader of sustainable water management recognising that environmental accountability, social responsibility and commercial viability are now interconnected goals. Increasing pressure on water resources means that mining, in Australia and globally, will continue to rely on expertise and innovation in effective and sustainable water management.

This session will look at the recent breakthroughs in technology, where innovation coupled with expertise, has been delivering outstanding results by lowering costs, reducing energy consumption whilst increasing service life and equipment downtime.

Greg Slack, Business Development Director, Allied Pumps 

1:20 Augmented reality and enabling technologies of the mining 4.0 revolution

AR, like VR and others, is a new machine-human interface. How are machines and humans going to interact in the future? Industry 4.0 enabling technologies like augmentation of reality and augmentation of intelligence driven by big data and analytical simulation have enormous potential to the industry as they can make knowledge to allow people to solve issues in a safe and efficient way. This session will explore Industry 4.0 enablers and AR in the industry and its future in providing safety and efficiency in the mining industry. 

Nicolás Jubera, General Manager, TiMining SPA

1:50 The future of the Integrated mine: where is Interoperable autonomous mining heading in 2030

This session will look at how a fully autonomous and integrated mine might look like by 2030 and the key features and necessities that would have gone into achieving this.

Adrian Beer, CEO, METS Ignited


Chairperson: Ric Gros, Founder, Convergency Group

2:55 Maintenance in an Industry 4.0 world – the future of transforming maintenance through data science
Semantics is important to any predictive maintenance program. You basically cannot validate predictions without this and is why many initiatives stall. This session will look at the core management systems and processes needed for future predictive maintenance measures

Melinda Hodkiewicz, BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations, University of Western Australia

3:30 Looking at the impact of new mineral demand on industry and infrastructure needs.
As the demand increases globally for new technologies and systems that use different minerals and metals, key question’s will need to be raised around volume and value comparison between the “old” infrastructure demand from metals and “future” demand for more sophisticated refined minerals.
This session will look at the shift in metal and mineral demand and how this might impact, shift and deliver infrastructure needs. 

Adrian Griffin, CEO, Lithium Australia

3:30  Handling the rising threat of cyber security risks across the entire value chain 

This session will identify the growing cyber security challenges for the industry, especially as we grow towards a cloud based business. It will look at existing threats, and how those threats will increase, as the industry becomes more reliant on automated technologies.

Duncan Anderson, Director - Cyber Security & Privacy PwC


4.00 End of Conference