• 15-16 October
  • PCEC


Accelerating WA's Mining Future to 2030

DAY 1: 15 October 2019

Plenary Stream

9:10 Opening Welcome

9:20 The value creation to be made by robotics and automation 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.

Shaun Chau, Principle, Alphabeta

9:50 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

10:20 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.

Matt Schneider, MD, Optika
Professor Adrian Pearce, Mining Industry 4.0 CRC, University of Melbourne
Nicole Roocke, CEO,  Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA)


Strategic factors impacting mining by 2030 

11:35 Sponsored Presentation: 

11:55 Looking to 2030 - A look at how mine life planning might change in the future and what priorities companies will need to think about

This session will look at the bigger picture on the future of mining and how potential policy and environmental impacts, technical changes, community engagement evolutions and sustainability pressures will alter the way the mine life plan might take.

Innovation and technology impacting Mining by 2030

11:35 Sponsored Presentation: Weir Minerals

11:55 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 samples, where GPS and robotics might be headed and the future of autonomous trucks.

Dr Sue Keay, Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems, DATA61, CSIRO 


12:30  To hire or outsource equipment and workforce – the drivers that the industry will face as the technological and social landscape changes 

This session will examine whether the accelerated rate of innovation could change the economics drivers and models in the Industry

12:30 Panel Discussion: Transitioning to the future of remote  monitoring in 2030 –remote operation technology and how this will impact the set up for the future 

This panel 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

George McCullough, Strategy Director,  Interlate



2:00 How standards will keep up with the fast pace of innovation in the sector

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

2:00 How block chain can create new business models 
This sessioon 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 wat data is generated and processed. 

Andrew Scott, The Global Mining Guidelines Group 

2:35 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

2:35 Ways in which artificial intelligence will impact the whole value chain from exploration to rehabilitation
This session will look at AI in practicce, 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 Shneider, MD, Optika 

3:10 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

3:10 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


4:10 Panel Discussion: Walking the climate change tight rope – balancing long term goals with future policy 

  • Re-evaluating the environmental and climate change process and how the industry can adapt to a low carbon future
  • After the fact – looking at recent actions such as the Gloucester decision and how this has fueled an innovation of response to the industry
  • How might climate change policy continue to transform the industry in the future and what approaches should be looked at

Justin Brown, MD, Element 25
Dr Guy Boggs, Program Director, Restoration and ex-situ Conservation, Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI)

4:45 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 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. 

Donald Yates, CEO, Columbus Group


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

1:00 Sponsored Presenation:

1:20 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

Innovation and technology impacting mining by 2030

1:00 Sponsored Presenation: Allied Pumps

1:20 How the future of augmented reality applications will enhance mining operations and workplace training
The birth of AR comes from the interaction between humans and machines driven by big data and analytical simulation. It has great benefits to the industry as it can transfer issues from the digital to the physical world and allow people to solve them in a safe and efficient way. This session will explore them in a safe and effiicient way. This session will explore AR in the industry and its future in providing safety and reliability efficiency in the mining industry.  

Nicolás Jubera, General Manager, TiMining SPA

1:55 Future outlook for tailings 

This session will examing the vital role water management plays in mining from the design of a sustainable mine water plan, effective groundwater management and the use of technology strategies that will improve water management. 

Anna Littleboy, Program Leader - Mine Lifecycles , Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland

1:55 How will Industry 4.0 impact the minerals supply chain from operations to production  by 2030

Professor Adrian Pearce, Mining Industry 4.0 CRC, University of Melbourne


2:55 Creating a sustainable mine water plan integrating water quality, groundwater management and water technology strategies


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 infrastructure projects on future mineral demand 
If you look at the statistics, 63.2% of Australia's mining exports are directly linked to steel production and 12% linked to thermal coal. But 30% is linked to coal when metallurigcal and thermal coal are added together. 

This proposes the question 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. 

Shoud Australia be processing more?

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

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

Roberto Di Pietro, Partner, PWC

4:00 End of Conference