DAY 1 - Wednesday, 12th October 2022


Opening Remarks

Chaired by Ric Gros, Convergency

9:00am - 9:30am

Keynote 1: Overcoming Digital, Enterprise, and Automation Chasms in Mining with Digital Platforms

Leon Cosgrove, Business Line Manager, Epiroc Technology and Digital

9:30am - 10:00am

Keynote 2: 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 created some fundamental shifts in the global geopolitical domains. As we emerge from the impact of COVID, innovation will further accelerate, driven by the constraints imposed by the restrictions. What will the recovery look like and what is the impact on the Australian resource sector?

Dr Ross Lambie, Chief Economist, Minerals Council of Australia

10:00am - 10:45am

Accelerating the Deployment of Innovation, Research & Development Innovation & Solving Explicit Mining Problems

Mining companies tend to become reliant on other industries to fulfill their research and development criteria, however as the industry moves forward and adapts to change, so must R&D and mining companies must stay ahead of the crowd. With digital, sensory and robotic advancements in the industry- how will this change the course of the future of mining developments?

This session explores:
Innovation supply: what’s currently available and how fast is it progressing?
Venture capitalists - the suppliers of risk capital: how do they play an important role in mining R&D innovation?
How the R&D space is changing and what the future holds for mining

Clinton Schroeder, Founder, TOKN Technology

10:50am - 11:20am

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

11:00am - 11:20am

Morning Tea Break

11:30am - 12:00pm

Sponsored Session: Enhance Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Through Machine Learning and Data Analysis

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 Pty Ltd

12:00pm - 12:30pm

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 multi-disciplinary 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 presentation 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

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Gold Resources Project

Minimising its environmental footprint and reducing operating costs by deploying a state-of-the-art renewable energy system. Actual cost saving and reduction in carbon emissions.

Sharon Goddard, General Manager, Social Performance and External Relations
George Zombari, CEO, Unlimited Energy Australia

1:00pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 2:30pm

The Future of Mining

Can Australia be the global robotics powerhouse? 
How to unlock and create value through an automation roadmap, policies and opportunity. 
The Symbiosis of Humans and Machines and Industry Collaboration.

Jacqui Coombes, CEO, Amira Global

2:30pm - 3:20pm

Zero waste: The Future of Tailings Management & Facilities and What They Mean for Organisations Across the Board

“The future of tailings management and new opportunities for products”

Tailings are one of the biggest byproduct streams produced by mineral resource activities. High profile collapses of tailings storage facilities in Brazil and other locations, while far away from WA, have raised awareness of the risks of large scale, long term tailings storage. We currently store around 3-10 billion tonnes of tailings in WA. Pressure from within mining companies, and from the public, government regulators, and investors, is driving change in tailings management. This panel will discuss the future of tailings management

Peter DiDonna, Principal Technical Governance Tailings, South32 (Multicommodity/Southern WA perspective)
Michelle Andrews, DG of DWER (Government/regulator perspective)
Kirsty Beckett, Principal Mine Closure, FMG (Iron ore/Pilbara perspective)
Talitha Santini, University of Western Australia Mining Innovation Network

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40pm - 4:10pm

Rio Tinto

Gareth Smith, Principal Advisor - Infrastructure Security, Rio Tinto

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Innovation Roundtables

4:00pm - 4:20pm

Roundtable 1: Data Science

Justin Stharsky, MD, Unearthed

Roundtable 2: Future Design of Mining Equipment

Paul Lucey, CEO, Project 412

4:20pm - 4:40pm

Roundtable 3: Ingredients for Successful University/Industry Collaborations in the Mining Industry

Dr Aloke Phatak, Centre for Transforming Mining through Data Science, BHP and Industry
Professor Andrew Rohl, Expert Computer Simulation Tech, Curtin University

Roundtable 4: Enhancing Predicative and Preventative Maintenance Through Machine Learning and Data

Ming Dong, Senior Analytics Consultant, Minitab Pty Ltd
Raj Choudhary, Senior Account Executive, Minitab Pty Ltd


WA Mining Opening Party - Networking Drinks

DAY 2 - Thursday, 13th October 2022


Opening Ministerial Address

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations
Mark Andrews, Senior Policy Adviser


Welcome and Recap

Chaired by Ric Gros, Convergency

9:00am - 9:30am

Mission Critical: Shifting Culture - The Progression of Gender and Diversity in Mining - A Better Way Forward

The mining industry is increasingly turning to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programs to address a range of challenges including an aging workforce, increased public pressure, and growing demand for innovative technical solutions to mining problems. Discussion on gender diversity in the mining industry is increasing as research project after research project show that companies that embrace gender and broader diversity perform better on almost all performance dimensions.

9:30am - 10:00am

Innovation: 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, Mining Automation Consultant, PETEC and Chameleon Mettle Group

10:00am - 11:00am

Digital & Autonomous Systems: Enhancing Business Decision Making Processes Through the Implementation of Digitalisation, and Data Driven Technologies

Data driven technologies are set to transform the way mines are run for several decades to come. Digitalising the mining sector can improve business performance while reducing risk when implemented correctly.

Join the panel of expert industry leaders who will explore how businesses can deliver the right approach when utilising digitlisation and data driven technologies in their business making decisions.

Rob Bryant, Executive Vic President APAC, Ineight
Alex Bertram, Dad, Entrepreneur, & Product Manager in the Resources Sector, Manager Digital Transformation, BHP and Industry Secondee, Microsoft
Michelle Ash, Technology Executive Lead, Oz Minerals

11:00am - 11:20am

Morning Tea Break

11:30am - 12:00pm

Cybersecurity: Managing Digital Risk in the Resources Sector

WA Austcyber Hub

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Quality Data and the Pursuit of Zero Waste

Technology needs to continuously evolve to keep up with the demands and regulations of industries, this especially being the case in the mining industry with the growing use of technology to bolster the safety processes on mine sites. With this in mind, tech in 2022 needs to focus on incorporating data driven analytics/management, cloud, automation, AI driven operations and cyber security into new technologies to stay ahead of the development curve.

Clinton Schroeder, Founder/CEO, TOKN Technology

12:30pm - 1:00pm

The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia: Delivering Future Innovation in the WA Mining Sector

The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia is a dynamic government research institute with the mission of stimulating and supporting minerals research with the capacity to improve outcomes for Western Australia. We manage a portfolio of research valued at over $76M addressing challenges and opportunities across the entire mining value chain, and actively seek input from industry in identifying and co-investing in key innovation challenges.

Our vision is to enhance the value delivered to WesternAustralia from the state's rich mineral endowment by bridging the research and industry communities through activist investment and targeted support. 

MRIWA is currently championing research activity in 5 focus areas identified as key to the future of the minerals industry in WA: Enhancing minerals exploration in Western Australia; Supporting the production and value proposition of 'Green' steel; Industry development towards net-zero emissions from mining; Critical minerals and; Supporting the METS sector 

Geoffrey Batt, Research Portfolio Manager, Minerals Research Institute WA

1:00pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 2:30pm

Critical Minerals: Innovation as the Opportunity for the Future of 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 

2:40pm - 3:10pm

Decarbonisation and the Exploration of the Future Towards Net Zero

Decarbonisation is a challenge but also an opportunity for mining companies. There are lots of obstacles to overcome, with technology, capital investment, public demands, stakeholder and policy pressure to name a few. If executed properly, however, decarbonisation will become a critical competitive advantage that is hard for others to catch-up.

This session will explore:
- What does the journey to decarbonisation look like?
- What are the potential roadblocks?
- What infrastructure is required to power the future mine?
- What are the biggest technology gaps in developing the roadmap to zero-emissions mines
- How can the industry work together to achieve net zero goals?
- Supporting minings’ roadmap to net zero
- Which types of solutions do mining innovation experts see as crucial for zero-emissions mining

Hear from leaders across the sector about their ambitions, successes as well as the challenges on the above.

Chaired by Claire Sykes, Director, Larkin Sykes Pty Ltd
Geoffrey Batt, Research Portfolio Manager, Minerals Research Institute of WA

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40pm - 4:10pm

Digital and Autonomous Systems: Unlocking Data to Enable Competitive Advantage for Mining Companies

Can Machine Learning help unlock data and provide competitive advantage to mining companies by reducing the significant Approval times for Mining projects? 

A subset of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Machine Learning (ML). A tool which society is starting to use extensively today. ML is a tool which augments and scales human intelligence. Over the past 30 years the Mining Industry has witnessed an approval process that has increased in time some 5-fold. The ability to unlock the insights from machine learning from data, is and will become more of a key competitive advantage to all businesses. 

This session will explore the elements of embracing digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning - though for broader and more in-depth use than currently contemplated.

Bill Haylock, Managing Director, PX4 Software

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Future Industry Overview

This panel will look into the changes in organisational structure needed to further develop a more connected, diversified and digitally aware future.

Building the modern mining workforce - A more diverse, geographically distributed and digitally connected future. Australia's mining industry is at the forefront of industries undergoing rapid and large-scale skills shifts as a result of changing technologies and future global demands. As a result of these changes, the mining workforce of the future will be more diverse, geographically distributed and digitally connected. Hear from industry leaders in their respective areas and how their expertise can help define and strengthen the areas that are currently lacking in the industry;
- Technology transforming and making mines more sustainable
- Innovation creating new roles in the workforce (drone pilot/ai developers/data analysts)
- Enhancing traditional roles (drill operator/mining engineer/field geologist)

Michelle Gibson, Head of Mastery & Training, BHP Operations services