Engineering & Mining Journal

FEB 2019

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2019 HAULAGE & LOADING PREVIEW 32 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2019 Like most mining disciplines, open-pit mining is on an evolutionary track of steady improvement. On one front, auton- omous haulage is attracting a lot of atten- tion. That may not be a viable option for every mine, but most mines are definitely interested in getting the most they can from large haul trucks and primary load- ing tools. This rendition of the Haulage & Loading (H&L) conference will try to get its arms around what's happening, what will happen, and how additional safety and productivity improvements can be made. In addition to some of the high-tech options available to mine engineers and mine managers, several H&L 2019 pre- sentations will explore strategies for pit management and improving safety on mine sites. The concepts will range from contractors sharing their experience to a haul road expert debating the investment decision for rebuild versus maintenance. Merging all of this together is the human element and training operators to think about on-the-job performance. The conference, which takes place March 11-13 has been relocated to a dif- ferent Arizona venue: the Hilton El Con- quistador in Tucson. A golfing outing and welcoming reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 10. The technical program kicks off Monday morning. In total, there are six sessions (three per day) with three presentations in each session. On Wednes- day morning, the final day, a workshop will offer insight to surface mining professionals as to how they can get more from the equip- ment by using the tools that are currently available to them. Full-conference regis- trants will receive credit for professional de- velopment hours. Seating for the workshop is limited and delegates must pre-register. The format for the event has also changed. This time the program will be the central focus with exhibitors lining the perimeter of the ballroom. More than 20 vendors will be on hand. Komatsu Mining is a gold-level sponsor for the event. Hil- liard, MTU America, Philippi Hagenbuch and TowHaul are also sponsoring the event. What follows is the long version of the pro- gram and a description of the exhibitors. Session 1: Modern Open-pit Mining Strategies The Future of Haulage and Loading Michelle Ash, CIO, Barrick Gold Haulage is a fundamental part of mining, but will it be in the future? What are the emerging and current technologies, how fast are they developing and what will be their impact as they start to integrate on the mining process? What will the mine of the future start to look like as we automate, electrify, use, and produce big data and AI? Mine Design Considerations for the Future Brian Yureskes, director, global business development, Komatsu Mining Many mines today are not prepared for and were not designed for immediate full autonomous operation. The systems that guide these machines struggle with complex traffic patterns. Navigating the loading and dump areas is also a serious consideration. This presentation will dis- cuss the different levels of autonomy that are currently available to mine operators and future mine design considerations. The Future of Mine Safety Gord Winkel, director, chair of David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta Despite many positive achievements, the mining industry remains challenged with safety performance at current levels where major incidents persist in causing significant harm, loss and environmental impacts. This presentation shares leading innovations in safety that effectively re- duce ongoing significant incidents while simultaneously bolstering mine opera- tions' business efficiency. Session 2: Autonomous Mining Suncor's Autonomous Experience Anne Marie Toutant, Suncor Energy Suncor was the first North American miner to adopt autonomous hauler technology on a large scale. Nearly a year ago, the com- pany announced it would incrementally roll out a fleet of autonomous haulers at its oil sands mines over the course of the next six years. This presentation will offer an in- sight as to how those decisions were made. Space Age Mining at Home Greg Baiden, CEO, Penguin ASI Society needs next-generation mining to forge forward. Underwater mining and mining in space will require a much dif- ferent approach. An important consider- 2019 Haulage & Loading Preview Organizers revamp program for open-pit mining conference By Steve Fiscor, Editor The Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona (above), is the new venue for H&L 2019.

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