Agility must underpin ‘intelligent mine’, forum hears

Richard Roberts

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Panel members (left to right): Mark O'Brien, Shane Clark, Matt Blackwell, Paul Lucey and Patrick Collis
‘We would prefer to … back ourselves that technology will unlock orebodies, rather than distant exploration’

Rapidly changing technology and societal expectations mean “agility” must become more than a talking point in most mining company boardrooms, the 2023 Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow in Perth, Western Australia, has heard.

Importing agile thinking and strategies from other industries such as car manufacturing became a thing in mining back in the 90s. Information, communication and aerospace technology companies have since redefined what the term means in business and industry.

An Austmine panel featuring Iluka Resources’ Matt Blackwell, Roy Hill mine electrification manager Patrick Collis, Thiess’ Shane Clark, and Worley mine electrification and technology leader, Paul Lucey, moderated by CITIC Pacific Mining digital technology boss Mark O'Brien, was asked to probe what was shaping the so-called “intelligent mine” and how the industry designed and delivered leaner, greener and more people-friendly operations.

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