2023 AGENDA

DAY - 1: AUGUST 29

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
 
 
9:05 AM - 9:20 AM
 
Dr. Rizwan Janjua
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

•    What does digitalisation mean for mining and metals
•    Business drivers and technology enablers
•    Use cases
•    Risks and challenges
•    Success factors and recommendations

Göran Kördel
9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

•    Debating how to drive innovation and increase the competitive advantage of the European mining and minerals industry
•    Understanding the critical Raw Materials Acts, its implications for the sector, and how to capitalise on the opportunities
•    Combining European mining ecosystem with European sustainability and raw materials policies to establish a new global standard

Olli Salmi
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM
 
 

SESSION I – Artificial Intelligence & Data in Mining

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

In the rapidly evolving landscape of mining and smelting, the synergy between human expertise and AI-driven insights presents a transformative value opportunity. This talk delves into the realm of Virtual Processing Experts®, illustrating how they serve as invaluable partners, not replacements, for frontline teams across the mining and smelting value chain. The true potential lies in AI's role as an informer, augmenting the decision-making power of operators who navigate complex processes with diverse controls and variable feed quality.
The talk emphasizes that the key to unlocking the substantial gains in mine performance and productivity is the seamless integration of AI tools directly into individual processes, rather than waiting for a sweeping site-wide implementation. Today, the tools are at our disposal, and the value they offer is tantalizingly within reach – the only obstacle is delay. Central to realizing this value is recognizing the pivotal challenge of overcoming operator skepticism on each process. Building trust and ownership in the value of AI insights is paramount. Equally crucial is nurturing a culture where operators enthusiastically embrace this new paradigm of AI-augmented frontline decision-making.
Join us to explore a future where AI and human expertise collaborate, revolutionizing the industry, and securing unprecedented levels of operational excellence.

Katya Vladislavleva
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

•    Introducing the Smart Mining Platform (SMP) for more integrated, optimised, and adaptive operations
•    Assessing how the SMP ensures the highest rate of profitability with the lowest cost, expenses, and energy consumption 
•    Understanding how advanced technologies such as IoT, Digital Twins and AI optimise ongoing operations but also guide future operations 
•    Looking at the benefits of real-time mine monitoring and early warning systems
 

Dr. Masoud S Shishvan
11:50 AM - 12:20 PM

We are now witnessing a tremendous surge in AI technology, particularly in the realms of language models such as ChatGPT. As AI-powered copilot systems increasingly enter our lives in software development and as chatbots, an even larger revolution is on its way: 
•    Discovering AI-powered control of dynamic systems. This will change the way we control complex production processes dramatically
•    Exploring the next-generation process control system, utilising physics-informed models, generative transformers, and other cutting-edge AI methods developed over the past few years
•    Understanding how this enables faster deployment, cheaper maintenance, greater robustness, and maximum productivity
•    Best practices and lessons learned from the AI process control system that is already deployed within more than 10 factories and is helping our clients to generate $120 mn in profits annually
 

Konstantin Kiselev
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
 
 

SESSION II – Robotics & Automation in Mining

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

•    Exploring the various automation levels in mining 
•    Discovering the fully autonomous SPOT system underground
•    Understanding the importance of drones for inspections to increase safety and reduce risks
•    Debating challenges and assessing the next steps

Nikos Petropoulos

SESSION III – ESG Tech in Mining

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
1:50 PM - 2:20 PM

•    Identifying the most effective tactics to reduce your energy cost in underground mining. 
•    Accelerating energy savings with innovative solutions.
•    Enhancing safety for workers through advanced technological features.
•    A look into the cutting-edge tools in development to enhance energy savings and safety in underground mining.
•    Showcasing case studies of successful implementation.

Jose H. Leiva
2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
 
 
2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

•    Looking at what the Hybrit project is about and what makes it so unique
•    Exploring how this can revolutionise and lead the fossil-free transition in the industry
•    Assessing the role of all parties involved
•    Understanding the technology behind and where things are heading

Susanne Eriksson Rostmark
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

•    Understanding the challenges that the industry is facing and how to tackle them   
•    Technology and ESG requirements 
•    Debating when the technologies will mature for adaption 
•    Understanding how technology can boost transparency in the supply and value chain  
•    Discussing how to tackle sustainability from a macroeconomic perspective 
•    Utilising technology to accelerate outcomes 
•    Harnessing the potential of a circular economy in the mining ecosystem 

Dr. Rizwan Janjua Joana Prazeres Susanne Eriksson Rostmark
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM
 
Dr. Rizwan Janjua
4:05 PM - 5:05 PM
 
 
5:05 PM - 5:10 PM
 
 

DAY - 2: AUGUST 30

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
 
 
9:05 AM - 9:10 AM
 
Théo Berthet
9:10 AM - 9:45 AM

•    The importance of strategic partnerships and collaborations for the industry
•    Discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the industry 
•    Debating the importance of digital transformation in the regional mining industry  
•    Understanding and improving the level of technology deployment – Challenges and Opportunities 
•    Examining what technologies the industry needs, what is currently available and in development

Per Storm Erika Ingvald Eric Rasmussen
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Improving safety by implementing smart technologies
  • Optimising mining cost by reducing stationary & non-productive time
  • Increasing Reserve Recovery
  • Preparing the path to a Remote Mine
Christophe Delneuville

SESSION I – ESG Tech in Mining

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

•    Assessing the innovation behind the water powered DTH hammer
•    Understanding how high energy efficiency and low impact on the environment makes it environmentally friendly 
•    Exploring the technology behind and possible integration of third-party technologies
•    Looking at real-life application in the LKAB mines

Maria Bengtsson
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
 

SESSION II – Robotics & Automation in Mining

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

•    Exploring the impact of real-time material analysis for enhanced ore sorting at the mine face
•    A deep dive on machine learning applied to XRF data obtained from ShovelSense® and BeltSense® for advanced material classifications including mineral speciation and grindability for mine-to-mill optimization
•    Measuring downstream recovery improvements from reduced ore feed variability and increased head grade 
 

Hannah Lang
11:45 AM - 12:05 PM

This session will cover what the organisation does, how important it is to continue the collaboration between industry and academia, and how they focus on the Bergslagen node of the program to Örebro University and the prominent research there on AI and robotics.

Lotta Sartz

SESSION III – Artificial Intelligence & Data in Mining

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

•    Discovering BIM’s high-quality 3D-models with semantic information i.e., graphical and non-graphical information created with object-oriented programming 
•    Looking at how it enables the connection of all existing related information to the surfaces, solids, and voids as data points in the 3D information model
•    Exploring MiningBIM as an emerging technology that has the potential to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of mining operations
•    Understanding the generation process and fundamentals of the MiningBIM are presented

Jyrki Salmi
12:35 PM - 1:05 PM

•    Understanding challenges facing the industry and how AI can solve them  
•    Exploring deployment and implementation hurdles and how to solve them 
•    Debating the added value for investors and other stakeholders cross the mining value chain

Eric Rasmussen
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM
 
 
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
 
 
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Building on the information shared in Part A during the main agenda, this informative and interactive workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding of BIM's applications, implications, and opportunities for the mining industry (MIM). It will include the results of a critical research project in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, UK, and key pilot projects in this area. There will also be several interactive exercises to ensure that each participant can relate to the practical applications of MIM for their organisation.

Jyrki Salmi
3:45 PM - 3:50 PM