Program & Speakers

2017 Technical Program

(As of May 5, 2017.  Subject to change.)

Session I: Improving Operations
Monday, May 8, 2017

Optimizing Slope Angles with Controlled Blasting, Slope Monitoring, and Good Communication
By Keith Taylor, Sr. Geotechnical Engineer, Freeport-McMoRan
Is Bigger Still Better? Considerations in Increasing the Size of Haulage Equipment
By M. Dotto, T.G. Joseph, M. Curley
The Critical Link Between Loader Productivity, Operator Performance and Mining Costs
By Andrew Jessett, CEO, MineWare
Improving Truck-and-Shovel Utilization with a Surge Feeder
By David E. Pitchford, President, MMD Mineral Sizing (America)
Session II: Haulage Strategies
Monday, May 8, 2017
Bringing New Life to DC Haul Trucks with an AC Retrofit Package
By Ben Balbach, Heavy Industry and Power Systems Manager, Flanders
Mine Haulage Simulation: A Tool Towards Managing Uncertainty 
By Hooman Askari-Nasab, Mohammad Tabesh, and Shiv Upadhyay 
Can ‘Big Data’ Answer the Big Question: How Do My Haul Roads Perform?
By Roger Thompson, Professor of Mining Engineering, Curtin University Western Australia School of Mines
Electromobility Solutions for Modern Haul Trucks
By Daniel Robertson, Business Manager for Mobile Mining Equipment, North America, Siemens
Session III: Fleet Management
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Innovative Information Mining: Fleet Optimization
By Lia Walker, Quality Leader, Freeport-McMoRan
How Big is Too Big?
By Craig Griffiths, Manager Customer Solutions, Volvo Construction Equipment 
 Turning Erdenet’s Data into Dollars
By Gareth Dean, Pitram Product Strategy Manager, Micromine Americas
Adopting a People, Process and Technology Strategy to Drive Sustainable Workforce Optimization
By Adam Norris, Regional Manager – North America, Immersive Technologies
Session IV: Loading Techniques
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Coordinated Operator Training
By Graham Upton, Director of Business Development, Doron Precision Systems
Improving Ingress/Egress Systems on Mobile Equipment
By William L Porter & Jonisha P Pollard; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pittsburgh Mining Research Division
Human Fatigue and Impairment – Predicting, Detecting, and Mitigating
By Josh Savit, Senior Manager, Predictive Safety
Session V: Loading Techniques
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Hydraulic Excavator vs. Rope Shovel Performance
By Rodion Andreev, Tim Joseph, John Sammut, and Mark Curley
The Use of Lighting Technology on Mobile Equipment
By Tom Feldhusen, Senior Sales Manager, Phoenix Lighting
Shovel-Based Fragmentation Analysis of ROM to Improve Blast Planning
By Tom BoBo, Director of Technical Sales & Marketing, Split Engineering
Shovel Control Advancements 
By John Burant, Vice President Global Business Development, Flanders


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