Trevor Kelly, Canadian Mining Innovation Council, and Mal Carroll, Syncrude
The future of surface mining is upon us. The requirements for fundamental change from batch to continuous mining platforms has arrived. Industry trends have generally been going in the wrong direction and need to moved toward zero waste, improving mining intensity, labor intensity, capital and cost efficiency. The Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) is developing and executing projects that align with the industry requirements, CMIC surface mining road, and enabling elements of open collaboration, flexible mine design, integrated digital platform and autonomous mining to respond to these grand challenges.