The 2019 Haulage & Loading Conference Schedule of Events.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Session 1: Modern Open-pit Mining Strategies
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Future of Haulage and Loading

Michelle Ash, former 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 ? 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…and how can we start harnessing these technologies? What are the risks to both adoption and non-adoption?

Mine Design Considerations for the Future

Brian Yureskes, director, global business development, Komatsu

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 discuss the different levels of autonomy that are currently available to mine operators and future mine design considerations.

Suncor’s Autonomous Experience

Anne Marie Toutant, vice president-mining solutions, Suncor Energy

Suncor was the first North American miner to adopt autonomous hauler technology on a large scale. Nearly a year ago, the company announced it would incrementally roll out a f leet of autonomous haulers at its oil sands mines over the course of the next six years, starting with its North Steepbank mine. In total, the f leet would eventually comprise at least 150 Komatsu haulers. This presentation will offer an insight as to how those decisions were made.

Session 2: Autonomous Mining
10:30 a.m. – Noon

The Future of Mine Safety

Gord Winkel, chair of engineering safety and risk management, University of Alberta

Despite numerous 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. In the face of business drivers to boost mine operations effiency, there is additional stress on sustaining safety programs while “doing more with less.” This presentation shares leading innovations in safety that effectively reduce ongoing significant incidents while simultaneously bolstering mine production.

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 different approach. Who would have thought water would currently be the most important ore to be mined off the planet? An important consideration will include coordinated networking for multimachine control. Next-generation positioning systems will also play a crucial role in the new methodology. This presentation will focus on this application of Space Age mining to today’s terrestrial operations and the advantages and disadvantages for both.

Continuous Surface Mining to Zero Waste

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.

Session 3: Future Considerations
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Costing Haul Road Construction or Rebuilds: Where is the value?

Roger Thompson, professor of mining engineering, Curtin University

A question many surface mine operators face is how to justify expenditure on a haul road, either as a new construction or a rebuild of an existing road. Various design methodologies can be used to build a new road, some approaches being more cost-effective than others. Similarly, for a rebuild or rehabilitation of an existing road, how can investment in road improvements be justified in the context of the total cost of material haulage? This presentation examines these questions, from both conventional and autonomous haulage standpoints.

All-electric Drive Truck

Daniel Robertson, business manager for mobile mining, large drives and traction drives, Siemens

A mining haul truck driven by electrical wheel motors is proposed with all-electrical power sources; that is, without a diesel engine. On-board energy storage is charged from regenerative braking, and is supplemented with off-board overhead power. This innovative solution offers significant energy savings and productivity increases for haul trucks of all sizes and practically all mine profiles. Beyond eliminating concerns about emissions mandates, an all-electric truck would also remove the costs associated with maintaining a diesel engine and its components.

Improving Mine Haul Roads by Using Advanced Instruments to Measure Haul Road Parameters

Alok Baranwal, technologist, RM Resource & Mining, Tata Steel

In an open-cast mine, productivity, fuel consumption and speed of haul trucks are key drivers to improve safety and efficiency of mining operations. To ensure efficient haulage, haul road parameters like rolling resistance, gradient, superelevation, curve radius and road friction must be monitored and upgraded regularly. In Tata Steel Ltd. mines, a multiple-sensor-based measuring instrument was used to capture and maintain the parameters for improving haul roads.

Special Event

Monday, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Fireside Safety Chat with Josh Savit

After the 2019 Haulage & Loading sessions conclude and the sun goes down, E&MJ and Coal Age will host a fireside safety chat with Josh Savit on Monday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Savit is a leading mine safety consultant who has helped many mines around the world build safety improvement programs. He will share some of his experiences working with mine operators with various levels of sophistication as far as management programs and IT/OT systems that track performance.

He will also share his thoughts on the direction of safety as far as the capabilities of systems and safety cultures drawing from global best practices. He understands the issues surrounding operator fatigue and also has insight into regulatory compliance. He will be available to answer questions in an informal, off-the-record setting.

E&MJ and Coal Age will provide beverages and cigars. Adirondack chairs around the fire pit are limited.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Session 4: Safety & Health
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Advances in Wearable Safety Products

Dan Bongers, CTO, SmartCap

Operator fatigue-technologies have been widely available for years, yet the mining industry remains slow to embrace these. Hesitations range from perceptions of newness through to an unwillingness to engage a workforce for fear of pushback. This presentation shares a decade of learnings from fatigue-technology deployments around the globe, with several example case studies showing results and challenges. Suggestions for best practices will be provided.

Managing Fatal Risks in Mine Equipment Operations

Douglas Jones, safety specialist, and Mensah Frimpong, mine engineer, Freeport-McMoRan

An analysis of historical incident trends indicates the interaction of large mining equipment with light vehicles and/or pedestrians is a significant cause of safety‐related incidents. Engineering, operations, and H&S personnel within Freeport‐McMoRan developed a policy to reduce or eliminate these interactions within mining and processing facilities. In 2018, a site‐by‐site audit was conducted at Freeport’s North and South American properties to measure compliance with this policy. This presentation will share the findings, highlighting best practices in design, engineering and operating procedures.

Actionable Intelligence to Improve Safety

Carey West, managing director, Loadscan

Safety and efficiency when loading trucks is paramount. Therefore, the ability to understand payload is key. In this session, Carey West will explain the advantage of load volume scanning (LVS) systems, which provide real-time, insightful data (including 3D images) for every load. With an LVS in play, loaders and truck drivers have actionable intel, which they can use to improve safety, eliminate overloading, reduce tire wear, optimize truck loading, eliminate wasteful haul-back, and increase fill factors. You’ll hear how those already using Loadscan have upskilled their workforce (with live, visual feedback) and increased their trucking factors by approximately 15%.

Session 5: Strategies for Pit Management
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Meeting Expectations for Profitable Production

Ross Gibbins, principal, growth planning, Thiess

The term costs has different meanings for self-performing mine owners and mining services providers. What is the general and specific definitions of profitable production? How does this relate to business sustainability and why is this important? How is this influenced by pit management? What impacts profitability and/or production? What part does innovation and technology play? This presentation will explore the relationship between operating costs, capital costs and revenue.

Turning Challenging Mining Conditions into Success

Tawnya Thornton, mine EIT, JDS Energy & Mining

Building a mine is no easy feat; it’s even harder in a remote location. JDS has assisted in the development and performance of mines around the world, in a variety of challenging environments. This presentation will discuss some of our greatest operational obstacles, and demonstrate that from Brazil to Baffin Island, a lot of the big problems in open-pit mining are exactly the same.

Strategies to Improve Productivity

Steve Bolen, vice president, construction, KMC Mining

KMC is one of Canada’s largest contract miners with significant assets, knowledge and understanding in the oil sands sector. Dealing with ever-changing mining conditions, KMC has developed several strategies over the years to improve productivity in the pits.

Session 6: Training & Development
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mine Operations Supervisor Development Program

Rick Green, senior superintendent, technical training, Freeport-McMoRan

The Mine Operations Supervisor Development Program is a systematic approach to develop essential skills, knowledge and abilities. The program is based on a simple business model composed of four components: physical assets, processes, people and leadership. Technical competency and business knowledge are key factors in each area of the business model. The program ensures a common foundation for Freeport’s mine operations across North America. Concepts are based on best practices, continuous improvement and accepted technical theory.

Reducing Variance Through Simulation-based Training Technologies and Processes

Adam Norris, regional manager, Immersive Technologies

A series of case studies will examine real-world results at mining operations in North America and around the world that improved haulage productivity and machine availability through a focused continuous-improvement approach using simulation as the key driver. The presentation will feature specific examples of actual projects, including methodology and results achieved. There will also be insights into new technologies available to the industry, including the gamification of training.

The Take Charge Training Concept

Gordy Williams, president, EDI

The difference between a “proactive” supervisor and a “status quo” supervisor can amount to millions of dollars in the mining business. The Take Charge approach is a dramatic departure from traditional supervisory training efforts. It focuses on results rather than classsroom activities. After each compact skills unit is presented to your management team, they are required to apply the learned skills and tools “back on the job.” They are held individually and collectively accountable to do this. Specially developed tools and measures are used to indicate the degree of success each supervisor achieves. These measures apply to both hard and soft skills.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Session 7: Haulage & Loading Performance Workshop
8:30 a.m. – Noon

Positioning Mines to Capitalize on Available Technologies

Dr. Tim Joseph, JPI Mine Equipment & Engineering Consultants

Dr. Tim Joseph, a recognized authority on mining equipment performance, will lead a certificated industry short course that will permit attendees to explore how they can easily use accessible existing on-board equipment data to evaluate equipment performance. The JPI Beyond the Stopwatch workshop will highlight, through presentation, discussion and exercises, haulage and loading issues and the impact that running surfaces and load balance extend to equipment performance. This half-day workshop session will provide insights, tools and techniques using existing on-board haulage and loader data systems to benchmark and predict adverse operational conditions. Attendees will find low hanging fruit that can be put into operational practice immediately realizing increased availability and productivity through better understanding of asset capability in a mining operation.