Surface Mining: Roadmap to the Future
In February of 2018, CMIC in collaboration with Syncrude and Deloitte, conducted the first industry level workshop to create a roadmap that identified grand challenges related to surface mining and plot a pathway to tackle these challenges.
This initial work identified 10 themes namely:
- Improve orebody knowledge
- Integrated mine design, planning and scheduling
- Selective mining
- Alternative hauling technologies
- Modular mining
- Integrated operations with intelligent work environment
- Electrification and renewable resources
- Transact more efficiently
- Improve water treatment and management
This draft roadmap was released publicly at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum annual conference May 8, 2018 in Vancouver.
Initial feedback has been received and will be incorporated as we progress.
A second workshop in collaboration with the Global Mining Standards Group (GMG) was held May 9 to an open audience. The intent was to task participants to break down the silos between surface and underground mining and identify common challenges so that collectively we can create the next generation mining process(es).
The burning question was, “Why do we have separate roadmaps for surface and underground mining?”
The output from this inaugural workshop can be found here+.
This work was supported by Natural Resources Canada.
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