Taking control: collision avoidance in surface mining

Collision avoidance systems are touted as a critical pathway to safer mines. But they are now also a significant enabling technology of the wider digital, automated mine ecosystem. By Jonathan Rowland Collision avoidance: a market snapshotMore mines will invest in collision avoidance systems (CAS; also known as proximity detection systems) over the next two years than any other technology bar…

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Dig smarter

New technologies are supporting improved shovel maintenance practices, allowing mines to extend maintenance intervals without endangering the machine.  By Jonathan Rowland Shovel breakdownThere are 5,500 hydraulic and 1,900 electric shovels with payloads above 20 metric tonnes currently active, according to the mining equipment trackers at The Parker Bay Company. These are large and complex pieces of machinery that operate in…

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Load and haul with Hydrogen

Hydrogen is one of the buzziest of sustainable buzzwords. Does it deserve the hype?  By Jonathan Rowland  A hydrogen milestone Much about the mining process is complex – from exploration May 2022 saw the launch of the world’s largest mine haul truck to be powered – at least in part – by hydrogen. Developed by Anglo American, the catchy-named nuGen Zero…

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Sustainability by Design

When it comes to mining sustainably, there are few more experienced voices than Stantec’s Debra Johnson. In this interview, she talks progress, challenges and the importance of building sustainability into the fabric of mining operations. By Jonathan Rowland Mining companies around the world are embracing the transition to net zero, and setting interim goals to see that they get there.…

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Diesel-less future?

The mining industry has long relied on diesel. Cleaner alternatives are however needed if the industry is to successfully decarbonize its mine sites. By Jonathan Rowland The phrase “net zero mining” is fast taking its place in the dictionary of 21st century mining buzzwords, just after the “digital mine” and slotting in ahead of the related term, “sustainable mining.” But…

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AI: Sci-fi becomes reality

Artificial intelligence has long appeared in science fiction. But it’s now coming to a mine near you (if it’s not already there).  By Jonathan Rowland In the early years of the 20th century, American author L. Frank Baum created the Land of Oz – and with it, two contrasting examples of living, intelligent machines. The first and most famous of…

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North American Mining Universities

Mining Schools Play A Vital Role In Equipping The Industry With The Next Generation Of Talent. Here’s Our Overview Of North American Institutions – And How They Compare To Their International Counterparts.

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