Conference program

We've got more sessions lined up and the details of our conference program will be further expanded upon in the upcoming months. Check back in soon!

Tuesday

Fossil Free Mining
This session is hosted by Boliden

Electrification of open pit mining in arctic conditions | Boliden
SPEAKER: Jonas Ranggård

In 2018 Boliden did a presentation at Euro Mine Expo on the plans to build a trolley assist pilot in Aitik. It turned out to be a great success, the trolley line showed great availability, proving that it is possible to achieve large CO2-savings while increasing productivity. Boliden have now refined the technology further and decided to invest 30 MEUR in implementing trolley assist on a larger scale not only in Aitik but also Kevitsa.

Automation
This session is hosted by Boliden

How to benefit from metallurgical digital twin in process optimization | Metso Outotec
SPEAKER: Ari Rantala

• What is metallurgical digital twin?
• Plant vs. process optimization and stabilization
• Development, where and how to start?
• How to benefit? – use case examples

Robot charger – Automatic charging of tunnel faces | ABB
SPEAKER: Jan Nyqvist

In November 2019 was automatic charging of tunnel faces using ABB robotic solutions demonstrated. This presentation will give some background, result and next development step of the Robot charger concept.”

Remote scaling | Boliden
SPEAKER: Lisa Önnerlöv

Mechanical scaling is a critical safety operation that requires real craftsmanship in order to be done properly. The operators use their eyes, ears, feel and experience, to be able to read the rock and do the right actions. Could this be done remotely? This is the story of our way there.

Production Benchmarking | Epiroc
SPEAKER: Olav Kvist

Production drilling is one of the most rewarding mining processes to automate. A production drill is usually stationary in a stope for several days under controllable conditions. Still the amount of miners using automation for production drilling is low. Epiroc as a leading OEM has decided to change this by benchmarking and demonstrating what good looks like to our customers, lowering the threshold. This talk will share some learnings on what you can achieve and some tips for the journey to improved productivity.

New mine dewatering | Boliden/Xylem partnership
SPEAKER: Jan Wikström

Presentation of a partnership between Boliden and Xylem about using new Flygt sump pumps and technologies for dewatering and sediment handling to meet the future demands ofmine automation. 


Wednesday

Digitalization
This session is hosted by Sandvik, and moderated by Andreas Simoncic

Make the Shift in the Mines | Sandvik
SPEAKER: Dr. Mats W Lundberg

The talk will gaze into the future of mining from a sustainability point of view. What trends will impact the future of mining and what does bananas have to do with it? Could examination of current sustainability topics and trends give us heads up? Could this future lead to more business?

How human interactivity and technology can work together to support operational excellence | Sandvik
SPEAKER: Dr. Petra Sundström

Seeing how everyone develops “My Fleet” digital services based on data collection from equipment, a project team from Sandvik’s new Business Area, Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions, has run a series of co-creation workshops with customers exploring what needs various stakeholders/personas actually have in relation to equipment data. The work effort has outlined a digital service assistant called SAM which is intended for team members responsible for running the daily operations within the crushing and screening plant. SAM is like a digital assistant bringing together people, activities and data in an easy-to-use collaboration tool that aims to power tomorrow’s data-driven operations.

Journey to the Digital Mine – Creating a Digital Ecosystem to Support the Mine of the Future | ABB
SPEAKER: Eduardo Lima

In today’s complex, hyper-connected and globalized world, technology has outpaced business processes, putting pressure on mining companies to constantly improve day-to-day performance. In this presentation, we will demonstrate, in practice, who are already seeing evidence that digital transformation in mining is working and demonstrating enormous value to the operations when driven by a single digital strategy across the enterprise. Wherever you are on your mine digital transformation journey, you will learn how with ABB's structured approach, broad digital portfolio, deep domain expertise and ecosystem collaboration, you'll cut through the hype to the core of how to achieve value through digitalization.

Deep rock engineering challenges
This session is hosted by LKAB

Heading towards great depths | LKAB
SPEAKER: Matthias Wimmer

Recent exploration results are very promising and reveal opportunities for continued future mining at greater depths. Changed conditions in terms of more complex geometries in combination with the present encountered rock mechanical problems require though a mind shift for the mine design and mining method used to maintain safe and productive operations. This presentation gives an insight into our rock engineering challenges and possible solutions.

Rock mechanics in Boliden underground mines – challenges today and technical solutions tomorrow | Boliden
SPEAKER: Anders Nyström

This presentation will start with a general description of the understanding of rock mechanics in the mining environment. Examples from Boliden mines of how high stresses on varying rock mass strength influences the mine infrastructure will be shown. An example of a ground fall due to high stress will also be presented that gives insight in how rock mechanics work is done in our mines today. Finally, some thoughts on ongoing research and development that may lead to technical solutions for tomorrow where the challenges with high stress in deep mines needs to be solved.  

Real time mining

Zinkgruvan Mining, LTE core and positioning | Zinkgruvan and Mobilaris
SPEAKER: Roger Schmidt

Mining Engineering Digital Twin | Andritz
SPEAKER: Sohail Nazari

The experienced team of ANDRITZ Automation has developed a unique and continuous way of training artificial intelligence to operate a mineral processing facility using ANDRITZ's digital twin. The AI is trained to respond to a variety of situations, making it capable of adapting to changing inputs and improving upset recovery time. The trained AI's ability to quickly process information and recommend data-driven solutions will allow for the improvement of the operation, such as start-up and shutdown, and assist operators to achieve plant-wide optimization.

Process industries value the IDEAS Digital Twin as a single, interconnected, fully dynamic, first-principals based model of their process operations; used from pre-feasibility process design, through controls validation, operator training and for on-line virtual instruments, condition monitoring and fault tolerant autonomous controls. The latest application of IDEAS is for the IDEAS Intelligent Control. This innovative technology just won 1st prize in the Goldcorp Disrupt Mining challenge - using IDEAS to train an AI agent controller using the principals of reinforcement learning. The IDEAS Digital Twin has been mitigating risk, increasing safety and creating value for projects and operations for over 15 years - yet many people are only aware of some of the uses. 


Thursday

Sustainable mines
This session is hosted by Svemin

Haul More with Less, how to improve haul truck performance | Metso Outotec
SPEAKER: Carl Samuelsson

Metso Outotec has for decades been supplying the mining industry with rubber linings. That has given us the experience and advantage needed to build a unique and totally customizable truck body. The Metso Truck Body is the result of a tight collaboration with our customers and is the perfect match to retrofit bodies to any fleet of haul trucks existing ones or new ones. The Metso Truck Body is a custom-built one-piece optimized hybrid. It is not a traditional light weight steel box with a retro-fitted rubber lining nor a suspended truck body. The energy absorbing characteristics of the rubber lining in combination with a body in high-strength steel allows us to build a lighter truck body. The lining consists of a modular system of different polymers optimized to further strengthen the exposed impact zones in the truck body to withstand the impact of loading and wear of hauling and unloading. In combination with Metso’s flexible lining, carry-back is reduced, additionally increasing the hauling efficiency, when hauling sticky materials such as coal or iron, or in arctic climate. These benefits are having a direct effect on the OPEX, not only by increasing the pay-load but also by lowering the fuel consumption. There are very few things that has such a direct impact on the sustainability of a mining operation than to haul more with less. That’s what we do.

The SIMS project | Epiroc
SPEAKER: Jan Gustafsson

The SIMS project was a successful EU project within the research and innovation program Horizon2020, SIMS spanned from May 2nd 2017 to April 30th 2020. The vision was: To create a long lasting impact on the way we test and demonstrate new technology and solutions for the mining industry. With a selected consortium ranging from mining companies, equipment and system suppliers to top-class universities, the SIMS project will boost development and innovation through joint activities aiming at creating Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems.
Jan Gustafsson, Epiroc and SIMS senior project manager will talk about the achievements, results and “lessons learned” from the project.

SUM – Sustainable Underground Mining | LKAB
SPEAKER: Michael Lowther

LKAB has initiated an industrial development project together with ABB, Epiroc, Combitech and Sandvik with the aim of setting a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depths. Together with our four partners, we will build a test facility where new technology will be developed and tested in real mining environments as well as in a virtual test mine.

The SUM project is now almost two years old and is entering a very exciting phase.

Development of the Konsuln testmine is on target, with the first new level (436L) completed.

A mobile raiseboring machine (Epiroc Easer) is in place, and test drilling has commenced.

This presentation will describe the ongoing activity in the mine, the development of the Mine Operations Control (MOC), and the status in the four sub-projects:

- mine layout and technology
- battery electric and autonomous machines
- control systems
- Our way of work and the interface between humans and technology

TraceMet – a pilot for sustainable metals and minerals | Svemin
SPEAKER: Erik Lindblom

Knowing that metals in consumer products have been responsibly sourced is increasingly something that producers and consumers are asking for. 

With an internationally accepted certification scheme and a system for traceability in place, we believe that being in the front line when it comes to the transfer to a more sustainable production will increasingly become a competitive advantage, driven by a growing concern in society and by an increasing number of actors getting involved in Agenda 2030 and in contributing to the UN SDG:s (Sustainable Development Goals).

Therefore we have initiated the pilot project “TraceMet” with the goal to develop a simplified, but fully functional, system and a technical solution that allows a certified declaration of origin, of carbon footprint and of recycled content for metals through the whole value chain. The project will have copper in electric cables and steel in trucks as test cases. The project partners include Boliden, LKAB, ABB, SSAB, Scania and Volvo.

Highly accurate positioning - A key component for the future of mining | Widefind
SPEAKER: Emil Fresk

The challenges of accurate and reliable positioning of people and assets underground, and why UWB is the most suitable technology to solve them.