GMG Tucson Forum 2019: Accelerating the Evolution of Mining

Did you attend the 2019 GMG Tucson Forum? Over 50 attendees gathered for an incredible two days of dynamic sessions and thought leadership around trending industry topics. Couldn’t attend? Here’s a rundown of some key takeaways.

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) assembles like-minded companies to help drive change in the industry. The group establishes guidelines that improve risk management, design solutions, performance, planning, and decision making while saving time and money. Last month’s forum saw tech and mining companies unite to discuss industry problems and how pain points could be relieved by autonomous mining, interoperability, the “connected” mine, artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Speakers gather for a panel to examine skills.

The forum attracted 18 speakers, sharing personal experiences and insights on the technologies yielding real results out in the pits. It was impressive to see just how much mines were benefitting by developing digital portfolios.

Teck, Canada’s largest diversified resources company, was one company in attendance. It examined how mines could use machine learning to boost haul cycle productivity. Jose Hernandez, senior engineer at Freeport-McMoRan, joined us to discuss the role of unmanned aerial systems in the industry.

Hexagon’s very own Marcelo Romero and Larissa Gounden were also speakers this year, representing the Mining division. Marcelo, Business Development Director for operations, started the event with a warm welcome and shared how our fleet management system is benefitting one of Mexico’s largest silver mines. 

Marcelo delves into the benefits of fleet management systems.

Larissa Gounden, Senior Global Manager for services and support, participated in a panel discussing ever-evolving skills and workforce requirements. The panel emphasized the importance of focusing on talent acquisition and retention. Larissa also mentioned this about the hot topic:

“We need to embrace the changes and attract talent by changing the way mining is perceived.”

The future of mining’s workforce made for a great panel.

Attendees weren’t there to simply listen though. Multiple breakout sessions allowed everyone to share feedback and ideas.

“It was great to be in such a diverse group and have intimate discussions about how to deal with too much data when what you really need is actionable information,” said attendee, Kim Haar.

We were thrilled to host the forum at our headquarters in the heart of downtown Tucson, an emerging hub for mining technology. The space features the Experience Center, showcasing our life-of-mine solutions with hands-on demos. It was a great opportunity for attendees to not only discuss the possibilities of technology, but to interact with them as well; not to mention the beautiful view from the fifth-floor event space & patio.

Here’s what other participants had to say about the event:

Speakers captivated everyone and so did the Experience Center

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