AusIMM Underground Operators Conference returns with tech focus

A leading international event in the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) calendar, the Underground Operators conference will return in March 2020.

Over the three-day conference held in Perth from March 25–27, Underground Operators 2020 will bring an expected 1000 industry professionals to discuss important changes and solutions for the future of underground mining.

As the mining industry embraces a significant period of change, the conference will focus on the theme “Creating opportunities in the new frontier,” with innovation and the implementation of new technologies at the core of the program.

Underground Operators 2020 will highlight solutions for developing smarter and more cost-effective ways to extract orebodies, allowing operators to satisfy the global demand for raw materials alongside lowering environmental impact.

The conference will feature presentations from expert keynote speakers sharing detailed insights on the latest industry developments, and specialised workshops will also be available for unique professional development opportunities.

Conference chair Anne-Marie Ebbels said Underground Operators 2020 would highlight the importance of sharing knowledge and the importance of working together in the global underground mining community.

“The key takeaway will be knowledge and the opportunity for delegates to implement changes to their own operation. The conference also provides the opportunity to develop a wider network that can be tapped for support for future solutions,” Ebbels said.

Keynote speaker and Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum president Roy Slack will address the fantastic opportunity the mining industry has to be a leader for global change.

In an interview with AusIMM, Slack expressed the important role of young professionals in the industry being a guiding force for new ways of operating.

“We are in a time of very rapid change… We need people that thrive on change, that embrace and know what to do with it,” Slack said.

The conference will also feature keynote speakers Laura Tyler (Asset president BHP Olympic Dam), Knut Garshol (Rock Engineering consultant, Sweden) and Gary Zamel (Executive chairman, CommChain).

More information on AusIMM’s Underground Operators Conference can be found at

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