Austmine 2021: Harnessing intelligence

The mining sector can start to get excited about the arrival of Austmine 2021, in which industry professionals come together to discuss the way forward.

Austmine will host the largest gathering of mining and mining supply companies in Australia since COVID-19 began at its conference in Perth, Western Australia, next month.

Austmine 2021: Harnessing Intelligence is a world-leading mining innovation conference sponsored by BHP. It will explore the importance of optimising the interaction between people, processes and technology across the mining value chain.

More than 50 mining innovation and technology experts will highlight the latest developments in the mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors across two days on May 25-27.

Austmine chief executive Christine Gibbs Stewart says there has never been a more important time to gather as an industry to discuss the way forward, with the Australian METS and mining sectors leading the creation and adoption of new technologies.

“We have a unique opportunity to continue to lead in this area, particularly as other mining nations look to Australia for guidance in a new COVID world,” Gibbs Stewart says.

“After a prolonged period of online operations and decreased opportunities to network, this is the first major opportunity for the industry to come together since the pandemic occurred.

“Austmine 2021 will serve as the go-to event to hear what’s next in mining innovation from high-calibre speakers and will provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals to drive further value for the METS sector, and the mining industry more broadly.”

Gibbs Stewart says the conference theme, Harnessing Intelligence, will progress the innovation conversation.

“We can go to new, unexplored heights as an industry by harnessing our collective intelligence,” she says.

“This is not just about leveraging data and information; it is optimising interactions between humans and machines.

“As intelligent systems and new technologies develop at a rapid pace, ensuring that the right people and processes are engaging with it will drive value into the future.”

The conference is receiving strong industry support through sponsorship and attendance.

“We are thrilled with industry response to the conference. As Australia’s reputation as a mining technology hub continues to grow, so too do the number of exhibitors and attendees,” Gibbs Stewart says.

“Our principal sponsor is BHP, with whom Austmine shares a strategic partnership. Industry confidence from BHP and valued conference sponsors guarantees Austmine 2021 will advance the interests of the METS sector and fast-track technology adoption in mining.”


Over the two thought-provoking days, technology experts and mining decision makers will explore the importance of optimising the interaction between people, processes and technology across the mining value chain.

The conference will facilitate networking and collaboration, delivering quick-fire tech-talk sessions, ensuring the latest innovations are showcased to key decision makers.

The sessions will discuss the topics of harnessing intelligence, intelligently optimising operations, water and tailings, creating a zero-impact future, the power of data, energy sources, technology advancements underground and optimising connectivity.


The high-calibre speaker line-up features local and international mining and METS experts including keynote speaker, BHP asset president at Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO), Brandon Craig.

He successfully led BHP’s iron ore assets through the COVID-19 impacts of 2020 and into 2021, with the business achieving record half-year production.

The Austmine 2021 speakers are listed below:

• Johann Reps, Alcoa

• Anthony Murfett, Australia Space Agency

  Brandon Craig, BHP

• Steven Coughlan, Byrnecut Group

• Michelle Ash, Dassault Systemes

• Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Gekko Systems

• David Gray, First Quantum Minerals

• Robert Grant, Fortescue Metals Group

• Amanda Lacaze, Lynas Corporation

  Eduardo Coloma, Maptek

  Adrian Beer, METS Ignited

Courtney Christensen, Newcrest Mining

• Suresh Vadnagra, Newcrest Mining

• Alex Bates, Newmont Australia

• Rob Humphryson, Novo Resources Corp

  Andrew Cole, OZ Minerals

• Penny Stewart, PETRA Data Science

• Andrew Rouse, PYBAR Mining Services

  Matthew Holcz, Rio Tinto

• Javier A. Orellana, Rockwell Automation

• Barry Fitzgerald, Roy Hill Holdings

  David Moult, Yancoal.

Events and exhibits

The Industry Leaders’ dinner and awards provides an opportunity for the community to reconnect and strengthen relationships. The prestigious awards recognise and celebrate the most innovative and successful METS and miners of the year.

Austmine’s Ideas Exchange program will also return to this year’s conference after great success with its initial debut in 2019.

Ideas Exchange provides the opportunity for miners and METS to work with Austmine Innovation Partners to tackle some of the key industry challenges.

For more information, or to register for Austmine 2021, visit

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