Automation or Not?

Author(s): 
Chris Elliott
Date: 
Friday, April 8, 2016
First presented: 
Cave Mining Forum - Workshop Series I
Type: 
Presentation
Category: 
Mining

This presentation summarizes a talk given during the inaugural workshop of the Cave Mining Forum.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of automation in the mining industry; in particular, its application to cave mining. Mine automation becomes more popular as it improves safety and eases fleet utilization and production rates. It can also reduce maintenance and operating costs. However, the implementation of mine automation requires full analysis of its suitability for each individual case.

Feature Author

Chris Elliott

Chris has 25 years of experience in the mining industry, including 12 in consulting and 13 in operations. He specializes in technical studies, due diligence, and operational assistance.

He has managed and contributed to numerous due diligence reviews, including for the Gahcho Kue, Brucejack, Silvertip, Eagle’s Nest, and Soledad Mountain projects and for clients such as Nevsun Resources, SilverCrest, and Silver Standard.

He has conducted several large, multidisciplinary technical studies, including the Kemess underground feasibility study for AuRico Metals, Magistral pre-feasibility study for Inca Pacific, Silangan gold project for Philex Mining, Pascua Lama NI 43-101 technical report for Silver Wheaton, Carrapateena scoping study for Teck Resources, and various underground studies for Kumtor Gold Company.

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