Mining Feature: 2020 Meeting of the Automation and Emerging Technologies Partnership

Thursday, October 8, 2020

October 8-9, 2020

Webinar logoThe first meeting of the Mine Automation and Emerging Technologies Health and Safety Partnership was held as a virtual meeting in two half-day sessions on Oct. 8 and 9, 2020.

This meeting provided an opportunity for industry, manufacturers, academia and others who are working on autonomous mobile equipment and associated technologies to discuss the state of the technology, including system development, testing, implementation activities, research findings, health and safety concerns, and regulatory considerations.

Read the meeting minutes here.

Read more about the partnership, its purpose and goals.


Click on presentation title links to view the presented slides in PDF format. Presentation file hosting courtesy of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association website.

Day 1 (Oct. 8, 7:00 – 11:00am Pacific)

Time Activity Speaker
7:00am Welcome and introductions Joel Haight, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Purpose of the partnership Jessica Kogel, NIOSH
7:20am NIOSH's role and research plans Todd Ruff, Lisa Steiner, Dawn Castillo, David Fosbroke, NIOSH
7:40am Trade and labor association statements
8:20am Update on U.S. and international activities in automation
Case studies
  Surface mining Matt Majors, Nevada Gold Mines
  Underground mining
      Hecla Jeff Rosser
Break - 15 min.
    Equipment manufacturer David Edwards, Caterpillar
International activities Robin Burgess-Limerick, Univ. of Queensland
10:20am Update on automation safety standards and guidelines
GMG Andrew Scott
Edge Case Research Victoria Nneji
NIST Adam Norton
10:50am Wrap-up discussion and choose a breakout group Joel Haight

Day 2 (Oct. 9, 7:00 – 11:00am Pacific)

Time Activity Speaker
7:00am MSHA updates on powered haulage safety and collision avoidance technologies Wesley Shumaker, MSHA
7:30am Discuss need for breakout groups and goals Joel Haight
Breakout groups by mine type (Underground – Steve Schafrik, Surface – Jonathan Keyes, Small mines - Libby Pritchard)
8:30am Break
8:45am Summary of breakout groups’ discussion Joel Haight and group leaders
9:45am Discuss health and safety gaps/concerns and the priorities for future research
10:30 Plan for the future of the partnership - next meeting, high priority topics, format Joel Haight and Todd Ruff
Alternate presentation: Why do haul truck fatal accidents keep occurring?* Jennica Bellanca

*Not presented but made available to attendees.

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Page last updated: December 8, 2020