Mining Feature: Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Metal Mining

Keywords: Automation
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Friday, August 10, 2018

The Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) invites all interested stakeholders to a workshop on Emerging Technologies in Metal Mining: Health and Safety Implications.

Where: University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus (interactive campus map).

When: Sept 10-11, 2018.

Hotel: SpringHill Suites Denver at Anschutz Medical Campus. $154 group rate available here.

The hotel is across the street from the medical campus, within easy walking distance.

This hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.

  • Alternate transportation: Express Limo and Car Service; fee: 50 USD (one way) - reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 50 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 5 USD (one way)

Driving directions to the hotel from Denver International Airport: Pena Blvd to I-70 West via exit to the right. Stay left and merge onto I-225 South exit 282 toward Aurora / Colorado Springs. Exit at US-40/US-287 / Colfax Avenue exit #10. Turn Right onto East Colfax Avenue. Go 0.5 mile and make a U-turn at North Vaughn Street. Hotel is on the right.


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This meeting will focus on emerging health and safety issues associated with the implementation of automation and advanced technology in the U.S. metal mining industry. The meeting is designed to identify to what extent automation and smart technologies will be implemented in metal mining and in what timeframe, to identify the related emerging health & safety concerns, and to identify what gaps exist in occupational health & safety research related to automation and smart technologies. 

Matters to be considered

The agenda will include updates on the state-of-the-art in mining automation and case studies on implementing automation at mine sites. The updates will be followed by panel discussions regarding: 

  • human factors considerations
  • risk management
  • automated haulage
  • sensor technology
  • data analytics

Each panel will seek input and discuss the health and safety implications associated with these various topics, and identify gaps for further study.

Workshop agenda

 September 10, 2018

Krugman Conference space inside Research Complex 2, 12700 E 19th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045



8:00 am – 8:15 am

Welcome and Charge

8:15 am – 8:35 am

Case Study I – State-of-the-Art Surface Autonomous Haulage

8:35 am – 9:05 am

Case Study II – Autonomy and Sensing Underground

9:05 am – 9:35 am

Case Study III – Semi-Autonomous Systems

9:35 am – 10:15 am

Panel Discussion

10:15 am – 10:35 am


10:35 am – Noon

1.    Human Factors Session

Noon – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:25 pm

2.    Sensor Technology Session

2:25 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

3.    Automation/Haulage Session

September 11, 2018

Room 1107, Ed 2 North building, 13120 E 19th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045



8:00 am – 9:20 am

4.    Risk Management Session

9:20 am – 9:40 am


9:40 am – 11:05 am

5.    Data Analytics Session

11:05 am – 11:30 am

H&S Research Gaps Discussion

11:30 am – Noon


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Page last updated: August 10, 2018