15 March 2019 – Johannesburg: The growing contribution that digital technology is making to mining’s future will once again be under the spotlight at the Second Annual Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) Seminar on 8 and 9 April 2019, hosted by the Wits Mining Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.
According to Prof Fred Cawood, Director of the Wits Mining Institute: “This is much more than a seminar; it is experiencing 21st century mining and will be valuable to everyone interested in how digital mining is applied in the underground environment.”
Attendees will gain first-hand insight into DigiMine’s research agenda, research outcomes and state of the art technological systems for the mining industry.
“Keynote speakers will address how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the mining landscape. The programme will also include presentations on the Wits and Sibanye-Stillwater DigiMine’s research agenda – highlighting past and current research work. There will be a site visit to the Digimine laboratory, and presentations by selected postgraduate research students. Technology partners will also present or demonstrate how their system solutions contribute to digitisation in mining and to DigiMine’s research agenda. The event also bears Wits Attendance or Competence Certification at NQF Level 7,” explained Cawood.
Said Alex Fenn, Technology and Innovation Lead for Sibanye-Stillwater: “We are extremely excited about the seminar as it offers us the opportunity to showcase the work that the DigiMine is doing as well as interesting and value adding technology from the DigiMine’s technology partners. The seminar is an excellent forum for open collaboration between multiple stakeholders on key issues and opportunities in the digital mining space. We look forward to sharing our views on digital mining during the seminar as well as learning from research students and technology partners alike.”
The technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are “truly disruptive”, according to Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum – “upending existing ways of sensing, calculating, organizing, acting and delivering.”
Schwab emphasises how these technologies represent entirely new ways of creating value for organizations and citizens. “They will, over time, transform all systems we take for granted today,” he writes in his book ‘Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Guide to Building a Better World’.
No less so in the world of mining, concurs Professor Fred Cawood.
The seminar will take place at the Chamber of Mines Building at the University of the Witwatersrand, at a cost of R6, 000.00, including VAT. For more information, or to book your place, please contact Eunice Sediti on +27 (11) 717-1188 or email Eunice.Sediti@wits.ac.za.
About the Wits Mining Institute (WMI)
The WMI is located at Wits University, a leading research-intensive university in Africa. The WMI boasts expertise in mining-related fields of study, dedicated to help forge a 21st century model of mining that is both sustainable and competitive. The future role of mining in the social economy depends heavily on innovation in every associated dimension. This includes: extractive technologies; the full range of up-stream and down-stream economic linkages; the distribution of socio-economic benefits; health and safety; environmental externalities; and post-mining economic sustainability. It will also require an enabling environment for the industry’s future. The primary focus of WMI is relevant, high-quality research that addresses multi-disciplinary and complex questions. The institute seeks to influence the world through generating new knowledge, influencing policy, building strategic partnerships and leading society. Visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/wmi/
Sibanye-Stillwater is an independent, global precious metal mining group, producing a unique mix of metals that includes gold and the platinum group metals (PGMs). Domiciled in South Africa, Sibanye-Stillwater owns and operates a portfolio of high-quality operations and projects, which are grouped by region: the Southern Africa region and the United States region. Globally, Sibanye-Stillwater is the third largest producer of palladium and platinum and features among the world’s largest gold producing companies.Visit https://www.sibanyesti
About the Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine)
DigiMine is a one-of-a-kind facility in which the Chamber of Mines building on Wits University’s West Campus has been converted into a simulated mining operation. Facilities include a mine surface (on the flat roof of the building), a vertical shaft (using a stairwell in the fourth quadrant of the building) and a mock underground mine with control room in the basement. DigiMine is equipped with digital systems to enable research for the mine of the future. Our research agenda is to transfer surface digital technologies into the underground environment, enabling a mine to automatically observe, evaluate and take action. The ultimate objective is to use technology to put distance between mine workers and the typical risks they are exposed to on a daily basis. Visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/wmi/digimine/