Mining of Mineral Deposits

ISSN 2415-3443 (Online)

ISSN 2415-3435 (Print)

Flag Counter

Impact of new technologies in hard rock underground mining taking into account operational efficiencies and production rates

V. Dhookie1

1Business Development, IBM, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa

Min. miner. depos. 2016, 10(4):56-60

Full text (PDF)


      Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the impact that new technology will have and a few of the key areas to be addressed that will ensure a successful and sustained adoption of new technologies within mining organizations.

      Methods. Analysis and the practical experience of implementing technology to enable organization wide transformations across multiple industries.

      Findings. Five key areas will need to be taken into account in driving to improved levels of production rates, greater operational efficiencies and higher health and safety levels namely technology, mechanization, people, equipment and economic sustainability.

      Originality.Ensuring that all five areas are addressed holistically and no one area in isolation will result in improved production levels and efficiencies and ultimately the achievement of autonomous mining.

      Practical implications.There will have to be a significant organisational culture transformation within mining organisations and the ability to foster a culture of learning is going to be critical to the successful adoption of new technology in mining and the subsequent improvements in operational efficiencies and production rates that will result.

      Keywords: digital, autonomous, mechanization, sustainability, technology, ecosystem


Chew, W.B., Leonard-Barton, D., & Bohn, R.E. (1991). Beating Murphy’s Law. Cambridge: MIT Sloan Management Review.

Doane, D., & MacGillivray, A. (2001). Economic Sustainability – the Business of Staying in Business. London: New Economic Foundation.

Examining the Internet of Things and its impact on the mining industry in 2016. (2016). Mining Global.

Fourie, F., Valicek, P., Krafft, G., & Sevenoaks, J. (2014). Narrow Reef Mechanized Mining Layout at Anglo American Platinum. In 6th International Platinum Conference “Platinum – Metal for the Future” (pp. 261-279). Johannesburg: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Lala, A., Moyo, M., Rehbach, S., & Sellschop, R. (2015). Productivity in Mining Operations: Reversing the Downward Trend. New York: Mckinsey & Company.

Scott, A. (1998). Implementing and Managing New Technologies in Mining. Mount Isa: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Vogt, D., & Hattingh, T. (2016). The Importance of People in the Process of Converting a Narrow Tabular Hard-Rock Mine to Mechanization. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 116(3), 265-274.

Zadek, S., & Tuppen, C. (2000). Adding Values – the Economics of Sustainable Business. London: Britisch Telecom Occasional Papers.

Лицензия Creative Commons