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Sudbury conference to study how mining is adapting to change

Mine Operators and Maintenance Engineers conference takes place Sept. 18-21
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Two Epiroc technicians inspecting parts of a battery electric rock bolting machine. Epiroc will be one of the participants in the Sudbury CIM MeMO mining conference in September.

Sudbury is hosting the Mine Operators and Maintenance Engineers conference, which is slated to take place Sept.18 to 21 at Science North, to look at ways to do mining better.

The event is sponsored by the Sudbury branch of CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum), and over the course of three days the participants will explore current challenges in mining operations, maintenance, engineering and reliability. 

The conference will also share insights on how mining is adapting to change and improving through the use of cutting-edge new technologies and innovation.

Organizers said the event will zero in "on the interaction between the business of mining and the challenge of adaptability." The event will include a list of speakers and industry experts to comment on new realities affecting the mining industry, said a news release.  The conference website contains a list of events, experts and speakers.

Some of the speakers will focus on achieving net zero emissions, also on how the mining industry needs to work with climate change and the upskilling that will be required as mining moves more into the electric era. 

Other sessions will discuss the future of work and learning in mining, engaging and recruiting a more diverse workforce with disability inclusive hiring, and discussion on the impact of real-time feedback when using a wearable fatigue detection device among mobile operators in an open-pit mine.

Another part of the event will be a tradeshow happening in the main entrance area and atrium at Science North. Already, more than 40 exhibitors, including mining manufacturers and technical service providers, have signed up for the tradeshow.

Participants will also be offered field trips to see local facilities. One trip will allow delegates to explore Glencore’s world-class Nickel Rim South Underground Mine, a relatively new and modern mine that has been producing nickel, copper, and precious metals ores since 2010.

The other field trip will take delegates to NORCAT’s innovative facilities, underground mine, and training centre. 

NORCAT works closely with mining companies, mining supply and service organizations, academic institutions, and government partners to develop and deliver customized programs to meet the evolving skills development needs of workers, said the CIM news release. 

The MeMO 2022 conference is organized by the Surface Mining Society, the Underground Mining Society and the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society of the CIM, along with a volunteer committee and members of the CIM Sudbury branch.