Past Event – Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow – Brisbane

4th October 2017, 9am-6:30pm

08:30: Registration

09:00: Opening Address
Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine

09:10: Next Generation Mining: Driving Step Change Through Technology (joint presentation)
Frans Knox, Head of Production – Mining, BHP Billiton BMA
Brendan Klasen, Head of Technology, BHP Billiton BMA

09:40: Championing Innovative Mining - New Hope Group's GRT System
Danique Bax, Senior Database and Modelling Geologist, New Hope Group

10:10: Creating Trust, Commitment and Sustainable Operational and Safety Results
Paul Moynagh, Co-Founder and CEO, Commit Works

10:30: Morning Tea & Coffee Networking Session

11:00: Facilitated Round Table Discussions – During this session each group will discuss strategies, concepts, technologies and ideas on their chosen subject. The aim for this session is to be a strategic conversation about what might be possible in the future for growth. 

  • Building innovation into the mining value chain. Facilitated by Ian Dover, General Manager, METS Ignited
  • Creating innovative business models and partnerships. Facilitated by Anthony Holzwart, Business Facilitator, Austmine
  • Creating strategies for people and culture to implement innovation. Facilitated by Joe Ippolito, Business Advisor, Austmine
  • Digital innovation and the potential for delivering IoT 
  • Workforce diversity leading innovation – Facilitated by Peita Duffy, Commercial Manager, Hastings Deering
  • Borrowing from different industries to create innovation in mining. Facilitated by Mark Read, Austmine Director

12:30: Networking Lunch

13:30: The Modern Mine: Innovation Technologies in Open Cut Coal Mining
Gregory Kukla, General Manager – Project Development, Australian Pacific Coal

14:00: The Digital Mine: Implementing Practical Innovation
Karl Roes, Asset Management Advisor, Glencore Copper

14:30: Digital Transformation in Mining: Challenges, Innovation Ecosystems and Cyber-security
Rafael Estrada Hora, Chief Information Officer, Antamina Mining Company

15:00: Afternoon Tea & Coffee Networking Session

15:30: Panel Session: Leadership in Mining Innovation
Moderated by Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine
Penny Stewart, Principal, PETRA Data Science, Peter Rubie, Chief Engineer and Director, RME Group Holdings, Jacqui Coombes, GM Innovation, METS Ignited

16:15: Innovation in People: The Biggest Industry Lever?
Gustavo Gomes, Group General Manager – Australasian Operations, MMG

16:45: Closing Remarks
Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine

17:00: Networking Drinks



With special thanks to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.  If you are interested in sponsoring the Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow please contact

Gold Sponsors


GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.

  Commit Works
OUT PLAN UNCERTAINTY WITH OUR COMMITMENT SYSTEMS CommitWorks (formerly known as Fewzion) makes powerfully simple software that helps blue collar workforces manage their frontline processes, people and equipment to get control and improve results. Until recently the closer you got to the 'coal face' the worse the management tools got. is changing this with three tools Frontline Planning and Scheduling (Fewzion) A single, integrated plan gets everyone on the same page. Fewzion helps create organised, engaged and productive work forces. It makes it quick for planners to build a well thought out plan, simple for supervisors and crews to be involved in the plan and easy for managers to understand and improve performance. Short Interval Control (Fewzion) Fewzion’s “actuals” app puts the plan squarely in the hands of the supervisor via a tablet or on their phone. Doing Short Interval Control with Fewzion means frontline leaders are more aware of how their process is performing against the plan and can act to address issues before they become waste. Visual Operations (Visual Ops) Our Visual Ops system has been developed to report identified hazards in real time and real space. Using specially designed software users can create hazard alerts on smart devices in the field and immediately risk rate and pin drop their location on a base map of your operation. This is then displayed on smart devices or large screens in public pre-start or crib rooms so all workers can see and zoom in to the hazards in their work area. We work with partner consultancies to make it easy for operations to integrate our products into the way their clients do business. Contact us if your consulting practice is interested in our products. Including Fewzion or Visual Ops on your next project will help organizations quickly achieve massive, sustained performance improvements by increasing productivity, coordination and safety in any project or work place.

Copper Sponsors

  PETRA Data Science - 

PETRA combines the domain expertise of engineers with the power of data science to turn resource industry data into real-time predictions and optimisations. Our industry leading case studies demonstrate how our machine learning algorithms and big data value chain optimisations are delivering value at mine sites across the world.   Our transdisciplinary team of engineers, mathematicians and programmers sole purpose is to engineer data science solutions for the resources industry.   We focus on three key value generators: Big data value chain optimisation (e.g. mine to mill), downtime prediction algorithms and machine learning AI. Our solutions are all platform agnostic. This means they can be deployed via any open cloud service/platform (e.g. Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure or GE), or using existing process control and data visualisation systems/servers.

The Simulation Group

The Simulation Group is a world-leading advanced analytics and dynamic simulation advisory working globally and based in Australia.  With a rich history within the mining sector, we have supported over $80B of value improvements for our mining clients; Including capital and productivity initiatives, across the entire value chain.  Working with our clients, we focus on quantifying the complexity in their systems, so that they can make decisions about their future with certainty.



Austmine is pleased to welcome the below speakers to our Mining Innovation Roadshow. Each of our speakers will be addressing or demonstrating how they are utilising innovation through technology and processes to create value for not only their company but for our industry.