Top 10 mining innovations

Dale Benton
|Nov 30|magazine2 min read

10. Centralized Site Automation

Much like urban planning, a mining site requires intelligent movement of workers, equipment, and excavated materials to maximize efficiency while cutting down on waste. Until now, that endeavor usually resembled a cobbled-together series of systems and several individuals at the controls of each. Full site automation is closer than ever before, incorporating other innovations mentioned above, such as heavy rail transport and tunnel boring. When algorithms can be immediately implemented across all aspects of a job site, costs are driven down to levels that maximize profitable enterprise without sacrificing worker comfort or safety - and that's potentially the best mining innovation in the industry in 2017 and beyond.