Douglas Morrison says Sudbury’s mining sector has two choices: become a creator of change, or be a victim of it. That message had the attention of a packed auditorium at Dynamic Earth for the March 21 meeting of the Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining.
The CEO of the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) explained long overdue major changes in operations are coming fast, but the industry is focusing too much on small areas like replacing machinery and digitization.
What really needs to change is the mindset of how entire mining operations are run. “If we want to make the process more efficient, we have to start at the back, not the front,” Morrison said.
He related why this is important by talking about the start of his mining career in Sudbury in 1981, and they were using technology underground that had been there for almost 30 years.
A year later, mining operations were forced to shut down to allow mines to completely modernize operations. At the time, there was no set date as to when they would re-open. It took about a year for mining to pick up again, but Morrison says the industry is at risk of having this happen again.
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