Collaboration Showcase: Delivering Autonomous Operations

Join Austmine and our guest speakers on Wednesday 29th September for the second webinar in our Collaboration Showcase series on Delivering Autonomous Operations.


This webinar will explore some key initiatives and major projects driving mine autonomy forward and delivering safer and more productive mines. Topics discussed include technology roadmaps, training and re-skilling the workforce for autonomous technologies and optimising autonomy from pit to port.


Queensland Future Skills Partnership (QFS)
Taryn Hughes, Manager, Program Management Office – QFS, TAFE QLD
Peter Heilbuth, Deputy VP, VET, CQUniversity Australia

The Queensland Future Skills (QFS) Partnership is led by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and includes TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity as education partners. The partnership is designed to fund and facilitate the fast-tracked development and delivery of automated technology pathways, skill sets and qualifications in open-cut mining operations in Queensland.

The QFS Partnership developed a Qualification Framework customised to the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services industry including, ten microcredentials, twelve skillsets and new Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies.

Roy Hill Autonomous Haulage Trucks Project
Roy Hill, Epiroc, ASI

Roy Hill is a world-class, iron-ore mining operation based in Western Australia, representing the next generation of integrated iron ore mining, rail and port projects.

In March 2020, Roy Hill joined forces with leading global mining equipment and services provider Epiroc and automation specialist ASI Mining to convert Roy Hill’s mixed fleet of 77 haul trucks from manned to autonomous use. The project is the biggest OEM independent AHS deployment globally and showcases how open-platform, interoperable solutions will create the foundation of an autonomous ecosystem that supports automation of other mining equipment, as well as the ability to integrate with existing and future Roy Hill systems.

With multiple suppliers involved, establishing a collaborative, partnership-based approach is seen as a key enabler of setting everyone up for success in this game changing project.

Bulk Carrier Vessel Tracking Automation
Jochen Franke, CEO, Frontier Automation
Wayne Russell, Electrical Manager, Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure

Frontier Automation originally developed a real-time 3D machine vision-based port automation system described in 2018-19 for the BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Hay Point port in Queensland. It has seen deployment at other major mining and general ports in Australia, including at Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure (DBI) where is has been used for:

  • Docking Aid
  • Port traffic control on site and at remote operations centres
  • Vessel loading safety control for traditional bulk carriers and for iron ore trans-shipment from other vessels
  • Vessel breaking mooring safeguard
  • Port/berth infrastructure safeguard


This webinar is free to attend. You must be logged in to the Austmine portal to register. Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Austmine Collaboration Showcase Series:

This webinar series highlights the key projects, major initiatives and technology developments that are driving mining industry innovation and sustainability through partnerships and collaboration. Sessions explore how mining companies, METS businesses, researchers and educational institutes are combining their expertise in areas such as digital transformation, sustainability, maintenance, safety, underground mining and more.

Register for other webinars in the series below:

22/09 – Empowering People Through Technology
29/09 – Delivering Autonomous Operations
20/10 – Safe & Productive Underground Mining
3/11 – Transformation Through Partnerships 
17/11 – Sustainability & Circular Economy 
1/12 – Maintenance & Asset Health
For more information about the series contact [email protected].

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29/09/2021 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time