CSIRO ?roadmap? to drive mining opportunities

The new roadmap, titled the Mining Equipment Technology and Services Roadmap, was the third in a series of strategic plans produced by CSIRO Futures, the organisation’s strategic advisory and foresight division. It was also developed in collaboration with the METS Ignited Industry Growth Centre.

In addition, CSIRO has collaborated with METS Ignited on the METS sector competitiveness plan – a complementary piece of work that outlines the strategic foundations for success for the next decade.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said the roadmap was a great example of the CSIRO’s Strategy 2020 Customer First Work, which aims to align the organisation’s science to Australia’s needs.

"In a sense we use science to anticipate the future and help us navigate to a better outcome,” Marshall said.

"METS is an important Australian sector and a global leader, but it can't rely on past successes in a rapidly changing global landscape.

"The sector must continue to innovate and take advantage of enabling technologies and new business models which are causing disruption across industries."

Five key opportunities

The CSIRO roadmap identified five key opportunities to support the continued success of the METS sector:

1. Initiate data-driven mining decisions.
2. Promote social and environmental sustainability.
3. Develop technology for undercover exploration.
4. Bolster advanced extraction.
5. Promote mining automation and robotics.

Underpinning the success of each of these opportunities is a raft of new technology developments, as well as critical changes to people, skills, culture, collaboration, processes and business models.

"Mining productivity is increasingly dependent on integrating specialist technologies such as real time sensors, mineral analysers and complex data, and the METS sector is vital in shaping mining’s future," CSIRO Mineral Resources director Jonathan Law said.

"Collaboration will be key to success, which is why we're working with METS and mining companies, as well as organisations such as METS Ignited and Austmine to develop and accelerate the commercialisation of new advanced technologies.

"Innovation is providing METS companies with competitive export opportunities, while delivering benefits to Australia's mining industry and the nation's economy."

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