The development of this new roadmap led by the Mining Council, Fundación Chile and Alta Ley Corporation, seeks to generate a vision shared by the industry regarding how to tackle the challenges of digitization.

With the participation of more than 100 representatives of the mining industry, the Mining Council, Fundación Chile and Alta Ley Corporation, the round of workshops was successfully completed, leading to the construction of the Roadmap: Technological Innovation for Mining 4.0, which seeks to guide and identify those areas where new technologies can add more value in the next 15 years.

These three days, which took place between December 16th 2019, and January 22nd 2020, aimed to collect key information from the different participating actors to co-design a shared vision, identifying areas of action, challenges and solutions with emphasis on the implementation of 4.0 technologies, in addition to their prioritization and interconnection.

In this line, and for the roadmap’s construction, three tractioning nuclei were defined: integrated and intelligent mining, green mining and safe mining, in addition to four enabling nuclei: digitization, cybersecurity, human capital development and social license to innovate, that represent the backbone of the roadmap with a view to projecting a more sustainable industry through the incorporation of 4.0 technologies.

For Carlos Urenda, general manager of the Mining Council, “technology has been and continues to be a key instrument in solving operational problems and improving productivity in mining. In recent years, it has also acquired critical relevance as a catalyst for overcoming sectoral sustainability challenges. The potential of industry’s 4.0 technologies to make projects and operations increasingly friendly with care for the environment and good coexistence with the surrounding communities, is generating a unique opportunity for the development of mining and the countries that take part in it. In preparing this Roadmap we have placed a special focus on the need and opportunity to continue advancing along this line of sustainability ”.

Andrés Mitnik, director of Business Development in Mining at Fundación Chile, added that “this exercise has been an example of collaboration to accelerate the capture of value from mining associated with the incorporation of industry 4.0 technologies. Generating a shared vision of its opportunities and challenges is a key input to design the technological strategy of each operation and to define public-private work areas that address gaps at the industry level such as human capital and cybersecurity. ”

From the industry, BHP’s Head of Commercial, Cleve Lightfoot, also pointed out that “in the last workshops we have generated a lot of data through challenges and solutions, which have served to enrich our understanding. However, the conversations, beyond the technologies and challenges, must revolve around how we are going to face the asymmetry of knowledge between the different actors in our ecosystem. ”

It should be noted that the development of this new Road Map, which has the technical expertise of the Interop program team, is carried out under the umbrella of the Technological Roadmap 2015-2035 of the Alta Ley National Mining Program, and is a complementary tool in terms of how it deals with the opportunities that new technologies represent for the development of Chilean mining.

Fernando Lucchini, executive president of Alta Ley Corporation, indicated that “like any roadmap generation exercise, this has been a collaborative, inclusive and a consensus-building effort in the ecosystem. Like so, this new roadmap will act as a beacon for the industry on its way to the necessary technological transition, including not only the direct challenges of digitization, such as those of digital infrastructure, ecosystem integration and data management, but also those associated with the preparation of human capital and the necessary regulations for this transition”.

After the workshops, the Roadmap enters a stage of analysis and development for its subsequent publication during the first semester of 2020.