“Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are truly disruptive - they upend existing ways of sensing, calculating, organizing, acting and delivering. They represent entirely new ways of creating value for organizations and citizens. They will, over time, transform all systems we take for granted today - from the way we produce and transport goods and services, to the way we communicate, the way we collaborate and the way we experience the world around us.”
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum in Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Guide to Building a Better World, Penguin Random House UK, 2018.
The Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand will host its second seminar showcasing DigiMine’s research and partner solutions on 8 and 9 April 2019.
Following the success of 2018, this is set to become an annual event. The WMI is proud to announce that the 2019 event bears Wits Attendance or Competence Certification at NQF Level 7.
The seminar is for everyone interested in digital mining as applied to the underground mining environment. The attendees will gain first-hand insight into DigiMine's research agenda, research outcomes and state of the art technological systems for the mining industry. It much more than a conference - it is experiencing 21st century mining!
The WMI is a platform of long-established expertise in mining-related fields of study, dedicated to expedite the emergence of a 21st Century model of mining that is both sustainable and competitive. The future role of mining in the social economy depends heavily on innovation in every associated dimension. This includes extractive technologies, the full range of up-side and down-stream economic linkages, the distribution of socio-economic benefits, health and safety, environmental externalities and post-mining economic sustainability, while also establishing an enabling environment for the industry’s future. The primary focus of WMI is applicable research of the highest quality addressing multi-disciplinary and complex questions. The WMI seeks to influence the world through generating new knowledge, influencing policy, building strategic partnerships and leading society.
DigiMine is a one-of-a-kind facility in which the Chamber of Mines building on West Campus has been converted into a simulated mining operation, complete with a mine surface (using the flat roof of the building), a vertical shaft (using a stairwell in the fourth quadrant of the building) and a mock underground mine with control room in the basement.
DigiMine is equipped with digital systems to enable research for the mine of the future; our research agenda is to transfer surface digital technologies into the underground environment, enabling a mine to automatically observe, evaluate and take action. The ultimate objective is to use technology to put distance between mine workers and the typical risks they are exposed to on a daily basis. Visit https://www.wits.ac.za/wmi/