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Global Mine-Site Technology Adoption Survey, 2019

  • ID: 4898138
  • Report
  • December 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 49 pages
  • GlobalData
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Global Mine-Site Technology Adoption Survey, 2019

Summary

The “Global Mine-Site Technology Adoption Survey, 2019” analyses the results of interviews with key personnel at 179 operating mines across the globe. The survey examines trends in uptake of 12 technologies at the mine site, spanning mine management software, mine planning software, predictive maintenance, drones, mine communication systems, wearables, remote control vehicles, autonomous vehicles and more. The report also identifies intentions to invest in the next two years, and compares results by region, mine type and company type, and with similar surveys in 2016 and 2018.

As mining companies seek to improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance safety, they are increasingly investing in new tools and technologies, from predictive maintenance to drones and 3D printing.

This report analyses the results of a survey of mines sites, examining the adoption of 12 different technologies, and follows a similar survey conducted in late 2018. In total 179 mine sites were interviewed across the globe during October and November 2019.

The results showed an increasing level of adoption of these technologies, in particular drones and mine communication systems, as miners seek to increase the quantity of data available and speed of gathering and sharing information across a site.

In terms of the degree to which the respondents’ mines had invested in new technologies, the most widely adopted of those investigated were mine planning software, mine management software, mine communication systems and predictive maintenance.

Expectations of investment over the next two years were highest for mine communication systems, drones and predictive maintenance for mobile equipment.

Contrasting the majors, such as Glencore and Anglo American, versus the non-majors, the former were more likely to have invested in these technologies compared to the smaller miners. However, the gap has narrowed since the precious survey and, whilst the majors are still well ahead in terms of the degree of investment in mining software and predictive maintenance, a significant share of non-majors are planning investment in these areas, which would be expected to close the gap within the next two years.

Australasian mines had, on average, the highest penetration of technologies, especially drones and the safety-related technologies (fatigue detection, collision avoidance and wearables). They also had marginally higher expectations overall in terms of investment across all technologies.

Overall, surface and underground mines had similar degrees of investment, the main differences being greater investment in remote control and autonomous vehicles in underground mines, while there was marginally higher use of drones and wearable technology at surface mines.

Scope
  • The survey extended to mines across all regions, all mine types and a wide range of commodities, including iron ore, coal, base metals and precious metals. The survey was conducted between October and November 2019.
  • Analysis of the results is provided by region, by mine type and by company type, relating the responses from majors with the mid-size and smaller miners.
Reasons to buy
  • Assess the current adoption rates for each of 12 key technologies and compare take-up rates with the 2018 survey
  • Compare adoption by mine type, region and company type
  • Assess the potential for future investment by technology, both new investment and further investment.
  • Analyse potential investment rates by region, mine type and company type
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  • Survey Scope & Methodology
  • ExecutiveSummary
  • GlobalOverview
  • Regional Summaries
  • TechnologySummaries
  • Appendix
List of Figures
Figure 1. Relative penetration of technologies by region and mine type
Figure 2. Expectation for investment in the next two years, by region and mine type
Figure 3. Global investment and adoption by technology
Figure 4. Global investment intentions by technology
Figure 5. Current investment vs. intentions, global
Figure 6. Regional comparison of technology adoption
Figure 7. Change in penetration of selected technologies over time, 2016-2019
Figure 8. Regional comparison of investment intentions
Figure 9. Comparison of technology investment by mine type
Figure 10. Comparison of investment intentions by mine type
Figure 11. Comparison of technology investment by company type
Figure 12. Comparison of investment intentions by company type
Figure 13. Technology adoption in Africa
Figure 14. Investment intentions in Africa
Figure 15. Technology adoption in the Americas
Figure 16. Investment intentions in the Americas
Figure 17. Technology adoption in Asia
Figure 18. Investment intentions in Asia
Figure 19. Technology adoption in Australasia
Figure 20. Investment intentions in Australasia
Figure 21. Technology adoption in Europe & the Middle East
Figure 22. Investment intentions in Europe & the Middle East
Figure 23. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Mine communication systems
Figure 24. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Drones
Figure 25. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Predictive maintenance for mobile equipment
Figure 26. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Predictive maintenance for plant
Figure 27. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Collision avoidance
Figure 28. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Fatigue detection
Figure 29. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Mine planning software
Figure 30. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Mine management software
Figure 31. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Autonomous vehicles
Figure 32. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Remote control vehicles
Figure 33. Technology adoption and investment intentions - 3D printing
Figure 34. Technology adoption and investment intentions - Wearable technology
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