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Technology Investment Priorities in Mining in North America, 2015

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Synopsis

This report provides a detailed analysis of investment intentions in 12 areas of technology in the North American mining sector. The analysis is based upon Timetric's survey of 101 mine managers, procurement managers and other key decision-makers, and focuses in particular on mine-management and vehicle-related technologies.

Areas of analysis include:

  • Mining companies' priorities for investments in the coming two years, across 12 mine-site technologies including collision avoidance, fatigue management, real time video training, remote control/machine automation, and fleet management to name a few, with separate analyses for mine-management technologies and vehicle-related technologies.
  • Comparisons of investment intentions across segments, including four commodity groups, mine type and company revenue (as measured by global annual revenues).
  • Comparisons highlighting differences between current and prospective investments across Canada and North America.
  • Specific insight into the potential for autonomous vehicles and expectations for investment over the next ten years.

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Summary

Overall trends in the data revealed:

  • The primary technologies in which respondents plan to increase investments are vehicle-related, specifically collision avoidance, fatigue management, real-time video training, remote control/machine automation, and fleet management.
  • For each of the 12 areas, at least 55% of respondents already have these technologies in place at their sites.
  • 29% of respondents are currently using autonomous vehicles, with a further 6% planning on implementing in less than 2 years.
  • Safety is the leading driver of technology investment, followed by productivity improvements and then cost reduction.

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Scope

The report is based on responses from a survey of 101 senior managers at operating mines in Canada and the US, responsible for the purchase of equipment for plant and mine operations, along with its consumables. This included four different commodity groups and a range of surface and underground mining operations. Respondents were asked to outline their current and future intentions for technology investments across 12 areas, which included mine design, mine survey equipment, scheduling and optimization, equipment health monitoring and machine automation. The report outlines the drivers for these investments and outlines safety, productivity and cost cutting needs as influential in decision-making.

Reasons To Buy

  • Understand what factors most influence technology investment, and how this varies by commodity group, mine type, company size and country.
  • Target the segments with the greatest opportunity for technology products and services.
  • Segment the market according to those fully invested, those partially invested and those not considering investment in each technology.

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Key Highlights

  • The primary technologies in which respondents plan to increase investments are vehicle-related software, which includes collision avoidance, fatigue management, real-time video training, remote control/machine automation, and fleet management.
  • For each of the 12 areas of technology, at least 55% of respondents already have these technologies in place at their sites.
  • Some 29% of respondents are currently using autonomous vehicles, with 6% planning on implementing the vehicles in the next two years.
  • Safety is the leading driver of technology investments, followed by productivity improvements and cost reduction.