Global Mine-Site Technology Adoption Survey, 2019

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.

Key Highlights

• 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.

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

Table of Contents

1.0 Scope of Research & Methodology

2.0 Executive Summary

3.0 Global Overview

4.0 Regional Summaries

4.1 Africa

4.2 Americas

4.3 Asia

4.4 Australasia

4.5 Europe & Middle East

5.0 Technology Summaries

5.1 Mine communication systems

5.2 Drones

5.3 Predictive maintenance for mobile equipment

5.4 Predictive maintenance for plant

5.5 Collision avoidance

5.6 Fatigue detection

5.7 Mine planning software

5.8 Mine management software

5.9 Autonomous vehicles

5.10 Remote control vehicles

5.11 3D printing

5.12 Wearable technology

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

    Pricing

Discounts available for multiple report purchases.

reportstore@globaldata.com
+44 (0) 161 359 5813

Join our mailing list

Saved reports