Future of Mining Perth

Interactive Sessions

17th June 2024

Room: Hamersley South

11:10 - 12:10 Workshop: Alternative uses of tailings and waste in WA

Alternative approaches to the handling and reprocessing of mine tailings and waste from a circular economy perspective are gaining significant traction in modern mine management thinking. While offering potential pathways to reducing environmental impact and increasing revenue streams, this concept requires reimagining important aspects of how we plan, operate, and regulate the mining process. THe workshop will take you through an exploration of current and evolving thought on circular economy approaches to tailings and waste in the WA mining sector.

Workshop topics will include:


  • Pain points and perceived opportunity in alternative approaches to mine waste;
  • Alignment of participant thinking against wider industry, government and research community viewpoints unearthed in a recent MRIWA stakeholder engagement exercise, and;
  • Mapping of a research framework and future capability landscape to enable and support circular economy thinking in mine waste management.


Geoffrey Batt, Research Portfolio Manager, Minerals Research Institute of WA


Bonnie Morley, Policy and Project Officer, Mineral Research Institute of WA

13:30 - 15:30: Workshop: Common mistakes in valuing mineral assets and the costs of getting it wrong

  • Which are the common mistakes in valuing mineral assets and costs? 
  • Why do they cause problems, and why should people care about doing it right?
  • A close look at DCF NPV
  • Calculating an appropriate discount rate
  • Approaches (Cost, Market and Income) and methodologies (numerous) that can be considered when valuing mineral properties
  • An introduction to Levelised Costs



Prof Eric Lilford, Head of the Minerals and Energy Economics, WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering Faculty, Curtin University 

15:40 - 16:40 Workshop: Direct lithium extraction 

Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) is garnering attention for its game changing potential in lithium mining, yet uncertainties persist regarding its market disruption. Reports suggest that adopting DLE technologies could notably enhance lithium supply from brine projects, resulting in increased production, improved project returns, and added ESG and sustainability benefits. This workshop aims to 


  • Impartially explore DLE.
  • Exploring its innovations, environmental footprints, OPEX and CAPEX.
  • Challenges, and opportunities within the lithium sector.



Prof. Amir Razmjou, Leader of Mineral Recovery Research Centre (MRRC), School of Engineering,  Edith Cowan University 

18th June 2024

Room: Hamersley South

11:00 - 13:00 Workshop: Strategies to tackle ongoing skills shortages in mining

  • Emerging trends and skills needs shaping the future workforce
  • How the education system (VET and Higher Education) are meeting current needs (or what gaps there are) and what will be needed to meet future skills needs
  • Current workforce attraction and retention challenges
  • How is the industry tackling these workforce attraction and retention challenges (what’s working well?)



Jan-Henrik Norberger, Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance

17 June 2024

Room: Hamersley South

12:20 - 13:20 Masterclass: Towards a mining metaverse

Access to persistent computer-generated virtual worlds may provide a powerful tool for conceptualising the mining cycle and managing the domains of exploration, feasibility, planning, design, construction, operations, rehabilitation, decommissioning and closure. Each domain presents a significant challenge to mine operations. Realisation of persistent virtual worlds that can be accessed by many simultaneously may be possible by leveraging Metaverse technologies to produce an ‘always on’ Mining Metaverse based on International Standards and industry collaboration. The realisation of a Mining Metaverse is a complex task because the Metaverse itself has many components and domains that must be managed effectively for it to be sustainable. This article introduces the complexity of the Metaverse components as a taxonomy and was inspired from collaborative work completed by the Standards Australia IT-031 Modelling and Simulation Committee and International Standards Organisation ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 24 Committee. It is intended as a starting point for the mining industry towards understanding what the Mining Metaverse may be, and effectively embracing and managing this complex emerging technology in the future.



Dr Phillip Stothard, Senior Lecturer,  WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University 

17 June 2024

Room: Hamersley South

10:00 - 11:00 - Roundtable: Powering innovation for today and tomorrow, enabling the future of mining through digital transformation


  • Driving data centricity to allow real-time information to flow within and between sites - driving seamless data, connected strategy for future mines
  • Unlock productivity, safety & sustainability through technological change - integration with internal & external ecosystem
  • Incorporating cyber security resilience from the ground up  

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Graham Allan, Head of Solutions, Orange Business

Jamie Pryer, Business Development Lead, Orange Business