Authors: Flores-Gonzalez, G

Open access courtesy of:

This paper is hosted with the kind permission of the Universidad de Chile, Eighth International Conference & Exhibition on Mass Mining, 2020.


Cite As:
Flores-Gonzalez, G 2020, 'Digital transformation in cave mining', in R Castro, F Báez & K Suzuki (eds), MassMin 2020: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference & Exhibition on Mass Mining, University of Chile, Santiago, pp. 10-22,

Download citation as:   ris   bibtex   endnote   text   Zotero

Globally, safety and productivity are still the main concerns in the mining industry, particularly in operations using caving mining methods. Digital transformation is an approach to run the mining business more safely, profitably and sustainably. However, there are still several issues that are preventing the effective integration across the whole caving process. Digital transformation is the ability to “think and do” the cave mining business differently. The digital era enables not only having a connected mine to make quicker and better decisions to improve safety, productivity and profitability but also influences the organisations to make a transition from a reactive to a proactive, industrialised management approach. This would enable a more informed understanding and therefore increased control of the caving processes. In practice, this transformation will require the caving industry to move from a traditional, experience based, segmented operating model to an agile, integrated, dynamic, business value driven model, fostering a modern digital culture to ensure sustainable cave mining into the future. This paper, written to supplement a keynote address by the author, discusses how digital technologies will help cave mining change the way of doing business to reach new levels of performance across the caving process, particularly in more challenging mining conditions.

Accenture & Avanade 2015, ‘Connected Mine - Optimizing operations at the mine’, available from: <>, [4 November 2019].
Catalan, A 2015, ‘Implementation and assessment of intensive preconditioning for cave mining applications’, PhD Thesis,University of Queensland: Sustainable Minerals Institute, Brisbane.
Deloitte 2018a, ‘From here to where? The Mining Matrix’, available from: < >. [10 September 2019)
Deloitte 2018b, ‘Beyond HR: Rethinking work and operations in the mining industry’, available from: <>. [12 October 2019].
Deloitte 2017, ‘The digital revolution: mining starts to reinvent the future’, available from: <>. [4 December 2019].
Ernst & Young, 2018, ‘Is riding the digital wave key to wiping out your competition?’ available from: , [10 December 2019].
Ernst & Young, 2017, ’Tomorrow’s mine How digital can shape the future?’, available from: $File/EY-tomorrows-mine.pdf, [10 August 2019].
Flores, G 2019, ‘Major hazards associated with cave mining: are they manageable?’: Proceedings of Mining Geomechanical Risk 2019, ed. J. Wesseloo, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp 31-46.
Geraghty, R 2016, ‘Mining’s next performance horizon: Capturing productivity gains from innovation’, Proceedings of IMARC 3rd International Mining and Resources Conference, Presentation Document, Melbourne.
McKinsey&Company 2015, ‘How digital innovation can improve mining productivity’, available from: <>. [20 November 2019].
Rojas, E & Balboa, S 2017, ‘Management of seismic hazard in high stress condition, El Teniente mine’: Proceedings of Rasim 9 Conference, ed. J. Vallejos, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, pp. 264-273.
Rojas, E & Landeros, P 2017, ‘Hydraulic fracturing applied to tunnel development at El Teniente mine’: Proceedings of Rasim 9 Conference, ed. J. Vallejos, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, pp 236-242.
Sirinanda, K 2019, ‘Skills needed for digital mines’, available from: <>. [10 January 2020].
Stock, T & Seliger, G 2016,’Opportunities of Sustainable Manufacturing in Industry 4.0’, Procedia CIRP, vol. 20, pp. 536-541.Yeates, G 2017, ‘The mining industry disrupted’, available from: [12 October 2019].
Yeates, G 2016, ‘Digital Transformation in the mining industry’, available from [13 November 2019].

© Copyright 2022, Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG), The University of Western Australia. All rights reserved.
Please direct any queries or error reports to