Jesús Herrera
View from the Top
Jesús Herrera
Director General
Detector Exploraciones
Detector Exploraciones is a Mexican company founded in 1997. It provides geology, geomatics and other exploration services to both mining companies…
Jesús Herrera
View from the Top
Jesús Herrera
Director General
Detector Exploraciones
Detector Exploraciones is a Mexican company founded in 1997 that provides geology, geomatics and other exploration services
Godfrey-Walton
Roundtable
Godfrey-Walton
Godfrey Walton
President and COO of Endeavour Silver

We are going through the process of making our mines more efficient and productive. We started in Guanaceví, which was our highest cost mine in 2017. Once we achieve more efficiency at this mine, we will implement a similar program to enhance productivity at El Cubo and Bolañitos. We are trying to make our mining processes leaner as quickly as possible. We are simply trying to make better use of our equipment and people, which are our two biggest assets.

In light of the declining ore grade in existing mine sites and the search for larger reserves, companies are driven to maximize productivity on the…
Digitalization and automation
Roundtable
Jari Moilanen
Jari Moilanen
Director of Digital Plant at Outotec

Digitalization can help as smart plants and operations reduce the number of operators required. But there is the prevalence of the syndrome of proven technology. All companies want to benefit from new technologies but no one wants to be the first to try them. They know that digitalization can greatly benefit the industry, but they are not quite sure how. So, we make sure to speak directly with our customers to create a common understanding of the problem and, step-by-step, to start building a solution that will provide continuous improvement. The idea is to incorporate digitalization throughout the whole value chain to also gather integrated data.

Digitalization and automation are becoming essential in mine operations.
What are the Main Challenges for Mining Exploration in Mexico
Roundtable
Octavio Alvídrez
Octavio Alvídrez
CEO of Fresnillo

Security can be an issue in certain isolated areas within the country and even though we have an interesting project in Guerrero we have not been able to deploy exploration in the area due to these issues. We have tried a couple of times to start exploring it but unfortunately, we have experienced safety problems and have removed our people from the area. Thanks to our large project portfolio we can pause our efforts in this area and direct them toward less challenging regions. We hope that the area will be at a more stable stage in the future. The growing presence of the mining industry has the potential to change the reality of the state as it will bring economic growth and quality jobs. This will help lower violence and crime rates and will establish a more efficient context for mining.

As a Top 10 producer of several minerals, including silver, gold and copper, Mexico is among the leading mining jurisdictions in the world.
Richard-Booth
Roundtable
Richard-Booth
Richard Booth
Managing Director for North and South America
MMD Mineral Sizing Central America

I believe the biggest problem is that mines try to cut costs excessively. Sometimes the highest cost in an operation is personnel, due to the number of people needed but also the impact unions can have on production. Understandably, many mines want to automate their processes to reduce costs and increase safety. With the FMSL, autonomous or semi-autonomous trucks are spotted using the latest 3D cameras and RFID sensors to assist accurate truck alignment. Distanced from the shovel operation, truck drivers (if present) can enjoy a safer and more controlled working environment, as they are separated from the swinging shovel bucket. Our goal is to ensure the FMSL can be controlled by a single shovel operator. With personnel reduced and autonomous trucks introduced, site safety is greatly increased.

Mexico Mining Review asked the industry leaders about the main problems operators are facing in ramping up productivity and how technology and…
Jesús Herrera
View from the Top
Jesús Herrera
Director General
Detector Exploraciones
Detector Exploraciones provides geology geomatics and other exploration services to both mining companies and the public sector throughout the country
Spotlight 1
Analysis
In the era of technological innovations, the rule is simple: adapt or lag behind.
Rob Ferguson
Roundtable
Rob Ferguson
Rob Ferguson
Director of Product Strategy
Leapfrog

Some mathematicians at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, developed a radio basis function (RBF) algorithm to create 3D objects from point data. The first application was in scans for the medical industry, wherein wounds were scanned and 3D shapes could be created. A geologist then came across the technology and adapted it for geological modeling. The main differentiator is this algorithm and the speed at which our technology works. Initially, the technology was more focused on explorers because it helped map and discover the structure of the deposit. In the last few years, we have integrated more functionality in the software and it has become more applicable to operators so we are having more success at the operational level. We now work with the majority of the mining operators in Mexico including Industrias Peñoles, Fresnillo, First Majestic Silver, Primero Mining, Coeur Mining and Alamos Gold.

With a history dating back over 500 years, mining is one of the oldest industrial activities in Mexico.
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