Exploring the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operation mining: Applying Social License in Design

Other Contributors:

  • Tim Horberry
  • Danellie Lynas

Published by: Sustainable Minerals Institute

This report sumarises the findings of a three‐year study investigating the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operations technologies in the Australian mining sector. These new technologies offer the potential for lower labour and operating costs, improved operational efficiency and a safer, more attractive working environment – all contributing to a more competitive mining industry. While the broader economic benefits of these technologies could be substantial, there may also be some undesired social impacts associated with the large-­‐scale uptake of autonomous and remote operation technologies.

CITATION

McNab,K.,Onate,B.,Brereton,D.,Horberry,T.,Lynas,D.and Franks,D.M.2013. Exploring the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operation mining: Applying Social Licence in Design. Prepared for CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship, Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster, by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.