Dani Payne

Mining Disrupted: The Next 20 Years -
10:00 am 10/18/2019
Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Mining is at the cutting edge of 4IR technology, making mining jobs safer and more efficient. In this session, learn what the future of the mining industry looks like, and hear about the technology that will shape this industry in the coming years.

I started mining in Australia when I was 18 years old. Growing up in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, and having both of my parents working in mining which exposed me to the mining environment very early in life. At the start of my career I was able to gain experience operating many different types of mining equipment and in different mining environments. This led me into Autonomous Mining in 2014, with Rio Tinto in Western Australia. Working with the Komatsu Modular FrontRunner® Autonomous Haulage System showed me that having systems in place on mine sites meant that companies were able to take the human factor out of one of the most high risk jobs on a mine site, that is being Haul Truck Operator and then utilizing those people in positions around the mine to ensure the Autonomous Haul Trucks and the system are able to perform to the best of its abilities. This is where I have gained a lot of experience.
Seeing how productive and adaptable Autonomous Mining is and knowing the system features that are in place to keep the workforce safe was the main reason I chose to continue to build a career of working with Autonomy. I’m currently working in Canada as an AHS Application Consultant, working on mine sites that have deployed the FrontRunner® Autonomous Haulage System. I offer training in field to the equipment operators and personnel that will be required to work directly with the system. I am also able to draw on my experience of the Autonomous Production mining environment I worked in, to offer solutions to problems or issues the client may face until the experience is gained for the client to be able to run the system without OEM support. For me mining and technology has become a passion and a big part of my life and family with my husband also very involved in autonomous operations. It has showed me that there are ways to improve how we go about our methods in mining and to be able to teach these ways to others which is the most rewarding part.