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.
Dr. John Kemeny
Dr. John Kemeny is Professor and Head in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona. As Head, Dr. Kemeny has helped to bring the fourth industrial revolution to the mining department through new initiatives in teaching, research, and executive and online educational programs. His research specialties are geomechanics, slope stability, rock fracture mechanics, numerical simulation in rock mechanics, and developing 3D imaging and sensing technologies for geotechnical applications. Dr. Kemeny is an expert on the use of point clouds for rock engineering applications such as slope and underground stability. Dr. Kemeny is Partner and Co-Founder of Split Engineering LLC, a company that specializes in image processing software for the mining and geotechnical industries, and the company was recently acquired by Hexagon Mining. Originally developed at the University of Arizona, the Split software analyzes point clouds and digital images to determine information about rock discontinuities and fragmentation. The Split-FX program has been developed specifically for rock mass characterization and slope stability. Dr. Kemeny has over 35 years of experience in rock mechanics and over 25 years of experience with using new technologies such as digital image processing and LIDAR for rock engineering applications. In the past 20 years Dr. Kemeny has published more than 120 papers, delivered more than 60 invited talks and short courses, and acquired research funding in a number of research topics. Dr. Kemeny has been at the University of Arizona since 1989.