In their first week in Australia, the group led by Expande Patricio Pastorelli and METS Ignited General Manager Peter Clarke took part in the 5th Annual Swedish Australian Mining Initiative with METS Ignited and Expande joining an elite panel of innovation-collaboration practitioners to discuss "Accelerating Innovation Through International Collaboration and Strategic Alliances".
From here the group toured CORE Innovation Hub and met with CEO Tamryn Barker who shared the value drawn from METS and miners from the many collaborative events and initiatives run out of the precinct. The crowd also met with Director Justin Strharsky from Unearthed Solutions who provided key insights into Unearthed's innovation platform and hackathon programs providing access to a new digital skills base developing as a result of digitisation.
METS Ignited, Expande, and the three METS companies travelled to Newmont's Boddington Gold Mine, accompanied by METS technology provider Resolution Systems. As Australia's largest operating gold mine, the group were given key insights into the scale of the company's operations and the technology solutions Resolution Systems is providing, and local insight into the Australian mining landscape.
The group enjoyed a tour of CISCO Innovation Central at Curtin University including hand-on access to some of the latest technologies coming out of the collaborative partnership between research, industry and METS companies (CISCO, Curtin University, CSIRO, Data 61 and Woodside).
On their final day in Perth, all three Chilean companies took part in a workshop hosted by METS Ignited focused on developing global innovation pathways between Australia, Chile and Sweden. This event has been regarded by all three country's representatives as a successful catalyst for a new working group to progress greater accessibility to METS and mining capabilities internationally through knowledge transfer and future roadmap exchange.
In Brisbane, Expande and the Chilean METS have joined a two-day bootcamp (run by Mining Leaders Group) for Australian and Chilean companies looking to gain traction in the Australian mining sector. As part of the intensive two-day program, the companies will visit the BHP Remote Operations Centre for a look at some of Australia's preeminent mining technology operations.
Week two of the METStech Passport Innovation Exchange Program will take the Chilean METS companies to Melbourne for Australia's largest mining event IMARC. The exchange program is being run in partnership between METS Ignited and Austrade, read more about the METStech Passport here.