The woman at the forefront of the resources technology revolution has a dream — a completely automated mining process that not only increases productivity but makes operations safer.

US-based Jean Savage, Caterpillar’s Surface Mining and Technology Division Vice President, will be in Perth in November to detail the latest trends in automation and robotics that are poised to transform the mining sector.

Ms Savage will be one of the keynote speakers at the Resources Technology Showcase 2019, to be held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on November 27 and 28.

She will join some of the mining, oil and gas industry’s most influential leaders to explain how their operations are evolving with changing technology.

“Our first autonomy research program began in 1985, we had autonomous trucks running by the 1990s, and today we have the world’s single largest fleet of autonomous haul trucks, operating in Australia,” Ms Savage said. 

“We believe that someday the complete mining process could be automated — from drilling and digging, to loading, hauling, processing and transporting mined materials. 

“We envision an operation where most of the equipment is autonomous, which will contribute to major gains in safety and efficiency at sites around the world.”

Ms Savage will join heavyweights from Woodside Energy, BHP, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, IBM, INPEX and Chevron as they outline the future of innovations such as robotics and remote operations centres.