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ISSUE 5: Minera Antamina: Setting the standard. Driving the future.

Antamina mine in Peru is one of the largest and most productive mines in the world, and their success can be attributed in part to their dedication to safety and community relationships. Beginning with their industry-standard greenfield development and continuing into today, Antamina’s leadership has placed caring for the environment, their employees and the community at large above even cost and profit in their decision-making process.

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ISSUE 5: Focusing on sustainability at MINExpo 2008: Caterpillar hosts global Health, Safety, Environment and Community Forum

MINExpo 2008 was an opportunity for the leaders of the mining industry and their customers to discuss their priorities, and the message was clear — health, safety, environment and community are at the top of the industry’s list. A number of the show’s educational sessions were dedicated to topics like waste management and air quality, as well as improving safety and reducing community impact. Mining companies also shared stories of their success in these areas so others could learn.

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ISSUE 4: Spence mine: From greenfield to major producer in a few short years

The transition from undeveloped ground to full-scale mining operation isn’t an easy one. It’s a complicated process involving lengthy periods of exploration, study and construction. Which makes it all the more impressive that BHP Billiton’s Spence copper mine, the first greenfield mining project in Chile in more than six years, went from board approval to active operation in less than three years.

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ISSUE 4: Vale Inco’s Creighton mine: Digging deeper by the day

For more than 100 years, workers have been bringing up ore from the Creighton mine under the Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada. Today, Creighton is one of Canada’s deepest and most profitable mining operations. Existing infrastructure and strong reserves keep Creighton profitable, but operating nearly 2,500 meters underground is not without its unique challenges — and a collection of innovative solutions to meet them.

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ISSUE 4: Building the technologies for the mine sites of the future: The time is right for autonomy

While every mine is different, they all share a number of key priorities; safety, efficiency, and productivity to name a few. All of those priorities can be achieved through the use of autonomy on site. Operators are removed from dangerous areas, routes become more consistent and redundancies help reduce the risk of collision. As autonomous technologies become more and more viable, the mining industry stands to benefit more from their use every day.

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