Considering the rate of technological innovation in the mining industry, workers face a particular challenge in keeping up with the pace of change. As mining becomes increasingly reliant on automation, remote operation and technologies such as cloud and the internet of things, new training programmes are needed more than ever to give workers the skills necessary.

The Canadian province of British Columbia has started to address this challenge, through a new mining skills roadmap. This platform, which will aim to teach workers new skills and practical processes, looks to add “more labour certainty” to a sector that remains integral to the economies of both British Columbia, and Canada as a whole.

Elsewhere, we profile a new process for retrieving lost mining vehicles deep underground, and assess the impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the mining industry, as we pass the one-year anniversary of the invasion.

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In this issue

“The potential to provide more”: inside British Columbia’s mining skills roadmap

As the mining sector evolves, so too are the types of people it employs. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at British Columbia’s Mining Skills Roadmap and asks how it might help prepare the sector and its workforce for life in the mines of tomorrow.

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Leave no truck behind

Giles Crosse speaks to Hard-Line about its work on a collaborative vehicle retrieval project, that could deliver safety benefits and big savings for the mining industry.

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Almost perfect: how graphite purity of 99.97% could change Greenland mining

With the news that GreenRoc has delivered a graphite product of a purity of 99.97%, there are big hopes for the future of mining in Greenland. Nnamdi Anyadike investigates.

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Confusion and conclusions: one year on from the Russian invasion in mining

How has the global mining industry been affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine? JP Casey looks at the past year, and to the future of the sector.

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Voices in the deep: the value of underground communication collaboration

Giles Crosse investigates Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson’s cross-industry team of Ambra Solutions and Nutrien, which aims to deliver new radio systems to the Rocanville potash mine.

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Next issue: mining equipment

While the humble pickaxe is an icon of mining, the realities of modern mining equipment are far more sophisticated. From automated drills to explosive devices, the complexity of mining equipment has been a part of the technological revolution in mining, and new devices and processes are becoming increasingly commonplace in the sector.