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Presenting on an Technical Review Middle East - hosted webinar, Martin Provencher, global industry principal for mining, metals and materials at AVEVA, explored the digital transformation of mining operations and its impact on sustainability.

“Sustainability is becoming a key aspect for mining operations,” remarked Provencher. “If we look at the latest EY research on the top ten business risks and opportunities for mining and metals globally in 2023, ESG remains at the top. Of course, most companies have environmental goals or are expected to reach a net zero emission by 2050, which is a pretty aggressive target. Many of them are targeting 30% reduction by 2030; seven years from now. So there is a lot of action that needs to take place quickly to get there. It is possible to get there, but we need to make sure we are doing this correctly.”

Fast becoming a huge part of ESG initiatives is fleet electrification where particular progress is being made in underground mines. While some countries are certainly more advanced than others here, Provencher noted that 40% of total emissions from the mining industry come from diesel trucks, making EVs a very attractive low-hanging fruit for companies to pursue.

There are, however, a number of challenges associated with bringing in electric vehicles which remains a barrier for introduction. One of the predominant reasons, is the limited range of EVs against diesel counterparts. To mitigate this, Provencher continued, data management is key and ensuring a strong grasp of real-time information coming in will show operators when machinery needs to be charged, allowing them to plan effectively for maximum efficiency on site.

Indeed, this is but a small advantage that digitalisation can bring to the mining industry as it grapples to meet ESG goals while achieving production targets. By getting a better grip of their data and using it to empower tools such as artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and machine learning, companies can achieve tangible benefits such as reduce downtime, enhance worker safety, cut operating costs and, of course, ensure compliance with environmental regulations and targets.

Through the course of the webinar, Provencher outlined this in more detail and explored AVEVA’s suite of cutting-edge software solutions, specifically designed to help mining companies make progress on their digitalisation journey and empower their operations.

Watch the full webinar, completed with detailed case studies and an insightful Q&A session.

The webinar was moderated by Toufic Riman, country manager for Gulf region at Autodesk, while the other speaker included Hasanain Al-Naimi, who is the regional technical business specialist, Innovyze at Autodesk - META (Middle East, Turkey, Africa). Riman and Al-Naimi discussed several topics that will help companies reduce the wastage of water, while learning to optimise its use.

The webinar gave attendees an opportunity to analyse how the water sector could be revolutionised, by using smart software solutions and digitalisation. Attendees also gained an understanding of the challenges facing water professionals, which include loss of institutional knowledge, ageing infrastructure, water loss, and environmental pollution. They also learnt about the digital solutions that Innovyze provides in these sectors: water distribution, drainage, stormwater, sewers, floods, asset management, and operational analytics.

The webinar covered:

- The current situation of the water industry, and the major challenges faced by the industry, including urban flooding, leakage, consumption, pollution, and their potential impact on the environment and communities

- Digitalisation and how smart software solutions can empower stakeholders and end-users to overcome these challenges

- The process of choosing the right technology and digitalisation partner

- Building and managing water systems and infrastructure

- Designing and auditing drainage systems efficiently

- Modelling complex hydraulic and hydrologic network elements and

- Conducting comprehensive and collaborative water distribution analysis and modelling

On 21 June 2023, 2 PM (UAE time), Technical Review Middle East will present Digitising Water Workflows in the Age of Water Scarcity, an interactive discussion with experts from Autodesk - Hasanain Al Naimi, water technology expert and Toufic Riman, country manager, Gulf Region where attendees will gain valuable insights on Innovyze, the companys software for professionals from the water sector.  Highlighting current challenges like urban flooding, leakage, consumption and pollution and their potential impact on the water industry the webinar will provide companies the access to key considerations wen choosing their technology and digitalisation partner.

The session is set to share critical insights on how digitalisation can help stakeholders overcome current challenges by:

-Building and managing water systems and infrastructure

-Designing and auditing drainage systems efficiently

-Modelling complex hydraulic and hydrologic network elements and

-Conducting comprehensive and collaborative water distribution analysis and modelling


The webinar will highlight the main considerations for selecting the right technology and digitalisation partner for long-term success.

For more information, please contact:

Imran Uddin

Project Manager - Webinars | Technical Review Middle East

Alain Charles Publishing

+44 (0) 20 78347676 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The webinar gave attendees an opportunity to analyse whether traditional solutions were capable of meeting the increasing challenges in concrete surfaces management. Attendees also gained access to the latest, cost-effective application methods for long-lasting finishing of concrete that was capable of reducing maintenance and avoiding repair costs. They also learnt about the advancements in technologies that were responsible for sustaining increased abrasion, resisting stains and ensuring gloss retention to its highest quality.

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