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Managing the AHS Regulatory Process presented by Dillon McKinnon at the CAC 2021 Conference

November 16, 2021
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Technical Session

Managing the AHS Regulatory Process

The support of provincial mine regulators in new operation areas, such as autonomous haulage systems, requires:
  • transparency, 
  • open business relationships, and 
  • aligned goals.
This working relationship model is rapidly evolving to ensure safe and defined practices for the approvals and evolution of autonomous mining systems. They involve many different cooperation areas, including: joint training programs, leveraging methods from other global regions, and collaboratively creating guidelines for the requirements and timing of an autonomous solution approval process.

This relationship with mining regulators is critical to the rapidly unfolding area of autonomous mine operations. In addition, the topic explores some joint development areas and information exchange to help our shared goal of a risk-free mine operation. 
Dillon McKinnon - Manager, AHS Implementation
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Dillon McKinnon - Manager, AHS Implementation

Dillon McKinnon began his career as a Heavy Equipment Operator before earning a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering and an Advanced Engineering Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Dillon has managed autonomous deployments in Alberta’s Oil Sands and British Columbia’s Elk Valley and has worked collaboratively with clients to strategically implement the Komatsu Frontrunner Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS). He successfully led his team through the first commercial deployment of the Komatsu 400 Ton 980E autonomous haul truck and the first Komatsu AHS deployment into coal and mountaintop mining. Dillon’s approach focuses on people, processes, and technology. The adoption of autonomous haulage allows for new and innovative ways or methods for mine design, which often involves challenging existing processes.
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