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Educational Short Courses


Taught by highly regarded industry experts, SME Arizona Conference Short Courses short courses are designed to meet the continuing education needs of SME members and other professionals in the industry. They provide concise information in an easily referenced format for study following the onsite course.

Low-cost Innovation: Tablet-based Fleet Management and Paper Digitization for Productivity and Safety using Big Data: what you need to know to get ready and avoid the pitfalls.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa

Registration: $150 Member · $200 nonmember

Smart phones, tablets, and big data are transforming our personal lives by delivering more information, communications, and collaboration than ever before. Meanwhile, mines continue to make significant investments in data-rich technologies. There is also a revolution in commercial products that function with smart devices, such as indoor tracking, wearable technology, and biometrics. The concepts behind big data, such as data type, can be oversimplified leading to potentially sub-optimal investments. Continued investment in ever more data collection technologies, without a focus on using data, will further reduce the industry’s current utilization rate of its data asset. An unvarnished guide to this new generation of technology, and its application to mines is needed. With this information, mining professionals can cut through the hype, and prepare their workforce, technology selection process, technology deployments, and work processes to take advantage of these new technological platforms.


  • Basics of data systems in mining:
    • Data: structured, semi-structured and unstructured, what are they, how do I use them now, and in the future?
    • Systems: fleet management systems, plant SCADA, historians, OPC, drill monitoring, ERP, etc…
    • The truth and the hype behind Big Data in the context of mining operations.
  • The anatomy of an app
    • Front-end: Native application versus Web Application
    • Back-end: local servers versus using “The Cloud” & Owning the data: getting access to your own data
    • Payment model: Software as a Service (SAS) vs. license
  • Indoor and underground tracking through Bluetooth Low Energy beacons
  • Wearables
  • Case studies:
    • Using a safety data collection app – impact on Safe Work Observation compliance and resulting incident rate
    • Challenges in deploying iPad based FMS.


Dr. Sean Dessureault
Founder & President
MISOM Technologies Inc.
Tel: (520) 495-0185
Mobile: (520) 306-7753


Developing Diversity in Mining Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 1:00pm-5:00pm
JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa

Registration: $10

Creating Value with a New Point of View


  • Facilitated by Dr. Mary Poulton
  • National and International Speakers
  • Different Perspective Round Table
  • Address recruitment, retention, promotion
  • Brainstorm Solutions
  • Build an Implementation Plan

Speakers will be:

  • Greg Boyce, former President and CEO of Peabody Coal Company
  • Beatrice Opuku-Asare, Director of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Newmont
  • Peter Denetclaw, Manager Environmental Programs & Navajo Relations at Freeport-McMoRan
  • Alyssa Hom, Project Engineer (and recent graduate) at McCarthy Building Company
  • Malebogo Mpugwa, Head of Human Resources, DeBeers
  • Leigh Freeman, Principal of Leigh Freeman Consultancy an executive search firm
  • David Mwewa, President at Southlands Engineering

Brought to you by:

The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona


Short Course Only Registration

Members, nonmembers and students wishing to attend the short course only may purchase the short course independent of conference registration. Short course registration does not include access to the conference or the conference activities and functions. Please purchase a full conference registration if you want to attend all conference activities.