30-31 March 2021

New Horizons

Building the Recovery


Wednesday 31 March

With many other industries already embracing the digital revolution, now is the time for the mineral extractives sector to realize the full potential of digital and automation technologies. Whether it’s using drones, pioneering 5G machine-control technology or cloud-based remote monitoring systems, digitalization is changing the way people work in the quarrying industry. There is no doubt that new technological innovations such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can help aggregate producers deliver greater levels of business and operational efficiency, safer working practices and enhanced collaborative working.



Clearly, digitalization is no longer a choice, but an imperative.

Hillhead Digital will bring high-profile industry speakers and online delegates together remotely to learn about new technologies, share innovative ideas and begin to understand how digitalization and automation will transform the sector for decades to come.


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Zoe Kleinman

The day will be hosted by Zoe Kleinman, a leading technology journalist and presenter with a passion for all things tech and 20 years of broadcasting experience.

From cybersecurity to artificial intelligence, Zoe makes tech news accessible to a mainstream audience of millions across national and international BBC Radio, TV and online outlets, including Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC World TV and the UK’s most-watched news shows.

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Zoe Kleinman

Get involved in the digitalization debate

Click here to register your interest.  After completing this short form, a member of the Conference team will be in touch to provide more details on our selection criteria and assist you with the submission process.  If you require guidance before completing the form, please call 0115 945 3889 or e-mail us

Your content must be relevant to one of the three sessions outlined below.  The format for each of these sessions follows a short introduction and overview to each topic by Zoe Kleinman; proceeded by four presentations with live questions at the end of each of them; and then finally a panel discussion at the end of each session.

To ensure a fast-paced and punchy delivery which lends itself to the online environment, your presentation needs to be between 10 and 25 minutes in length, depending on the nature of your material and guidance from the Organisers.

Technical support and guidance will be provided to assist you with your presentation. 

Important dates

Friday 15 January 2021 Submission deadline
Friday 22 January 2021 Decision date
Friday 12 February 2021 Draft version deadline
Monday 8 March 2021 Final version deadline




Sessions include

  1. What was once just a vision is starting to become a reality – the ‘digital quarry’. Driving this transformation are technologies such as 5G, GPS, LiDAR, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Whether it is the evolution of fully autonomous trucks and loaders, the remote control and monitoring of on-site plant and equipment, or the use of drones for face and stockpile surveys, digitalization will continue to transform the way people work and the roles they play in the quarry.

  2. Break and browse the exhibition
  3. Advanced automation and control systems have already made huge inroads into the quarrying sector over the last two decades, but with ever-increasing growth in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud-based technology, machine connectivity and the remote management and monitoring of plant, machinery and processes, what will the next 20 years hold in store for industrial automation and control? Clearly, digitalization is no longer a choice, but an imperative.

  4. Break and explore the exhibition
  5. The way quarry companies do business is also being transformed by digitalization. From new back-office business software and customer relationship management (CRM) systems to the growing use of electronic proof-of-delivery (e-POD) systems and novel mobile device-based apps, enhanced business solutions and technology are set to help deliver greater levels of operational and commercial efficiency. And central to this will be the all-important issue of cyber-security.

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