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Southern Queensland Branch

Human-Systems Integration for the Safe Implementation of Automation in Mining

PD Hours
Join the Southern Queensland Branch for their In-Person and Livestream February tech talk: Human-Systems Integration for the Safe Implementation of Automation in Mining.

About this event

The introduction of automation has great potential to reduce risks by removing people from hazardous situations. However, automation does not remove people from the system - it just changes the tasks they undertake. For the system to function well, these new tasks must be designed taking human abilities and limitations into account. This includes maintenance tasks as well as operational tasks. A global review has revealed a range of new failure modes associated with mining automation, and each of these failure modes has human aspects.

Human-systems integration refers to a set of systems engineering processes that ensure that human-related issues are adequately considered during system planning, design, development, and evaluation. Human-systems integration incorporates human-centred analysis, design and evaluation within the broader systems-engineering process. That is, human-systems integration is a continuous process that begins during the definition of requirements for any automation project, continues throughout system design, and throughout commissioning and operation to verify that safety goals have been achieved.

Join us to find out more!

5.30pm - 6.00pm: Networking
6.00pm - 7.00pm: Presentation
Livestream (Slides and audio only):
6.00pm - 7.00pm: Presentation


Prof. Robin Burgess-Limerick

Professorial Research Fellow, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre Sustainable Minerals Institute
Robin Burgess-Limerick is Professor of Human Factors in the Mining Industry Safety and Health Centre at The University of Queensland. Robin is an experienced human factors and ergonomics researcher and consultant across a range of industries particularly mining, across a broad range of topics including mining automation, human-machine interface design, equipment design to reduce injury risks, manual task risk management, and whole body vibration measurement and management. He is a past-president, and Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia; Chief investigator on research projects > $8M; author of > 100 refereed papers and chapters as well as several books including "Human Factors for the Design, Operation and Maintenance of Mining Equipment” (Horberry, Burgess-Limerick & Steiner, 2011); "Human-Centered Design for Mining Equipment and New Technology” (Horberry, Burgess-Limerick & Steiner, 2018) & "Human Systems Integration for Mining Automation” (Burgess-Limerick et al, under contract 2024).

The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Wednesday, 28 February 2024
5.30pm – 7.00pm (UTC+10:00)

Date and Time

Wednesday, 28 February 2024
5.30pm – 7.00pm (UTC+10:00)


The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000
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Members: $10
Student Members: $5
Non Members: $25

Members: $5
Student Members: Free
Non Members: $10
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