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Extracting Innovations
Mining, Energy, and Technological Change in the Digital Age

ISBN 9781138040823
Published May 8, 2018 by CRC Press
375 Pages 18 Color & 59 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book considers the most contemporary innovations propelling the extractive industries forward while also creating new environmental and social challenges. The socio-ecological fabric of innovation in the extractive industries is considered through an integrative approach that brings together engineers, natural scientists, and social scientists—academics and practitioners—giving an empirically grounded and realistic evaluation of the innovations in this sector. It synthesizes a series of questions including:

Table of Contents

Section I: Processes and Organizational Design Underpinning Innovation in the Resources Sector

  1. Understanding the Innovation Ecosystem in Mining and What the Digital Revolution Means for It
  2. John Steen, Sam Macaulay, Nadja Kunz and John Jackson

  3. Mining Innovations: Barriers and Imperatives
  4. Kane Usher and Ian Dover

  5. How Innovation and R&D Happen in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry: Insight from a Global Survey
  6. Robert K. Perrons

  7. Vignette: Technological Innovation in Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Sector
  8. Victor Gerardo Ortiz Gallardo

  9. Vignette: Innovation in Australia’s Extractive Industries: Current Context and Future Requirements
  10. Miranda Taylor

  11. Vignette: The Need for Innovation in Mining and Potential Areas for Adopting New Technologies
  12. Section II: Advances in Mining, Oil and Gas Technologies

  13. Digital Energy: Past, Present and Future
  14. Johnathon Ralston, Craig James and David Hainsworth

  15. An Optimised Command System for Full Automation of a Digitally Controlled LNG Train Site
  16. Brian J. Evans


  17. The Case for "n << all": Why the Big Data Revolution Will Probably Happen Differently in the Mining Sector
  18. Robert K. Perrons and Derek McAuley

  19. Advancement in Digital Oil Field Technology: Maximizing Production and Improving Operational Efficiency
  20. Richard Mohan David

  21. The Salient Distribution of Unconventional Oil and Gas Well Productivity
  22. Justin B. Montgomery and Francis M. O’Sullivan

  23. Application of Advanced Data Analytics to Improve Haul Trucks Energy Efficiency in Surface Mines
  24. Ali Soofastaei, Peter Knights and Mehmet Kizil

  25. Use of Augmented Reality in Geological Modelling: Development and Use of the Leapfrog Aspect Viewer
  26. P.J Hollenbeck

  27. Streamlining and Standardizing Data Use in the Extractive Industries
  28. Energistics

  29. Vignette: Deep Sea Mining
  30. Lindsey Harris

  31. Extracting Off-Earth Resources
  32. Serkam Saydam

    Section III: Social Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship

  33. Land Access and Social Consensus
  34. Sharon Flynn

  35. Leveraging Social Investment: PNG LNG, Community Health and Building Shared Values
  36. John D. Moore, Andry Nowosiwsky, Valentina Kaman and Gary Krieger

  37. Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion in Papua New Guinea’s Resource Regions
  38. Tim Grice and Saleem H. Ali

  39. Vignette: Local Level Agreement in the Extractive Industries: A Viewpoint on Content, Context and continuing evolution
  40. Bruce Harvey

  41. Social Incident Investigation in Mining: Thinking Outside the Fence
  42. Deanna Kemp and John R. Owen

  43. Social Media and Community Relations: Five Key Challenges and Opportunities for Future Practice
  44. Colette Einfeld, Sara Bice and Chen Li

  45. Phytomining: Using Plants to Extract Valuable Metals from Mineralized Wastes and Uneconomic Resources
  46. P.N. Nkrumah, G. Echevarria, P.D. Erskine and A. van der Ent

  47. Vignette: The Eden Project: Innovative Restoration of a Mine Site for Tourism
  48. Saleem H. Ali

  49. The Frugal Rehabilitation Methodology for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Mongolia
  50. Jonathan Stacey, Dr. Yolande Kyngdon-McKay, Estelle Levin-Nally and Andrew Cooke

  51. Conclusions

          Robert K. Perrons

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Martin J. Clifford is a postdoctoral researcher in Energy and Environmental Policy at the Department of Geography, University of Delaware, USA. His work focuses on the socioeconomic and environmental dynamics of large and small-scale extractive industries, particularly in lower-income countries. Much of his empirical work in this regard took place in Ghana and Guyana. This ties into his broader interests in international development and sustainable natural resource management. Much of his recent scholarship has focused on the Minamata Convention on mercury reduction and its impact on the gold mining sector. Dr. Clifford has also completed a study on pathways for socio-ecological resilience in small-island developing states with extractive resources, focusing on the island nation of Nauru. This work was supported by the Pavetta Foundation. He earned a PhD and MSc in International Development from the University of Reading and University of Manchester, respectively.


Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia as an Associate Professor in 2011, Robert K. Perrons worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division. He started his career in Shell’s Strategy & Economics team in 1997, and then worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s overseas operations (offshore and onshore). He then left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D. He earned a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master’s degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is a Fellow of both the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Engineers Australia, and is chartered as a Eur. Ing. in Europe. He continues to stay connected to the University of Cambridge as an Affiliated Researcher, and is an advisor to MIT’s Mining, Oil & Gas Club. In addition to his QUT position, Rob serves the Australian Government on an ad hoc basis as a member of their "Expert Network." His duties in this role include providing advice about the energy industry and emerging innovations in that sector, with the overarching objective of accelerating the commercialization of promising new energy technologies.


Saleem H. Ali holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, where he also directs the Gemstones and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, supported by the Tiffany & Co Foundation. He is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. Professor Ali has held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane, Australia (where he retains professorial affiliation). His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, (Yale Univ. Press); Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press) and Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (Univ. of Arizona Press). Corporate and government experience includes employment in General Electric’s Technical Leadership Program; a Baker Foundation Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a Research Internship at the UK House of Commons. He is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel; was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011; and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. He received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). 


Dr. Tim A. Grice is an Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute and Founding Director at Leapfrog International, a social impact company working for sustainable prosperity. Working across the private sector, public sector and civil society in Asia Pacific, South America and Africa, Tim has led programs in leadership and governance, community health, education, law and justice, financial inclusion, small and medium enterprise development, institutional strengthening, community infrastructure development and corporate social responsibility. He has also worked across a range of organisational development programs in the areas of strategic planning, organisational design, leadership and team development, and human capital development. Tim’s recent projects include a leadership and governance capacity building program through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, a project on development minerals in Zambia for the United Nations Development Programme, strategic planning with The University of Papua New Guinea, a study on the non-fiscal costs and benefits of the extractive sector for the Natural Resource Governance Institute, a World Bank funded scoping study for a Natural Resources Independent Advisory Centre in Solomon Islands, a sustainability review for Ivanhoe Mines in South Africa, and a project on mobile banking and financial inclusion funded by the International Mining for Development Centre.


"This wide-ranging compendium scans a broad horizon of current extractives industry issues, as well as offering some tantalizing glimpses into the future."
-- Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Metals and Mining (ICMM), London, United Kingdom

"The mining and oil & gas industries are quickly becoming more technology-intensive, and this book helpfully examines many of the technological forces and innovations ushering in these changes around the world. I would highly recommend this book for anybody who needs to think about the future of these industries."
— Rustem R. Shagiev, Moscow Petroleum Institute, Russia

"…examines the nature, trends, drivers, and challenges of innovation in the extractive industries, such as oil and gas and mining, through a series of essays and vignettes. Among the issues addressed are why the extractive sectors are historically slow to adopt and use new technology; what strategies can improve innovation and uptake; what new technologies will shape the sector going forward; how digital technologies are changing the competitive landscape and industry architecture; and how new technologies could improve social performance and environmental stewardship."

-- Journal of Petroleum Technology, November 2018