Get More out of your Conference Experience

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with colleagues by attending the events at the MINEXCHANGE 2023 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 125th National Western Mining Conference. It’s never been more important to connect with industry professionals.


Opening Celebration

Exhibit Halls A/B/F | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Jobs of Tomorrow Views & Brews

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Colorado Mining Association (CMA) Reception

Colorado Pavilion | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Sunday, Feb. 26 – Wednesday, March 1

This year's theme is "Envisioning Mining Success | Critical Minerals". Winning media will be displayed at the MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 125th National Western Mining Conference.

Make sure to check out the winners on display.

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Media Contest Sponsored by:

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Sunday, Feb. 26 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 750 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to start networking and learning what the exhibitors have to offer.

Food and Beverage Sponsored by:

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Sunday, Feb. 26 | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate the Night in Black & White! Enjoy mingling with themed cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards program. The Gala Dinner will be followed by an after-dinner reception with dessert, drinks, entertainment and dancing. This event always sells out, so purchase your tickets with conference registration.

Learn more about the SME Foundation Dinner and other sponsored events at SME Foundation or contact us at

Gala Title Sponsor:

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Gala Wine sponsored by:

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Gala Cocktail Reception sponsor:

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Gala Door Prizes sponsored by:

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CMSP Reception

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Near Real-Time Blasting Simulation for Value

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 11:45 AM – Noon

Will Hunt, Orica

Join the SME Health & Safety Division for a healthy and fun start to the 2023 Annual Conference with the Seventh Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk!

Earth Observation Data for Remote Asset Monitoring of Mining Operations

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 11:45 AM – Noon

Mike Cox, Satellogic

High-resolution Earth Observation imagery, as captured by Satellogic’s growing constellation of 30 satellites, can provide insights and assist through all the stages of the mining cycle: exploration, discovery, development, production, and reclamation.

The Future of Digital Tires Today

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 12:10 PM – 12:25 PM

Carlos Villarreal, Arsenal Tire Performance Tech

How, with vision & technology, everyone can #GoBeyond safely with fewer tires.

Outdoor Air Compressor Enclosures

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 12:10 PM – 12:25 PM

Ken Cannella, All Weather Air

Describe to the mine attendees how the can reduce time to build and cost for installing a compressed air system at a mine site.

Autonomy 2.0: Mining's New Frontier

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 12:35 PM – 1:00 PM

Bibhrajit Halder, Safe AI

Session will be focused on highlighting the advancements and benefits of Autonomy 2.0 technology versus legacy Autonomy 1.0 technology.

Spraying Shotcrete Underground with the Getman ProShot

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 12:35 PM – 1:00 PM

John Nielson and Rick Kraft, Getman Corp

Rick Kraft and John Nielson will host a discussion regarding the development of the ProShot Shotcrete Sprayer and the improvements in safety, quality and efficiency experienced by early adopters.


Monday, Feb. 27 | 6:00 am - 8:00 am

Join the SME Health & Safety Division for a healthy and fun start to the 2023 Annual Conference with the Seventh Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk!

Sponsored by:

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Monday, Feb. 27 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This lunch on the exhibit hall floor allows you to grab a bite to eat and connect with our exhibitors before the technical program begins at 2:00 pm.

Food and Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR


Mining Engineering Magazine 75th Anniversary Celebration

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Explore the Benefits of Small Nuclear Reactors in Mining

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Brian Gitt, Oklo

Unlock the potential of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in mining. Learn how SMRs can revolutionize mining by providing on-site 24/7 clean energy generation that reduces costs and minimizes environmental impact.

Mining for Scouts

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Charlie Zimmerman, Boy Scouts of America

You and your company can effectively engage with pre-career youth (ages 11-17) through the BSA's Mining in Society merit badge, which has been earned by over 33,000 Scouts since 2014. Opportunities include teaching Scouts about mining at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer as well as working with Scouts in your local community.

Increasing Loading Efficiency Through Technology-Supported Payload Spread Reduction

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 3:55 PM – 4:10 PM

Joe Lindekugel, CR Mining

While load and haul circuits have undergone many technological step changes, opportunities remain to maximize efficiency in these fleets by reducing variability of payloads in the back of haul trucks.

Payload systems for onboard the loading equipment have been demonstrated reduce variability and increase efficiency of the circuit. This technology is designed to address operator proficiency by equipping all operators with real-time insights onboard the equipment that reduce the cognitive load and provide the same guidance on what "good" looks like.

Innovative Temperature Monitoring Applications for Mining

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 3:55 PM – 4:10 PM

Hayley Croteau, Beadedstream Inc.

Ground temperature profiling in the geotechnical monitoring industry has historically been used in cold regions for infrastructure built on permafrost. Commercially available digital temperature cables and thermistor strings can be used both in cold regions and for non-conventional applications. Within the mining industry, this includes applications such as tailings seepage, ARD generation, artificial ground freezing and environmental background assessments of waterways.

Interpersonal Skills - Workforce Competencies Required to Succeed

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 4:20 PM – 4:35 PM

Vince “Bluto” Saporito, Check-6 Inc.

Workforce development is a hot topic and industry is experiencing a need in developing both hard skills and soft skills. This session will introduce critical soft skills and competencies that will bolster human performance & safeguard against human error in a constantly changing environment.

Digitalizing Conveyed Flow Quality for Real Time Process Improvement

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 4:20 PM – 4:35 PM

Henry Kurth, Scantech International Pty Ltd

Technologies to digitalize material elemental composition, moisture and particle size for process benefits including grade control, bulk sorting, blending, feedback and feed forward control, ore reconciliation and metal accounting.

Electromagnetic Treatment to Increase Evaporation from Tailing Ponds

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Andrew Laursen, EM Fluids Inc.

A presentation on the potential use of an EMF device to increase evaporative loss. Field-based and laboratory and field based measurements are integrated into an evaporative loss model (based on the Penman equation); the model is applied to seven different geographic locations in North and South America to predict the effect of EMF treatment on enhanced water loss from evaporation.

Embracing AI and Machine Learning

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Brandon Richardson, Aspen Technology

Predictive and prescriptive analytics utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence provide a new strategic approach to how companies manage their operations. Let's discuss how these new technologies are changing the way we think about mining.

Upskilling the Workforce Through Digital Transformation

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 5:10 PM – 5:25 PM

Mariana Sandin, Seeq

One of the main challenges in the industry is to attract and retain talent. Remote operating centers, digitalization support groups require the expertise from people at the site. Advance analytics is a skill that all engineers are trained for, but new tools available can be intimidating. This session will strive to touch on topics to help build the bridge between the IT and OT skills of groups working remotely and groups in day-to-day operations.

AIDA the Future of IIoT on Diemme Filtration Filter Presses

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 5:10 PM – 5:25 PM

Andrea Pezzi, Diemme Filtration

AIDA is a system tutor developed by Diemme Filtration to cooperate with customers to provide real-time information on the status and production performances of their filter plants wherever they are in the world. Can be easily accessed from a computer, smartphone or tablet to ensure their filter presses are operating optimally through continuous monitoring functions and a series of activities to be carried out in partnership with the Data Ingestion Team, created by Diemme Filtration and specifically dedicated to the Aida service, so as to combine company know-how with the support of data from the field.


Tuesday, February 28 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. All attendees are welcome to come and walk the hall during the social while enjoying a drink and light snacks.

Food and Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR

Colorado Mining Association Reception (Colorado Pavilion) Signature Cocktail Sponsored by: Energy Fuels


Tuesday, February 28 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Proceeds from this event support MPD’s scholarship and award funds, helping those who want to make a career in the industry and recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. In addition to the scotch tasting, there will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other drinks. Mineral-processing rock band Bass Metals is back by popular demand, with their "Rocky Mountain Reverberations!" tour.

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Supporting Sponsors: Molycop, Unified Purchasing Group (UPG), and Ausenco


SME Foundation Party

Noon - 1pm

Data Driven Mine-to-Mill Reconciliation

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Eduardo Gonzalez, MineSense Technologies Ltd.

MineSense’s digital mining solutions, headed up by ShovelSense®, measures the grade of the material in every bucket. The increased real-time visibility of your orebody provided by ShovelSense improves ore control enabling data-driven optimization of mineral processing and the informed management of power intensity, water, and chemical reagent use.

Tackling the Talent Crisis – Innovative Ways of Filling the Pipeline

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Jodi Banta, University of Arizona School of Mining and Mineral Resources

University of Arizona’s interdisciplinary approach to raise students’ interest in the mining industry: Helping students from all backgrounds and disciplines learn about the limitless opportunities in mining helps tackle the talent crisis.

A Healthy Mine

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 11:40 AM – 11:55 AM

Shahram Tafazoli, WEIR Motion Metrics

I would like to make a case and draw parallels between a healthy person and a healthy mine!

Environmental Solutions for Mines: Extreme Weather and Air Quality

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 11:40 AM – 11:55 AM

Frank DeFina, Vaisala Inc.

We will present weather and air quality impacts that affect the mining industry. We will also present options for total environmental measurements.

Logistics Solutions for the Mining Sector

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 12:05 PM – 12:20 PM

Stephen Westfield, Blue Water Shipping

Bluewater is a Logisitics provider for the mining sector in Asia Pacific and looking to expand to Nth/Latin America. The presentation is about project and supply chain solutions for miners including cost reduction, operational efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives. Logistics industry trends - opportunities/challenges.

Mine Plan Compliance: A Faster Method for Identifying Plan Deviations

IdeaXchange Stage 2 – Booth 2912 | 12:05 PM – 12:20 PM

Ray Ho, Micromine

No matter how robust your mine plan is, deviations in planned production are inevitable. Instead of waiting for the next reporting period to identify these deviations, Ray Ho will show you how you can gain insights into areas of over and under-production in near real-time using an innovative new tool.

Mental Health and Suicide; You Are Not Alone

IdeaXchange Stage 1 – Booth 1156 | 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Jim “Tango” Gray, Check-6 Inc.

Industry is beset by disproportionate levels of suicide and mental health challenges. Like many environments where the consequences of error are high, and people tend to be ‘get-it-done’ operators, personal issues and mental health are not often prioritized by the hard-working folks that make their living there. I am not a doctor, or a therapist. I am a former soldier who paid a heavy price following a brutal tour in Sierra Leone in West Africa. I am a suicide survivor and long-term mental health patient. This is my story of recovery, of friends who have ended their lives, and why I believe we are still not good at recognizing mental health challenges let alone reaching out for help. If my story can help one person ask for help, that’s good enough.


Wednesday, March 1 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Take advantage of this last chance to connect with exhibitors and enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall.

Food and Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR


Wednesday, March 1 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

As the closing event of MINEXCHANGE, the SME/AIME Awards Banquet brings together hundreds of industry professionals to celebrate the achievements and milestones of SME’s remarkable innovators, leaders and experts.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

**Attendees must register for MINEXCHANGE to attend social functions. Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.