BKT Network’s Global Trends is back! This time we’re taking all of our viewers on an immersive journey into the world of OTR. So, what’s on the menu this season, who will be taking part, and what can we expect in episode one?
Last season, BKT Network spoiled viewers with eight episodes exploring the future of agriculture. This season, we pay homage to our OTR audience, exploring some of the most topical issues in OTR, and the trends that will likely shape the future of the industry over the coming years. Viewers will be able to enjoy these in-depth insights across four immersive episodes, featuring some of the most revered figures across the OTR sector.
Setting the wheels in motion, on March 21, we shared episode one of this four-part series, available via BKT Network.
Steered by this season’s Global Trends presenter, Saana Azzam, episode one digs deep into the role of Technology, Automation and Robotics in OTR. In particular, the episode considers the role of such technologies in enhancing business efficiencies, such as through the use of drone technologies for inspecting mines, whilst also allowing companies to adapt to greener practices, such as through the use of electrical vehicles.
The episode also considers the future of mining for fossil fuels - a divisive topic across multiple industries! - and how technology can assist the OTR sector in breaking barriers between previously inaccessible resources, such as through underwater mining. As well as the use of technologies in indisputably positive use-cases, such as through the enhancement of workforce safety.
Finally, our guests help us navigate the tricky terrain of automations, and whether the advancement in automated technology presents a problem for the OTR workforce… (Luckily, it seems that we’re a long way off any real-life Terminator scenarios!)
In episode one we were joined by Frik Els, Executive Editor of Mining.com, an online news and analysis platform that provides up-to-date information and insights on the global mining industry. Viewers can also hear insights from Andrew Petruska, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, widely recognized as one of the top engineering schools in the United States: a leading institution in the fields of geology, mining, and energy.
Ready to set-off? You can catch episode one of BKT Network: Technology, Automation and Robotics in OTR, as well as catching our following three episodes each month thereafter until June 2023 (check out the full schedule below!)
For further insights, bonus content and information on upcoming releases, head on over to the BKT Network Instagram here.