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Erich Smidt, GuardVant

  • 13 Mar 2013
  • 6:30 PM
  • Sheraton Tucson, 5151 E. Grant on the northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont


  • Member of SME Tucson that pays at the door on the event day.
  • Member of SME Tucson Section that pays with PayPal ahead of time.
  • Not a member to SME Tucson Section
  • Must be a current UA mining student and member of UA SME.

1 registration per individual. Please enter full first name, last name, and company - these will appear on your badge as entered.
Program:  Erich Smidt of Guardvant presents, One Small Step to Autonomy and One Giant Leap for Safety and Productivity: Haul Truck Operator Alertness Monitoring & Proximity Awareness Technology.

Autonomous haul trucks are often marketed as a silver bullet for safe and efficient operations. The technology developed is fantastic, as is the price tag, and full deployment is operationally and culturally challenging. To work through these challenges, mines are taking smaller, incremental steps to maximize the safety and productivity of their existing assets.  The presentation will discuss the latest technology and management approaches to proximity detection and operator fatigue that set the stage for semi-autonomous systems and that address two leading causes of mining accidents involving mobile equipment: operator fatigue and blind spots around the machines.


Registration Deadline is 12PM on Friday before dinner:

Include for EACH Person (badge will be printed as provided):

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Location: Sheraton Tucson at 5151 E. Grant -- northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont. Use Conference Center Entrance on west side of the hotel.

$25 SME Tucson members who reserve by deadline AND pay online via PayPal.

$27 SME Tucson members who reserve by deadline and pay at the door.

$35 non-members who reserve by deadline.

Add $3 to above
($28/$30/$38) for late RSVPs if space allows.
Free for current UA mining students who are UA SME members.
Payable at the door by cash or check payable to SME Tucson
Cost does not include bar drinks. Cash bar is available.

Cancellations and No Shows: Please call or email by the registration deadline to cancel.  If you do not cancel your reservation by the deadline, SME is still required to pay for your dinner and you will in turn be billed. Thank you.

SME Tucson Section
PO Box 65931
Tucson, Arizona 85728
(520) 314-5066
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