International Mining Economic Forum – report from the conference
5th of November 2018 in Aula of building A0 in AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków was inaugurated third edition of International Mining Economic Forum (IMEF). The title of this year edition was “Work as a miner, think as an economist”. This year the partner of IMEF was BFirst.Tech next to companies like JSW, LW Bogdanka, Grupa Berger, Famur or Fasing. Under whole event patronage was taken by The Ministry of Energy in Poland. The conference was opened by DSc Arkadiusz Kustra (the Organizing Committee Chair). Next the voice was taken by prof. Marek Cała, the dean of Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering. The prof. Cała describe carbon situation in Poland and all over the world nowadays. He also pointed attention on PR carbon problem has a bad effect on mining sector, energy sector and didactic sector in Poland. Another issue was the number of students on field of Mining and Geology. According to the dean’s information the number of students has been declining for several years.
The first Monday discussion session concerned Polish policy of raw material- challenges and risks. In this discussion took part A. Kustra (discussion moderator), H. Schwarz (from the Ministry of Energy in Poland), Z. Kasztelewicz and B. Barchański (AGH University of Science and Technology) and K. Galos (Polish Academy of Sciences). The discussion concerned the state of Polish energy sector, utilization of carbon resources occurring in our country and technology of its extraction. The speakers also talk about directions which Polish government should choose to provide energetic protection to the country. Moreover, the speakers presented examples of similar problems which was solved in other countries. Next issue concerned on legislative policy problems which complicate protection of strategic polish resources.
The next point of conference was accession company Węglokoks Kraj sp. z o.o to initiative “Górnictwo OK” through official signing of the contract.
The second day of the conference opened the workshop part. The first workshop concerned EMIS and CEIC systems. The EMIS system is used by employees, who need quick access to hard-to-access information. The system provides detailed information, reports and statistical data on 250 sectors relevant to emerging markets. The workshop approximated the operation of such a system and the advantages of using it. The remaining workshops on this day were devoted to the topics of Lean Mining and communication of the strategy in the light of effective business management.
After the workshop part, a two-parts discussion panel was started. The first one concerned the subject of new legal regulations in the field of fuel quality in Poland. This topic is very current, due to the fact that from November 4, 2018. new regulations regarding the quality of solid fuels (including coal and coking coal) came into force. These regulations apply to coal traders for households and installations with a capacity of up to 1 MW. The main goal of the regulations is an improving air quality. The speakers in this discussion panel were: Łukasz Horbacz (president of the Chamber of Commerce of Polish Coal Sellers), PhD Magdalena Wójcik-Jurkiewicz (University of Economics in Katowice, Cracow University of Economics) and Łukasz Smędowski (Director of Department of Quality at Tauron S.A.). The greatest interest was caused by the presentation of PhD Magdalena Wójcik-Jurkiewicz, who presented the projected costs of replacing jobs in the mining and related industries with equivalent jobs in other industries. She also presented two models – transformational and liquidation, which provoked a lively discussion among conference participants.
In second panel Ways of optimization of the production process in opencast mining, the speakers presented ways to optimize the production process in mining on the basis of experience in their projects or plants. The moderator of discussion was PhD Paweł Bogacz. The discussion concerned speculation about the expected situation on the aggregate market, as well as the optimization of the production plant in order to minimize the risk of collision or downtimes. The speakers also presented examples of applying Ishikawa diagram, methods 5why, 5S, 6S, as well as the design of 3D models based on the use of drones.
After the substantive part, the participants of the conference could rest in the evening on CC barque “Stefan Batory”, while on the second day of the conference they were invited to the show “Mayday”, staged at the Bagatela theater.
On the last day of conference, the presentations were presented by the AGH University of Science and Technology research workers: Edyta Brzychczy, Anna Wiktor-Sułkowska, Aneta Napieraj, Marta Podobińska-Staniec, Marta Sukiennik and Maciej Szczepankiewicz from Poznan University of Technology.
It is worth to noting that the participants of the conference were also students of AGH University of Science and Technology, who listened the speeches with interest.