Before I start, this blog is NOT about how to be a great virtual grandparent since, in many European languages, OMA means grandmother.
OMA stands for Ore and Minerals Analysis. Under this name, over the last five years, we have successfully organized 20 OMA workshops on five continents. Due to Covid-19, we had to change our plans for 2020 and decided to run the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th editions as virtual events.
The goal of the OMA workshops is to network with the experts from the mining industry, research institutions and equipment suppliers. Having a well-established network has become an important part of our lives, even more in times where a pandemic forces most of the people to work in isolation from home.
For myself, networking does not only help to stay on top of the latest trends in the mining industry but is also an excellent source to get fresh ideas and new perspectives. Networking means for me forming trust and helping one another towards solving problems or reaching goals. Often, I have developed long-lasting personal relationships since networking contacts are very often like-minded people with similar ideas and goals.
For our OMA workshops, it was challenging to create a format that works as well as virtual event.
During the 21st and 22nd OMAs, external and internal experts used the opportunity to discuss trends and solutions that help the mining industry to stay resilient in challenging times. Presenters were from:
- Indonesia, focusing on the effects of the ban of nickel ores on the global mining industry,
- New Zealand, illustrating how cloud-based AI technology finds its way to exploration,
- Australia, demonstrating the impact on increased mining exposure to respirable silica and the importance of mineralogical monitoring,
- Canada, showing the newest trend for in-field geo-analysis, and
- The US, explaining the need for mineralogical and elemental monitoring during copper exploration, mining, and production.
For both events, we received an amazing number of more than 500 attendees.
The recording of the 22nd OMA virtual event is available here.
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