SafeAI Expands to Australia, Welcomes Team of Autonomous Mining Experts

by | Jan 27, 2021 | Blog

SafeAI Expands to Australia, Welcomes Team of Autonomous Mining Experts

by | Jan 27, 2021 | Blog

In 2020, we focused on building our team, our business, and our ecosystem, having signed a number of major contracts and partnerships with industry leaders like Goodyear and Obayashi to deliver autonomy to construction and mining, at scale. We’re proud to share that the momentum continues into 2021 as we expand both our global footprint and our leadership team. At SafeAI, we recently announced our expansion to Australia. Today, we welcome three internationally-recognized experts in autonomous mining — Grant Moy, Ashley Richardson, and Dwayne Read — to lead our rapidly-growing mining division.

“This is a natural next step for our growing business,” said Brenton Welford, Vice President of Business Development, based in Perth, Australia. “Autonomy 2.0 is a game-changer. The expansion of the Australian team will not only support our major contracts in the region, but it will also position us as a market leader for the implementation of autonomy 2.0 in the mining industry.”

Australia has one of the world’s largest mining industries, worth $202 billion and accounting for more than 10% of the country’s economy. As demand for autonomy grows internationally, Australia’s booming mining industry is right on the brink of total transformation; led by our new mining team, SafeAI is poised to deliver that transformation.

  • Grant Moy joins SafeAI as Head of Operations, backed by a 25 year technology career spanning the mining, defense, government, and financial sectors across Australia, the US, and the UK. In that time, he has held various leadership, project management, and systems engineering roles. Most recently, Moy spearheaded strategy and execution for BHP in its Research and Development division, where he led the development of Integrated Mine Autonomy Platforms and helped deliver BHP’s first OEM Autonomous Haulage systems.
  • Ashley Richardson joins as Solution Architect. A solution architect and development team leader, he brings 20 years of technology experience to the role. Most recently, he was a Senior IT Consultant at Anglo American, where he designed and developed a Mining Scheduling module. Before that, he was the Solution Architect, and Area Product Owner for Interoperability, for the Integrated Autonomous Mining Platform (iMAP) program at BHP.
  • Dwayne Read joins as Agile Coach and Scrum Master. Throughout his 30-year-career he has held a range of technical and leadership positions across industries including mining, defense, oil & gas, and education. For the last 20 years, he has been specifically focused on the applied use of Agile techniques for systems engineering, committed to optimizing product and project engineering development activities within organizations. Notably, he served as Lead Agile Coach at Rio Tinto across several technology initiatives and more recently was the Lead Agile Coach for a mine autonomy program at BHP.

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Together, these three experts bring decades of industry experience and a proven track record of accomplishment in autonomous mining. They will be responsible for advancing our autonomous ecosystem, supporting our existing customers in the region, and collaborating closely with new customers and partners as SafeAI continues to grow its footprint in Australia.

“The mining industry is at the forefront of deploying autonomous and connected technologies — and right now, it’s on the cusp of an autonomous revolution,” says Bibhrajit Halder, founder & CEO at SafeAI. “As one of the largest mining industries in the world, Australia has a tremendous opportunity to set the tone for what the future of the industry can, and should, look like. As we welcome Grant, Ash, and Dwayne, I believe we’ve found precisely the right people to lead the charge and deploy autonomy, at scale. Our customers are in excellent hands as they look to deploy autonomy to create safer, more efficient, and more profitable mining operations.”