Por: Nieto, Antonio, Ph.D., Profesor y Catedrático de Recursos y Reservas Minerales, Escuela de Ingeniería de Minas, Universidad de Witwatersrand. Director de Tecnología e Innovación, Industrias Peñoles, México.AbstractThe innovation model here introduced is based on defining ultimate operational conditions that the mining industry will face in the near future. The model is designed to be consistent to any type of mining method or commodity being extracted, such as metal versus nonmetal mining, underground versus surface mining, and soft-rock versus hard-rock mining. The operational conditions are carefully defined to consider current and future technologies that are essential to develop now to stay competitive during the following decades. The model defines five innovation drivers based on five key future operational conditions: (1) achieving maximum safety, (2) simplifying systems, (3) using smart-intelligent systems, (4) designing stealth operations, and (5) following a sustainable strategy. The model focuses on each of the five drivers to map potential technologies and methods that must be developed today to achieve the ultimate operational conditions needed in the “mine of the future.” The model is the result of years of research, teaching, and consulting for the mining industry and can serve as the basis of an innovation road map for the mining industry in general.