Can the virtual world improve mining?

By Alexandre
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Imagine a world in which you could experience anything you wanted to without risk to yourself or your pocket book? What would you choose to do?

In the virtual world, you can experience skydiving off of a building. That is probably something none of us would actually do in real life, but might try if there were no risks of failure in a simulated version of reality.

The virtual world is being used to explore and innovate in some fascinating and world changing ways, beyond personal experiences, as technology has developed to a point where data from the real world informs simulations of them. Take for example, the Living Heart project in which scans of hearts are used in conjunction with expected and actual performance data to allow doctors to diagnose and recommend actions for patients. The Living Heart also allows surgeons to practice operating on a patient in a simulated environment.

This type of technology can be applied in mining today as well. 3D Lidar scanning is common place, as is the collection of data on mining performance. This information can be turned into a virtual version of a mine site, one in which problems can be diagnosed and options for improvements investigated. Since this virtual world is a simulation of the real one, ideas can be explored that would be otherwise deemed too costly or risky. These ideas might be small, such as scheduling, or larger, involving a reconfiguration of the mine site.

With a virtual environment in which to visualize, explore, and change things, continuous innovation becomes possible. This is not just continuous improvement, but one in which provocative ideas can be proven and improved upon before being deployed.

 

Watch “Exploring the 3DEXPERIENCE Mine” to learn more,

with Marni Rabasso, Vice President of Natural Resources, Dassault Systèmes .

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Taking the lid off at Dundee Precious Metals

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The mining industry has some catching up to do, according to Rick Howes, CEO of Dundee Precious Metals. He says that compared to other industries, mining is decades behind in technology adoption. But he thinks mining companies can take control of their operations with a better set of tools and processes.

The days of simply increasing mine production to raise revenues are quickly drawing to a close, said Rick Howes, CEO of Canada-based Dundee Precious Metals. Howes believes mining’s credibility in delivering the business results stakeholders expect is suffering, and technology may be integral to the industry achieving future success.

With costs climbing and the industry hit by a downturn in cyclical metal prices, Howes said mining companies must focus on operational performance and project delivery through attention to detail. “We have to deliver the kind of value our stakeholders – from stockholders to employees to the communities in which we operate – expect,” he said. “Mining has an image and credibility problem that requires new and innovative thinking on how we manage the entire mining asset lifecycle.”

When the 33-year industry veteran became COO and Executive VP at Dundee, one of his first challenges was to revitalize the company’s Chelopech mine in Bulgaria. Under Howes’ direction, Dundee undertook a transformation, called “Taking the Lid Off” to operational performance excellence.

“We coined the phrase ‘Taking the Lid Off’ because an underground mine is a dark hole,” Howes explained. “No one really knows what’s happening in real time because you can’t see it. We need to be able to ‘visualize’ the mine all the time.”

Watch here the Dundee’s story

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The Six Critical Steps to Transforming Your Mining Business

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The goal of every mining executive is to ensure their businesses and operations are economically sustainable for the long-term by being able to thrive even when commodity demand varies. This is, as we know, easier said than done, especially in an industry that has been averse to change.

Where do should executives begin and what can they do to ensure that operational improvements and increases to productivity and efficiency are maintained and built upon? The achievement of “Operational Stability” holds the key.

Getting to a point of operational stability involves a cultural change in the way the business is run. To ensure your organization arrives at the destination you set for it, you need to be the flight commander and provide the ground control system. Your flight plan, the vision, must be understood and acted upon by your pilots, the people who will execute it. The ground control systems, the supporting infrastructure, must be in place to help both you and your team navigate their way and monitor their progress.

To ensure your organization arrives at the destination you set for it, you need to be the flight commander and provide the ground control system. Your flight plan, the vision, must be understood and acted upon by your pilots, the people who will execute it. The ground control systems, the supporting infrastructure, must be in place to help both you and your team navigate their way and monitor their progress

Based on interviews with mining executives, Dassault Systèmes’ Fiona Carew explores the “Six Steps to Operational Stability” that will set you on the path for success and ultimately set the foundation for enterprise-wide agility.

  1. Set Your Strategic Vision and Lead from the Top
  2. Move to a Lean Mining Business Process Model
  3. Adopt ISA-95 Architecture
  4. Automation is Required
  5. The System Must be Completely End-to-end
  6. Change Management is Critical

Watch a short video presentation to learn more

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