The Next Wave of Digital Transformation: The “Manufacturization” of Mining

By Alexandre
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In a recent article from Mining Weekly titled “Digital transformation now a top priority for mines worldwide – analyst” Emilie Ditton, International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia and Pacific energy and worldwide mining practices research director, explains what is driving mining companies to utilize the data they generate to improve business performance.

The need to improve the bottom line, coupled with responses in automation and mechanization are helping to drive the need for digital transformation. According to Ditton, “between 30% and 40% of mining companies worldwide have increased the amount that they were spending on IT, in particular in their operations units … This has ensured that a foundational layer of technological investment has been established within mining companies; it has also shifted the culture internally about the role that technology needs to play in mining”

She adds that IDC research indicates that 20% of mining companies will achieve operational excellence by looking to the lean processes used by manufacturing, which will require standardization of enterprise resource planning and operational software integration.

For a roadmap to transformation, the mining industry should consider looking to manufacturing companies such as Toyota, Jaguar or Doosan, who have employed a collaborative digital platform to connect everyone in the enterprise, from the c-suite to the shop floor. With this solution, from Dassault Systèmes, they have created a single source of information from engineering, to businesses processes, enable sustainable innovation.

Already in mining, some companies such as Dundee Precious Metals, referenced in the Mining Weekly article by Ditton as an early innovator, have begun to make significant progress toward digitalizing their businesses. She calls Dundee an example of a company that is implementing “‘manufacturization” in its mining business, employing short interval control to monitor the performance of its operations in Europe.  The objective is to improve production rates and reduce costs without adding new equipment.

Watch a video case study on Dundee Precious Metals to see how they achieved a digital transformation with help from Dassault Systèmes.  Dundee Precious Metals, based in Toronto, took up a huge challenge to improve the operations of its mine in Chelopech, Bulgaria: double the production (1 million tons to 2 million tons per year) while decreasing extraction costs by 30%.  This required real-time communication and production management, which is a challenge in any enterprise, but especially so in an underground mine. For more information on mining technologies, take a look at the Perfect Mine and Plant Industry Solution Experience.

By , initially published April 11, 2017 on Dassault Systèmes North America Blog

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What is Cokal’s secret to lowering coal exploration drilling costs?

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Cokal Limited (Cokal) is an Australian listed (ASX:CKA) coal company, with interests in coal exploration in Kalimantan, Indonesia and Tanzania. Cokal’s premier project in Indonesia, Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM), covers 19,920 hectares (Ha) and straddles the Barito River. Proving up Coal Resources to the Australian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) Code standard for early production is their priority.

Initially, it saw 77 million tonnes (Mt) Total Resource comprised of 70Mt Inferred Resources and 7Mt Indicated Resources with 70% coking coal and 30% PCI (Pulverized Coal Injection). Using a Dassault Systèmes Mine Planning app, this estimate has been upgraded to 261Mt, comprised of 10.5Mt of Measured, 13.5Mt of Indicated and 237Mt of Inferred Resources.

Dassault Systèmes Mine Planning app increases Cokal’s productivity by identifying where to drill, saving valuable time and money. Incorporating the information from the initial outcrops, geologists create predictive holes in appropriate patterns, ultimately forming a drilling budget that provides drillers with the anticipated drillhole intersections.

Speaking about Dassault Systèmes Mine Planning app, Cokal’s Exploration and Resource Manager, Chris Turvey, says: “It helps to give you the confidence you need in your data to compile a reliable geological model.”

By identifying where and how deep to drill, Dassault Systèmes Mine Planning app avoids costly and time consuming wildcat drilling, a significant cost savings for Cokal. Once geologists receive the borehole information, they can update their data and re-generate the geological model to confirm the intersection location and determine the quality of the coal. Dassault Systèmes Mine Planning app can be used to quickly predict and gauge borehole results to determine the next steps for drilling.

Read more of Cokal’s story by downloading the case study.

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A More Dynamic Annual Planning Process

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One of the most critical yet least transparent processes in most mining companies is the Annual Business Planning process. With multiple operations and individuals contributing expertise and data, it can be a long, costly, and frustrating exercise, with the end results not always living up to expectations.

By looking to technology used by other industries to drive their planning processes, there is an opportunity for greater visibility into the planning process for mining. With collaborative platforms that establish consistency to data definitions and single source of truth is enabled. This can be further underpinned by bringing consistency to how global planning processes are governed for each contributor and site.

Geospatially aware collaboration platforms enable all stakeholders, regardless of where they are located in the world, to be connected to the process, with the ability to review progress geological models without the need for geology and mine planning software. These systems also allow head planners to define tasks, review gates and be alerted to issues when deliverables are in danger of falling behind.

Through dashboards and connectivity to all geological data, these systems bring greater control over the annual planning process, to shorten cycles, improve results, and deliver more control over the mining value chain.

Watch the short video “Integrated Global Mine Planning

with Dassault Systèmes’ Nicolas Jeannee, as he discusses issues that impact global planning and introduces collaborative platform with geospatial awareness that solves them.

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