DIMO delivers automated, intelligent scheduling for Origin Energy

Biarri EMI is looking forward to Origin Energy‘s Integrated Gas eAM Administrator James Rasmussen’s presentation at this year’s Mainstream Conference, entitled “Transition to Automated Activity Scheduling Technology”, which will showcase our Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution DIMO.

During the presentation, James will illustrate how adopting DIMO has enabled a multi-disciplinary capability in maintaining and operating Origin’s coal seam gas assets and infrastructure that occupy a wide expanse of southwest and central Queensland.

Ahead of the conference, we caught up with James for a brief interview about his professional journey, the state of play for enterprise asset management in the energy sector, the impact of adopting DIMO, and emerging industry trends. Read on to discover what he had to say.

 


What is your current role at Origin? What does this entail?

I am an Enterprise Asset Management Administrator providing strategic guidance, tactical support and analytical insights to Origin Energy’s Integrated Gas asset master data. I am accountable for ongoing governance of master data standards and data integrity within the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS), as well as alignment with Origin’s core Manage Assets processes.

My responsibilities include providing oversight and direction during periods of mass data loads and/or change, as well as providing functional uplift of wider engineering and maintenance user groups.

What are some of the key operational and business challenges you see in your role?

In my role as Enterprise Asset Management Administrator, some of the key challenges include managing changing expectations of asset and maintenance master data consumers through periods of organisational change, as well as technological disruption. I provide broader knowledge and uplift to engineering and project teams to ensure implications of operational readiness and change is reflected in CMMS master data.

Which challenges is DIMO addressing for Origin? How does it help?

DIMO provides a platform to consolidate multiple sources of resource and work records. For the first time a complete, consolidated list of people resources (both Origin employees and contractors) is available to assess availability and competencies. DIMO’s scheduling optimisation engine allows automated scheduling functionality through use of intelligent business defined algorithms.

DIMO offers the digital and user interfaces necessary to expose, consolidate and consume key scheduling data, transforming it into information and subsequently into a knowledge base with ongoing machine learning capability.

What are the key benefits of using DIMO?

DIMO represents a step change in the way work scheduling is undertaken. Automated, intelligent scheduling provides consistent, repeatable outputs in line with business defined rules. It is this automated functionality that frees up the time of planners and schedulers to focus on high value planning and master data improvement tasks.

Are there any bottom-line results or measurements of success you can share?

DIMO’s rostering tool has provided an immediate improvement in our ability to visualise and consume resource information, providing business confidence that scheduled work is able to be supported with available, competent people.

 Which emerging trends do you see impacting asset management in the energy sector in the near future?

It’s great to see development in the area of digital forms on mobile devices that can capture results of work and can transpose these results back into the CMMS as structured data elements that define future actions as well as providing an automated, clearly defined asset history.

Extending on the transition from forms-based, written work instructions to video-based guidance, the application of emerging technologies associated with augmented reality is a space that looks incredibly exciting.


A huge thank you to James Rasmussen for taking the time to speak with us, and for recognising and sharing how DIMO has assisted Origin Energy. In addition to DIMO being featured in the “Transition to Automated Activity Scheduling Technology” presentation, Biarri EMI will also be exhibiting at the event. Head to https://www.mainstreamconf.com/ for more information on the conference and to secure your tickets. We hope to see you there!


About James Rasmussen:

James is an asset and maintenance systems professional with over 30 years’ experience spanning the asset intensive sectors of CSG, power generation, mining and heavy manufacturing. He enjoys leading and participating in high performance teams with significant and successful businesses, using Oracle and SAP business systems, as well as the many peripheral analytics: scheduling, reliability, safety systems that are native to these businesses. James is skilled at providing strategic guidance, tactical support and analytical insight to all asset maintenance master data as well as ensuring sustained governance of standards and data integrity.

About DIMO:

DIMO makes asset management and maintenance scheduling easy, helping businesses like Origin get maximum value from their resources and reducing compliance risks. DIMO is used to schedule preventative and corrective maintenance across thousands of hectares of upstream gas wells in Australia. On average, DIMO delivers a 30% increase in tool time and a 20% reduction in travel time, while generating schedules in under 1 hour.

For more information, visit: https://biarriemi.com/dimo/.

Commercial mathematics for coal mining – Biarri EMI to host WIMARQ event

Biarri EMI is proud to be hosting a Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) event entitled Commercial mathematics for coal mining on Tuesday 27 August at Queensland Resources Council in Brisbane CBD. Biarri EMI CEO Dan Sutherland will introduce Optimisation Consultant Alina Motygullina, who will share mine site lessons learned from her recent first FIFO hitch at a Queensland open-cut coal mine.

The project Alina was working on involved data collection of a diverse range of operational variables from multiple stakeholders, with the objective of optimising business processes from ROM to port to maximise revenue.

Alina will discuss her experience at site implementing these commercial mathematics solutions, including some of her expectations going into the project, the challenges she faced, and the lessons learned.

Prior to commencing with Biarri EMI, Alina was working as a research scientist at the Centre for Advanced Imaging and awarded a PhD degree in Medical Physics from the University of Queensland.

Alina is passionate about data mining, cleaning, wrangling, and visualisation and how to translate this analysis into coherent and customer-friendly storytelling. She believes in measurable success and has a strong focus on data power for smart decision-making and user experience.

Mining professionals who are interested in hearing about Alina’s experience at site and learning how commercial mathematics and optimisation can benefit their businesses bottom-line are invited to attend the event.

Thank you to Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) for the opportunity to host this event. To register for the lunch and learn session, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/commercial-mathematics-for-coal-mining-tickets-65769294731.


About WIMARQ

Women in Mining and Resources Queensland is a diverse community of passionate people who collaborate to connect, nurture and support women in industry. This group of volunteers organise opportunities for the mentoring, support and encouragement of women who are working in, studying for or taking a break from the minerals and energy sectors. WIMARQ recognises companies and individuals who champion gender diversity and make available information to inform members about gender diversity issues, strategies and statistics through the annual Resources Awards for Women. Women and men from all sections of the sector are warmly welcomed to attend WIMARQ events, which are held in Brisbane and regional locations.

About Biarri EMI

Biarri EMI is bringing the power of commercial mathematics and prescriptive analytics to the energy and resources sector. While predictive analytics answers the question ‘what will happen?’, our technology answers the question ‘what should I do?’. This gives industry businesses the ability to make better decisions. Biarri EMI is made up of professional mathematicians who specialise in the resources sector, and bring their in-depth knowledge of the industry to their work. With access to the varied skillset of the wider Biarri team, Biarri EMI ensure the delivery of timely, effective, fit-to-measure solutions.

Biarri EMI’s DIMO solution in the spotlight at Mainstream Conference 2019

Biarri EMI is honoured to announce that Origin Energy‘s Integrated Gas eAM Administrator James Rasmussen’s presentation at this year’s Mainstream Conference, entitled “Transition to Automated Activity Scheduling Technology”, will showcase our Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution DIMO.

During the presentation, James will illustrate how adopting DIMO has enabled a multi-disciplinary capability in maintaining and operating Origin’s coal seam gas assets and infrastructure that occupy a wide expanse of southwest and central Queensland.

Dan Sutherland, Biarri EMI CEO, says that Origin is not the only customer he has seen impacted by the complexities of scheduling.

“Traditionally, energy and resources companies have used disparate manual systems to schedule workers and assets. Often schedules are created in isolation, resulting in a lack of visibility between inter-departmental business units, along with undocumented rules or processes for the manual pathway.  This is a time consuming and cumbersome approach to complex and critical processes.”

“Industry players are beginning to drive modernisation of these core processes, having a huge benefit to workers and revenue streams, while reducing costs and supporting the strategic growth of their business,” he said.

Taking place from 12 – 13 August 2019 at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne, the Mainstream Conference will be a celebration of the people, leadership and technology transforming Asset Management.

Biarri EMI is excited to see this year’s Mainstream program evolve and progress to acknowledge that maintenance and reliability have moved beyond their operational role. These areas are fast transforming into a core, focused, and disciplined strategic business function, with people, technology and new standards acting as the essential enablers of this transformation.

In addition to DIMO being featured in the “Transition to Automated Activity Scheduling Technology” presentation, Biarri EMI will also be exhibiting at the event. A huge thank you to James Rasmussen for recognising and sharing how DIMO has assisted Origin Energy.

“Origin’s CSG assets and infrastructure occupy a wide expanse of southwest and central Queensland. Because of travelling time – and disparate work management systems – a consolidated ‘field service maintain/operate’ model was necessary rather than the traditional maintenance functionality provided by our incumbent ERP solution.

“DIMO sharpened our business focus to develop a multi-disciplinary capability to maintain and operate the assets.”

Head to https://www.mainstreamconf.com/ for more information on the conference and to secure your tickets.


About DIMO:

DIMO makes asset management and maintenance scheduling easy, helping businesses like Origin get maximum value from their resources and reducing compliance risks. DIMO is used to schedule preventative and corrective maintenance across thousands of hectares of upstream gas wells in Australia. On average, DIMO delivers a 30% increase in tool time and a 20% reduction in travel time, while generating schedules in under 1 hour.

For more information, visit: https://biarriemi.com/dimo/.

Opportunities for optimisation in oil and gas – Biarri EMI at AMSI Optimise 2019

Biarri EMI has joined forces with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute to bring you AMSI Optimise 2019. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth from 17-21 June and will focus on optimisation as an increasingly crucial field for industry to drive growth and profitability.

Now in its third year, AMSI Optimise brings together industry leaders from the natural resources sector, academic experts and the nation’s current postgraduate talent. The event provides a platform to understand industry drivers and foster research collaborations, connecting business with Australia’s future workforce. The themes of the 2019 conference are mining, oil & gas, agriculture and water.

AMSI Optimise 2019 will comprise a three-day industry-focused conference, followed by a two-day research workshop. The symposium features expert and end-user talks, international guest speakers, collaboration showcases, industry challenge sessions and tutorials, including a presentation entitled “Opportunities for optimisation in oil and gas and considerations for uptake” from Biarri EMI CEO Dan Sutherland.

Oil and Gas currently account for over 50% of the world’s energy demand, and according to the IEA World Energy Outlook, this demand will continue beyond 2040. In fact, gas demand is expected to be the only fossil fuel to substantially increase over the coming years becoming the largest fuel in the global energy mix. These trends highlight the importance of efficiency in gas supply.

Given the ever-increasing pressure from global competitors, the need for improved efficiency is more important than ever. Accessing the insights held within organisations, data drives the ability to assess, react, and shift priorities. Given the huge volumes of data and its complexities, this talk will focus on opportunities for mathematical optimisation in gas, primarily focusing on upstream gas production.

“During the presentation, we will deep-dive and focus on optimisation opportunities across both developing and operating projects, and core and auxiliary functions. Finally, I will finish with some considerations for the optimisation community on uptake and implementation of algorithms” – Dan Sutherland.

If you are interested in hearing from sixteen international and domestic thought leaders, and learning about the future of mathematical optimisation in the mining, oil & gas, agriculture and water sectors, register for AMSI Optimise 2019 here.


About Dan Sutherland

Dan uses the power of mathematics to deconstruct and predict patterns and changes in business process and activity focusing on improving operational efficiencies of machinery, schedules, people rostering and equipment maintenance. As CEO, Dan has consulted and overseen successful projects in the resources sector using mathematics as the driving force to optimise:

  • Short interval control and shift planning for Newcrest Mining
  • People and activity scheduling at large scale high capital assets for Origin EnergyShell, and Santos
  • Cross-industry people rostering to proactively manage the movement and rosters of people for Harmony Gold, Origin Energy, and BMA
  • Asset auto design for intensive capital projects including the design of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Conventional Gathering Networks
  • Further strategic and operational analytics projects for international companies, such as BP, Shell, Santos, Newcrest, Harmony Gold and more.

Shining a light on mine workers’ mental health – Biarri EMI and Trademutt partner at Austmine 2019

Are you heading to Austmine 2019? The conference exploring the next horizon of mining innovation is taking place from 21-23 May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.

If you are attending, be sure to say g’day to Biarri EMI Growth Lead Mark Austin, who will be hard to miss, sporting a multi-coloured shirt from the Trademutt tradie line. Biarri EMI is proud to partner with the bold new social enterprise, who are expanding into the resources sector with the release of their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) line in June 2019.

Trademutt is a workwear brand by tradies, for tradies. Their goal is to tackle suicide in Australia head on, and in doing so, make the Aussie workforce look great, feel great and be part of a movement that will change the face of mental health forever.

Trademutt shirts wear the logo This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS) across the back, as five per cent of Trademutt profits go towards funding the TIACS movement.

The Biarri EMI team is excited to continue showcasing our work that is transforming the energy and resources sector at Austmine 2019. We are extremely proud to be partnering with Trademutt, who will make a real difference for mental health awareness and suicide prevention in the mining industry.

For more information about Trademutt, visit: https://trademutt.com/.

Or to register for Austmine 2019, visit: https://austmineconference.com.au/.

Dan Sutherland to present at Global Mining Guidelines Group Forum in Tucson

Biarri EMI CEO and Algorithmic Leader Dan Sutherland is excited to be speaking at the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) Forum next Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 2.30pm in Tucson, Arizona. Dan’s presentation will look at what Mathematical Mining is, and why it is important on your journey to automation, with predictions about what the future holds.

The forum creates an opportunity to discuss key issues for the global mining community, including autonomous mining, interoperability, the “connected” mine, and artificial intelligence (AI), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), within the context of the American mining industry and discover opportunities to grow and innovate.

Dan uses the power of mathematics to deconstruct and predict patterns and changes in business process and activity focusing on improving operational efficiencies of machinery, schedules, people rostering and equipment maintenance. As CEO, Dan has consulted and overseen successful projects in the resources sector using mathematics as the driving force to optimise:

  • Short interval control and shift planning for Newcrest Mining
  • People and activity scheduling at large scale high capital assets for Origin Energy, Shell, and Santos
  • Cross-industry people rostering to proactively manage the movement and rosters of people for Harmony Gold, Origin Energy, and BMA
  • Asset auto design for intensive capital projects including the design of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Conventional Gathering Networks
  • Further strategic and operational analytics projects for international companies, such as BP, Shell, Santos, Newcrest, Harmony Gold and more.

Dan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) First Class Honours, University Medal and as Class Valedictorian. He incorporates his background in Computational Neuroscience, a field of study in which mathematical tools and theories are used to investigate brain function, to help solve complex problems in the business world. His experience fuels his passion for creating swift and innovative solutions for the energy, mining and infrastructure industries.

If you would like to hear from over fifteen industry thought leaders, and exchange information and ask questions to help define mining’s collective vision, register for the GMG Forum: Tucson here.

Digitising decisions in the mining supply chain

Our recent article, Mathematical Mining in 2019, examined the possibilities presented by analytics and artificial intelligence for today’s mining organisations, based on Deloitte’s annual Tracking the Trends report. Here, we look to the report again, and focus on supply chain digitisation. What does a digitised supply chain mean for mining? And how should companies approach this monumental shift?

The status quo

Deloitte’s report notes that,

“unlike industries such as manufacturing and automotive, the mining sector still lags in its efforts to digitise the supply chain”.

While mining companies may have digitised specific pieces of equipment (like trucks or trains) they haven’t extended this approach across the entire supply chain.

“As a result, the data they generate from the technology they have installed exists in a vacuum.”

The potential

What would happen if all processes from pit to port in a mining operation were effectively digitised – harnessing analytics, AI, cognitive technologies, robotics, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The data generated from a comprehensive and integrated system of digital technologies across the supply chain would provide genuinely useful insights, says Deloitte. The benefits include:

  • reduced inventory costs through just-in-time procurement
  • enhanced asset utilisation rates
  • more dynamic and responsive EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) relationships, leading to improved production outcomes.

Where to next?

“Those organisations that crack the code around fully interlinking their supply chains can do more than break down operational silos,” explains Kevin Xu, Mining & Metals Leader for Deloitte China.

“They can also gain the end-to-end visibility they need to enhance their asset utilisation, operational efficiency, and productivity – realising hard dollar savings as a result.”

According to the report, a paradigm shift is needed.

“To create a more interconnected and responsive supply chain, mining companies need to stop thinking in linear terms and imagine instead a circular system that we call the digital supply network (DSN).”

A DSN:

  • integrates information from multiple sources (such as sensors, GPS data, core operations data)
  • predicts outcomes (such as equipment wear and tear, patterns of operator behaviour, inventory levels)
  • allows companies to make evidence-based decisions in order to streamline their supply chains, guiding them as they invest in targeted physical technologies (such as robotics, drones, and autonomous vehicles).

“It’s a virtuous loop, one that employs real-time data to accelerate decision-making, enhance transparency, and enable collaboration across the entire supply network,” the report points out .

Biarri EMI: steps to digitised supply chain

Biarri EMI’s tips for digitising decisions made in your mining organisation are:

  • Start small. Find low hanging fruit in the form of medium to large payback opportunities requiring low effort. These will help demonstrate the value of data-driven decision-making and build support within your organisation.
  • Plan it out. While starting small is critical, so is mapping out the end goal before you get too far. But watch out for the trap of over planning before you have any experience in the transition!
  • Fail quickly and small. Be prepared for the odd failures. Data-driven decision-making and digitisation are new concepts. This means there is huge opportunity for improvement but also opportunity to misstep – as on any journey. Set up your projects and initiatives to tolerate failure but ensure it is reached quickly to move on to better targets.
  • Deliver iteratively. Build an implementation approach that delivers value iteratively and quickly while building up towards larger deliverables. This ensures you bring value forward while also making sure the end result is relevant. In today’s fast paced world, long “big-bang” projects are at risk of being outdated before they are delivered.

Biarri EMI’s data-driven algorithmic products are worthwhile investments for mining companies on their journey to a digitised supply chain:

  • kavern is an algorithmic web app that provides prescriptive analytics to guide load and haul equipment scheduling on mine sites. It enables easy data capture, reporting and spatial mine visualisation, coupled with powerful automated scheduling capabilities.
  • Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution (DIMO) is used to schedule preventative and corrective maintenance of mining assets that are distributed over large distances. Like kavern, it introduces a spatial component to planning, and analyses data to automatically generate schedules.

Both kavern and DIMO integrate with third-party systems and data acquisition sources such as Pitram, as well as data upload from spreadsheets. This means that, while they deliver targeted point solutions in specific areas, they are capable of interacting with other systems and extending their business value across the supply chain.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

Dan Sutherland to sit on Digitisation Panel at AUSii

Biarri EMI CEO Dan Sutherland has been invited to sit on a panel at the Australia US Innovation and Investment (AUSii) Forum, hosted by The Australian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), a non-profit organization committed to fostering business relations between Australia and the United States.

The AACC’s 11th annual conference, entitled “Driving Innovation and Investment Between Australia and the US”, will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 in Houston, Texas, USA. This year the conference will focus on the most important topics impacting Australian and American businesses today, including:

  • The Asia Pacific economic climate and its impact on the US
  • An update on the global energy markets
  • Cross border and cross industry collaboration and innovation
  • The Blockchain revolution
  • Robotics, AI, Machine Learning – Digitalization strategies to transform businesses.

Dan will sit on the panel named “Machine Learning, AI, Robotics and Digitalization – how Australia’s talent is driving global change” and will discuss driving digitisation for the oil and gas sector with other panelists and over 150 peers attending the forum.

As the algorithmic leader and CEO of Biarri EMI, Dan uses the power of mathematics to deconstruct and predict patterns and changes in business process and activity focusing on improving operational efficiencies of machinery, schedules, people rostering and equipment maintenance. He has consulted and overseen successful projects in the resources sector using mathematics as the driving force to optimise:

  • Short interval control and shift planning for Newcrest Mining
  • People and activity scheduling at large scale high capital assets for Origin Energy, Shell, and Santos
  • Cross-industry people rostering to proactively manage the movement and rosters of people for Harmony Gold, Origin Energy, and BMA
  • Asset auto design for intensive capital projects including the design of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Conventional Gathering Networks
  • Further strategic and operational analytics projects for international companies, such as BP, Shell, Santos, Newcrest, Harmony Gold and more.

Dan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) First Class Honours, University Medal and as Class Valedictorian. He incorporates his background in Computational Neuroscience to help solve complex problems in the business world. His experience fuels his passion for creating swift and innovative solutions for the energy, mining and infrastructure industries.

If you are interested in identifying opportunities for your organisation, learning of best practices and connecting with leaders, partners and customers to help you execute in Australia and the US, register for the AACC AUSii forum here.

Biarri EMI selected as top ten global tech company transforming oil and gas

After extensive due diligence, Biarri EMI has been selected as one of the top ten emerging tech companies in the world that are currently deploying technologies that will revolutionise the oil and gas sector.

Biarri EMI CEO Dan Sutherland will present at a closed forum of super majors and top independents in Houston on 30 May 2019. The forum, organised by Darcy Partners in Houston, comes at the end of an extensive research study reviewing innovative new technologies from global companies.

The object of interest is Biarri EMI’s Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution (DIMO). The algorithmic asset-centric scheduling solution is used to schedule preventative and corrective maintenance across thousands of hectares of upstream wells in Australia. By integrating with the operator’s existing enterprise solutions, DIMO provides a simple user experience for planners, schedulers and supervisors. DIMO reduces time spent manually creating plans, while optimising the utilisation of resources and minimising production impact.

Sutherland highlighted the opportunity as a major milestone in the company’s move into the US market.

“Biarri EMI’s invitation and attendance at this forum is a recognition of the outstanding solutions and benefits we bring to the oil and gas industry in Australia. We are excited to bring our asset-centric scheduling solution DIMO, and most importantly the step change in efficiency DIMO brings with it, to the US oil and gas industry,” he said.

Dan Sutherland at NERA Innovation Station at AOG 2019

Discover how DIMO can maximise productivity, with an average 30% increase in tool time and 20% reduction in travel time per activity, while reducing repeat visits to wells due to alignment by an average of 10%, and generating schedules in under one hour, by reading the case study: https://biarriemi.com/maximise-productivity-reduce-travel-time-minimise-risk-dimo/

About Biarri EMI

Biarri EMI is a commercial mathematics company focused on supporting better business decisions in global energy, mining and infrastructure markets. We believe that predictive mathematics has the power to revolutionise the energy and resources sector, and the knowledge of the best course of action allows for optimal use of time and resources, increased throughput, and improved safety and compliance.

About Darcy Partners

Darcy Partners’ mission is to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in the oil and gas industry. They help client members find, evaluate, and select the innovative solutions that best meet their needs, while giving entrepreneurs and startups the opportunity to present and be visible to their end users. In addition to exclusive forums and highly curated whitepapers, Darcy Partners maintain live databases of every technology firm and their solutions.

Mathematical Mining in 2019

Deloitte’s annual Tracking the Trends report articulates the issues that are transforming the future of mining each year. Its 2019 edition notes that the mining industry is poised for growth, but that market realities have altered significantly in recent years due to geopolitical tensions and looming asset shortages.

“Disruption and volatility has become the new normal and the pace of change is outpacing our ability to adapt,” says Philip Hopwood, Global Leader – Mining & Metals for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. “This makes it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again.”

Glenn Ives, Americas Mining & Metals Leader for Deloitte Canada, echoes this prediction, pointing out that “the fourth industrial revolution represents a new era of business that can only be harnessed by leaders who have the courage of their conviction”.

It’s clear that 2019 is not a time for shrinking violets when it comes to mining leadership.

The frontier of analytics and artificial intelligence

Unsurprisingly, technology figures strongly in the mining trends that Deloitte identifies for 2019. In this article, we take a look at Trend 2: The frontier of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

By now, mining companies know that the increasing connectivity between physical and digital worlds holds the promise of better planned, safer and more efficient mining operations.

The focus now has shifted to what Deloitte refers to as the “maturity curve” of analytics – how well are mining organisations using AI; what value is being delivered; and where should they be focusing their investment?

AI and analytics maturity

The report notes that, in other industries across the world, most organisations are working at “Horizon 1” of AI: assisted intelligence, in which human assistance and interpretation is needed.

Leading organisations, however, are rapidly moving towards “Horizon 2”: augmented intelligence, where machine learning (“training” algorithms with large volumes of data which evolve the algorithm without it needing to be explicitly programmed) is augmenting human decisions.

In order to progress to Horizon 2 (or Horizon 3, where AI decides and executes autonomously), organisations need to be able to answer increasingly complex questions, from “what happened?” to “why did it happen?” and “what will happen?”

This involves moving from descriptive analytics (which uses statistical methods to understand data patterns and trends) to predictive analytics (which uses machine learning algorithms to learn from these data patterns and forecast future trends) and finally to prescriptive analytics (which embeds models into an organisation’s analytics layer to enable decision support).

“Increasing analytics maturity requires greater integration of data from multiple sources, and delivery of end-to-end planning and decision-making solutions that span multiple processes and operations,” the report points out. “Although it is necessary to have a big picture to work towards, it is better to build the foundational data and infrastructure platforms in an evolutionary way while delivering specific use cases, rather than trying to build it all up-front.”

Biarri EMI: prescriptive analytics solutions

Two of the mining-specific use cases identified in the report involve maintenance planning and haul scheduling. These are addressed by two prescriptive mathematics products developed by Biarri EMI: DIMO and kavern.

Algorithmic web app kavern provides prescriptive analytics to guide load and haul equipment scheduling on mine sites. Working at the advanced end of the analytics maturity curve, kavern enables easy data capture, reporting and spatial mine visualisation, coupled with powerful automated scheduling capabilities.

As a result, kavern:

  • optimises throughput and increases production
  • increases visibility
  • reduces planning time
  • increases safety compliance.

Biarri EMI’s Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution (DIMO) is used to schedule preventative and corrective maintenance of energy and resources assets that are distributed over large distances.

Like kavern, it introduces a spatial component to planning, and analyses data to automatically generate schedules. DIMO:

  • reduces time spent manually creating plans
  • optimises the utilisation of resources
  • drives productivity increases in maintenance and scheduling teams
  • reduces travel time and its related safety risks.

Crucially, both kavern and DIMO integrate with third-party systems and data acquisition sources such as Pitram, as well as data upload from spreadsheets. This means that, while they deliver targeted point solutions in specific areas, they are capable of interacting with other systems and extending their business value across multiple processes and operations. They provide a route for mining organisations to “think big, start small and scale fast”, as Deloitte’s research recommends. “The key is to get on with solving real problems and delivering value as quickly as possible, while keeping the big picture in mind”.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how Biarri EMI’s products are responding to the most pressing concerns in the resources sector today.