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

Deloitte’s report recommends that mining companies:

  • “think big” in terms of understanding what’s possible, then begin defining organisational goals and approaches to digitisation
  • “start small”, testing and refining strategies in areas where the stakes aren’t too high
  • begin integrating data from across the enterprise, starting by building on existing capabilities such as IoT data collection, ERP systems and predictive modelling.

Biarri EMI’s predictive mathematics 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 predictive 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.

Biarri EMI welcomes growth guru Mark Austin

Mark Austin joined the Biarri EMI leadership team in November 2018, and is responsible for pursuing new business opportunities and contributing to the growth of Biarri EMI in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.

As an award-winning, dynamic and entrepreneurial Senior Executive and Strategist with a 25+ year record of achievement, Mark has demonstrated success driving multi-million-dollar growth, while providing sales leadership in highly competitive markets.

Mark is adept at driving growth of company revenues and improving business performance through sales, operations and commercial negotiation. An exceptional mentor and coach, he is tenacious in building new business, securing customer loyalty, and forging strong relationships with external and internal business partners.

Mark is skilled at framing large and complex projects across multiple business stakeholders. He has extensive experience in providing operational technology solutions to the resources and infrastructure sectors, and enjoys being part of, and leading, a successful and productive team.

Biarri EMI CEO Dan Sutherland said he is delighted to have Mark on board and is excited to leverage his substantial experience in affording customers in the energy, resources and infrastructure industries access to cutting-edge technological solutions.

“Mark is an asset to the Biarri EMI team, and we look forward to building on our existing successes in improving operational safety, efficiency and sustainability for our existing and prospective customers,” he said.

Boost operational control, visibility and efficiency with kavern

Take control of your operations and find smarter solutions by trialling kavern, our algorithmic web app built on Biarri’s workbench platform. kavern enables easy data capture, reporting and a simple to digest spatial mine visualisation – coupled with powerful automated scheduling capability.

  • Integrated shift planning
  • Optimised load + haul schedule
  • Prioritised ore sources
  • Integrates with data sources
  • Configurable safety rules
  • Mine design powered schematic
  • Full and partial re-optimisation
  • Shift plan issue

Access the collective intelligence of Biarri’s global network 

Want to increase production and safety on your site?

We would love to discuss your strategy for an optimised scheduling and short interval control solution. What excites you? What challenges do you see? How do you envision your plan changing down the road? At minimum, you’ll leave with some interesting facts about how other Mine Managers are making an impact on production targets. Email us to book a 15 minute call.

Biarri EMI contributes to the Future of Mining

Biarri EMI is excited to announce that Chief Executive Officer Dan Sutherland will speak at Future of Mining Australia 2019, taking place at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel from 25-26 March.

The Future of Mining will address the key strategic and operational questions that matter from project and operations level management through to the boardroom. The event is designed to step away from the traditional transactional conference model to provide a transformational experience.

Dan will present about Mathematical Mining on the Insight Stage on Tuesday 26 March at 1:15pm. His presentation will highlight the impact of commercial mathematics and how it empowers miners and organisations to make smarter business decisions.

“I am looking forward to discussing how mining customers have benefited from adopting our optimisation and advanced data analytics tools, and meet other like-minded futurists, who are interested in transformative technology and how it can improve efficiency, sustainability and reduce risk for the industry as a whole,” he said.

Dan joins other expert speakers, who are leaders from across the industry in an agenda curated through the knowledge capital of Australia’s Mining Monthly and Mining Magazine editorial teams.

For further information about Future of Mining Australia or to register, visit: https://australia.future-of-mining.com/static/home. We hope to see you there!

Increase throughput and improve safety and compliance with kavern

At Biarri EMI, we are passionate about how commercial mathematics can empower miners to make smarter business decisions. To this end, we’ve developed a fully optimised scheduling and short interval control solution for load and haul in underground hard rock mines that maximises throughput, optimises shift plans, and increases safety and compliance.

But, don’t take our word for it. What does Newcrest Mining think?

“I am very impressed with Kavern’s ability to quickly and accurately solve the increasingly critical load and haul fleet optimisation concerns here in Telfer. Kavern has exceeded our expectations and delivered quantitative improvements in the tonne kilometre per hour rates for the trucking fleet and in the utilisation of loaders. It has become an integral tool in improving our capability to highlight and take advantage of short interval control opportunities on a daily basis by reducing planning time and responses to our complex mining interactions. Kavern also improves management oversight through a great visual snap shot of real-time states/availabilities which has been readily accepted by both Newcrest and Byrnecut management” – Brad Brown, Underground Control Room Supervisor – Telfer, Newcrest Mining.

Want to increase production and compliance on your site?

We would love to discuss your strategy for an optimised scheduling and short interval control solution. What excites you? What challenges do you see? How do you envision your plan changing down the road? At minimum you’ll leave with some interesting facts about how other Mine Mangers are making an impact on production targets. Book a 15 minute call.