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.

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

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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.

Biarri EMI to exhibit at Australasian Oil and Gas Conference 2019

Biarri EMI is excited to announce that we have accepted a SME exhibiting pod in National Energy Resources Australia’s (NERA) Innovation Station at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG), taking place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 – 15 March 2019.

AOG is a showcase of the latest products and services impacting the oil and gas sector that attracts over 8,000 global visitors, providing opportunities to network and learn about the latest technological and innovative breakthroughs which will drive the industry into the future.

Biarri EMI will join 11 other exciting SMEs exhibiting in the NERA Innovation Station, where we will demonstrate our Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation (DIMO) solution and network with industry professionals seeking new technologies to maximise productivity, decrease costs and minimise risk.

DIMO is a Biarri EMI solution focusing on the management, scheduling, and optimisation of our customer’s maintenance workforce for distributed assets such as unconventional gas wells, downstream pipeline infrastructure and distribution networks. Find out more about DIMO by reading our case study.

For further information about AOG 2019 or to register, visit: https://aogexpo.com.au/.

Maximise productivity, reduce travel time and minimise risk with DIMO

Our Distributed Infrastructure Maintenance Optimisation solution (DIMO) 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 hassle free user experience for planners and maintenance supervisors to reduce time spent manually creating plans, which optimises the utilisation of resources.

BACKGROUND

• Our customers operate and maintain thousands of assets across large regions in central Queensland.
• Operational and maintenance schedules were built manually without the support of mathematical optimisation.

CHALLENGE

• Manual scheduling takes large amounts of time and allows inefficiencies in well visitation and worker travel time.
• Our customers needed an optimisation tool to empower them to develop more efficient schedules.

SOLUTION

• DIMO automatically generates schedules considering thousands of activities and hundreds of workers across multiple weeks.
• DIMO integrates with customers’ key systems and replaces their Excel-based rostering system.
• Deployed on the web-based Biarri Workbench framework.
• Powerful maths is tailored to the specific problem.

RESULTS

• 30% increase in tool time and 20% reduction in travel per activity.
• 10% reduction in repeat visits to wells due to alignment.
• Schedules generated in under 1 hour.