Digital Mining

Digital technology has the potential to transform the way the minerals industry operates and could reduce capital intensity and cost of production, make production safer, and drastically reduce environmental footprint while enhancing social performance. 

Extract of interview with Dr Anthony Hodge - Conversations about mining and society

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Program Leader

Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

Group Leader - Advanced Process Prediction and Control

In the early 1800s, introduction of the steam engine transformed our industry from small-scale manual to large-scale mechanised complexes. Later disruptions include mass production in the 1900s, and advances in electronics and robotics in 1970s and 1980s which led to the application of process control and automation. The digital revolution which began from the late 1950s has transformed mechanical and analogue electronic technology to digital electronics. Since 2000, the exponential evolution of digital technology is disrupting not only the industry but all aspects of human life.

Some leading companies have taken the disruptive path to build the architecture for a digital platform. However, recent surveys show that less than 10% of mining companies have a comprehensive digital strategy and are able to realise the value of digital technology (Yeates, 2017). Most companies are struggling with linking several digital data platforms implemented for different aspects of the value chain and finding it difficult to translate digital data into meaningful knowledge and to effectively apply that knowledge. Other barriers to implementation include geographical spread of operations in remote locations, access to the workforce who is trained to implement a digital platform, infrastructure for connecting operations and transferring digital data (JKTech, 2017).