Sharing thoughts on Analytics

Andries Loubser, Director for Enterprise Solutions at MineRP shares his view on Mining Optimization and Analytics in the light of the 2015 SAIMM conference. I recently had the opportunity to speak at the SAIMM Optimisation Conference on opportunities for improvement in mining operations using MineRP and IBM technology. The conference attracted representatives from top companies within the mining industry from precious metals to base metals, consultants, technology providers as well as owner operators. I believe the South African mining industry has great potential to benefit from optimisation principles and tools to bring about stability, improvement and associated confidence to the market.

Mining Business Optimisation 101

What do we mean by optimisation? Whilst there is varied usage of the word ‘optimisation’, the one thing in common is a desire to seek improvements impacting the bottom line of the mining business. The SAIMM two day optimisation conference with 12 papers and 23 presentations covered the analytical hierarchy from top to bottom and the mining value chain from end to end. Presenters from the ranks of mining technical services professionals, industry consultants and academia gave us a good mix of both theory and practice. There were shared practical experiences aplenty, highlighting tools and methodologies along the way. For those of you interested in a more disciplined look into the area of opti

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