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The digital twin in mining vanity or value?

Creating a digital twin of your mining operations is an expensive and intensive journey. The question is, will it produce value or is it just a vanity project driven by ego and profit seeking consultants?

In essence the digital twin of a mining operation is the real time digital copy representing, in 3D, the state and status of the sum, and the parts of the operation and its assets over time. Deloitte define the digital twin as fundamentally, an evolving digital profile of the historical and current behavior of a physical object or process that helps optimize business performance.

The worth of having a doppelganger of an operation was dramatically proven in 1970 by NASA during the famous Apollo 13 space mission’s “successful failure”. 55 Hours after launching and about 220 000 miles from earth, an explosion in the Command Module’s no