The face of mining is changing, and continues to evolve as innovative and disruptive technology underpins an array of fundamental shifts across the mining value chain. From exploration, through to mine planning and ore processing, accelerated adoption of digital technologies across the sector has created new mining roles that never existed a mere decade ago.
Advances in automation, robotics and connected enterprise systems, for example, are enabling mining companies to embrace digital capabilities such as cloud-enabled mobility and big data-powered analytics. According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2017 report in partnership with Accenture, titled ‘Digital Transformation Initiative—Mining and Metals Industry’, a digitally enabled workforce remains central to the digitalisation of the mining sector. The report also predicted integrated enterprise platforms and ecosystems as another key theme essential to successful digitalisation efforts. As technology is leveraged to exchange and integrate data, people can do more work from afar. Collaboration is instantly boosted across the value chain.
This new state of play has not only created a paradigm shift for mining companies, but also for software providers who traditionally deployed technology at mine sites or corporate offices on desktops or servers. With a server and cloud-orientated database, disparate data across the platform is now consolidated into one place and can be accessed anywhere.
Technology in mining is the enabler for a digital workforce, which has heralded a new era for collaboration and connectivity. This is no more apparent than in the field of mine planning and scheduling. Below are four key ways RPMGlobal’s short-term scheduling solution, XECUTE, can help mining companies reap the full benefits of a digitally enabled workforce.
In today’s ever-changing environment, these four key digital elements are more important than ever. As our workforce is forced into a remote working environment, communication and collaboration are paramount. Importantly, they can only be achieved digitally. Through the implementation of systems such as XECUTE, we can certainly be prepared for whatever the future brings.