The heart of the issue for mining organisations is that they need to look at data as they might do a precious metal, and establish the infrastructure and expertise to extract, share, and analyse this new gold. On top of this, they also need to build data security throughout their operations to protect this highly valuable asset.
Mining businesses need to start with improving data access and relevance. Experimentation and innovation can only ignite when the right people across organisations are able to see the data and apply it to their specific challenges, discovering new ways of working. Miners already produce large amounts of data from sensors embedded across operations – either directly such as through surveys, or indirectly as a by-product from their general operations such as in fleet management or secondary data produced from drilling and blast hole activity.