Barrick Gold recently signed an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with OSIsoft for the PI System real-time data infrastructure. This talk will briefly review the gold mining industry, currently undergoing a major downturn, and show how the downturn is affecting Barrick Gold. The talk will also discuss the need for an EA within Barrick and how it was justified and approved, despite being a significant unbudgeted item requested at the end of the fiscal year in a period of fiscal austerity. The rest of the talk will describe plans to use the EA, covering training, infrastructure deployment, energy and water management, process plant optimization, and mobile equipment.
Iain Allen has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, ranging from mapping and drilling in remote areas of Canada to his current position monitoring new and innovative technologies relevant to spatial data collection, management and analysis for Barrick Gold. In addition to a 5 year stint as an independent consultant, he has worked as an employee for companies of all sizes, ranging from BHP to smaller companies that no longer exist. Through his career he has worked in 15 different countries on 5 continents. While the bulk of his experience is in gold exploration and mining, he also has experience in base metal and diamond exploration. His primary goal for 2015 is to ensure a successful PI System deployment for Barrick!