2018 - PI World - San Francisco - Mining / Metals / Materials
Metallurgy Analytics: Transforming Plant Data to Actionable Insights
The advent of digital revolution has now enabled us with numerous tools that could be leveraged to transform our operational data into actionable insights. Key opportunities with digitization include better visualization, transparency, integrated planning and execution for value-chain optimization, that results in smarter production, intelligent response to changes in ore, process and equipment conditions, reduce energy and waste along with prevention of asset breakdown, safety and environmental issues.
It is important to realize that these digital tools have limited value, from a metallurgical operational context, if we cannot bring-in the appropriate domain expertise along with getting the basics right. The focus within Barrick is to ensure that there is adequate depth of different disciplines built into our platforms along with breadth to integrate other disciplines such as geology and mining for an effective Mine-to-Mill integration.
Flank Engineering Inc
Jaco Steyn is the Director / Chief Engineer at Flank Engineering Inc.
Field of Study: Master of Business Administration, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
B.Eng Honours (Chemical Engineering), University of Pretoria, South Africa
B.Eng (Chemical), University of Pretoria, South Africa
Professional Engineers Ontario, Member
Jaco founded Flank Engineering in 2016 to follow his passion for process optimization, banking on his broad experience as a process engineer in the mining / metals industry.
While relatively new to the PI product suite, he has been able to quickly devise, implement, and scale numerous process analytics and business intelligence applications, utilizing a wide range of the PI product offerings.
His interest in the application of advanced data analytics for process optimization is and continue to be supported by the introduction of new PI system capabilities.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Tara Rana is Project Manager - Enterprise Processing at Barrick Gold Corporation