Large mining and metallurgical complexes have more data than a small city and much of it is in "real time", changing rapidly as internal and external conditions evolve. As corporations buy and sell assets and reorganize their staff, the structure and tools that were used to understand these data are lost. This results in significant deterioration in the ability to maintain a "smart" operation.
By embracing a real time infrastructure with a data centric approach, mining companies are enabling their people to optimize the availability of their assets and reducing operating costs. The integration of mine to mill for energy optimization is one of the most critical factors, due to the large changes in the mineralogy as the mine ages.
This presentation will summarize how early adopters are empowering their local and strategic support teams to get insight from the overall process effectiveness index based on key variables such as losses due to (mobile or static) equipment availability, grade recovery optimization, and energy savings.
Three commonalities become evident:
- People empowerment aligned to Enterprise Mission,
- A continuous Improvement and Innovation program at the local and enterprise, and
- A data Infrastructure to facilitate local and enterprise business intelligence.
In summary, these organizations are embracing a smart data infrastructure to move ahead to become leaders in their field.
Osvaldo Bascur's contributions have been in the design and implementation of real time data infrastructure to Improve Energy and Water Management in Industrial Plants with Mining, Metallurgical, Oil and Gas, Pulp and Paper and Power Generation companies. He was a process control supervisor with Duval Corporation (now Freeport McMoRan). He also worked at Pennzoil Products Company (now Shell) for 10 years. He is the recipient of the most honorable Antoine Gaudin Award from the Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (SME) in 2013. He has a CheE and MetE from the University of Concepcion, and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah. He is also a member of AIChE, SME, AIST, ISA and IFAC.