As the mining sector prepares to embrace and reap the rewards of digital innovations in the industry, mining technology becomes more important – and makes it possible to pinpoint productivity and safety issues through advanced simulations.
Digital mining laboratories, such as the recently launched Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine), use technology to teach mine safety and efficiency to local engineering students and mining graduates.
The initiative, launched by Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute (WMI), oversees how a simulated technology-driven mining environment can assist mines in improving their operations, boost safety and productivity.
The simulation, situated in the Chamber of Mines building on the West Campus of Wits University, includes a vertical shaft in a stairwell, a tunnel and stope in the basement, as well as a range of communication and digital systems to enable data research.
Decision Inc. Immix leverages the Microsoft Dyanmics 365 technology to provide mining specific software across a variety of modules. Other investments in Microsoft’s software are also leveraged providing a reduced cost of ownership.
This type of mining simulations are instrumental in the application of digital technologies for the safety and efficiency of mining operations, above and underground, and a step in the direction of the fourth industrial revolution.
The South African mining industry stakeholders can only benefit from the latest advancements in innovative technologies such as data analytics, business intelligence (BI), InternetofThings (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
As businesses continue to invest in intelligent mining resources and operations across the total life of mine (LOM) spectrum, such partnerships with research institutions and academic programmes involving multi-disciplinary research become critical.
These facilities not only draw on the latest technology but also on valuable industry expertise from local and international partners.
Ultimately, digital mining initiatives contribute to the sustainability, safety, competitiveness and future of the mining environment by applying real-time digital solutions for reducing mining risk and increasing mining efficiency. Consequently, these solutions are instrumental in reducing poverty and contributing to the growth of the economy.
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DecisionInc.Immix’s software provides extensive exploration, Mining, and Mineral Process (xMMP) solutions for key mining requirements, including functionality required for nearly all of the Total Life of Mine (LOM) requirements.
Microsoft Dynamics AX serves as the platform for the xMMP product suite and is a world-class global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution used by over 20 000 businesses across the globe.