Nova Systems Insights - Autonomous Mining Excellence
Nov 22, 2018
In today’s complex mining landscape, companies are exploring many ways to manage increased production targets and reduce risk to their employees whilst continuing to deliver sustained value to their stakeholders.
Steve Ashfield, Senior Technical Advisor, & Jason Coleman, System Engineer – Co-Lead Authors
Mining companies are looking toward autonomous (data enabled, smart and automated) solutions to manage this challenge and take control of their complete value chain.
Autonomous mining excellence means the following:
Autonomous mining – The integration of both intelligent and automated systems. Data enabled intelligent systems managing automated activities to deliver maximal value.
Excellence – Habitually ensuring that safety, quality and success surpass the highest standards.
There is substantial benefit for those mining companies that are successful in achieving true autonomous mining excellence:
- Removing people from significant hazards.
- Increasing predictability and decreasing variability.
- Achieving productivity headroom.
- Unlocking potential to measure, analyse and control the holistic value chain.
- Shifting from automated systems assisting people, to people optimising autonomous systems.
- Creating durable stakeholder value.
- Ensuring attractive operating metrics compared to the competition.
“…We have initiatives to integrate and automate operations to improve safety, unlock resources and create growth options”
Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Chief Executive Officer – December 2017
Since the inception of the third industrial revolution, mining companies have experienced the benefit of significant advancements in automated electro-mechanical technology. Manual activities have become mechanised, operational scale has increased, and some mass movement activities have become automated (haul trucks, trains, process plant).
Moving beyond the automation of activities, the next step is high-technology and intelligent systems, to more effectively gather and leverage operations data and information. These systems make the solution autonomous (smart), and not just automated.
“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that digital and data will be the fundamental game changer in our industry”
JS Jacques, Rio Tinto Chief Executive Officer – October 2018
To achieve the benefits that autonomous mining excellence affords, automated mining methods must be connected and integrated to intelligent systems – in doing so however, this significant opportunity is also paired with new challenges.
Building an autonomous mining platform requires the deliberate and forensic management of the complex interdependencies between many vendors and technologies whilst ensuring regulatory, safety and cyber security considerations are met. Human elements must be considered, from user experience to task allocation (roles, responsibilities and authorisation) between operators and the system. In short, many problems require complex solutions with no direct 1-1 relationships.
With such complexity, interrelated moving parts and interdependencies, the solution space can be considered a “system of systems”. Achieving excellence in autonomous mining operations therefore mandates a different way of thinking… “systems thinking”, the approach which holistically examines both problem and solution spaces for the best overall outcomes. By drawing on experiences across multiple industries, mining companies can:
- Adopt a system engineering approach, incorporating a Specify-Design-Test-Implement-Operate-Maintain methodology, which aims to help ensure both safety and productivity of autonomous mining.
- Implement an aerospace-styled safety approach to complement mining safety methods – with a focus on safety by design and enhancing system and process safety.
- Engage an Autonomous Mining Strategy, including a strategic roadmap, as a tool to drive change, integration and detailed planning.
- Develop an Autonomous Mining Operational Concept to prescribe how mining will work at each stage of automation, including the baseline state and successive capability wave implementations to manage change.
- Support vendor independent requirements as a basis for assessing vendor products and services as being fit for purpose.
- Focus on autonomous mining excellence key objectives to ensure the business transformation program gets the right outcomes from automation.
 At Nova Systems we call this “the human element” of automation
The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Autonomous Mining Excellence, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources email@example.com.
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Media Release | Unique cyber security training solution launched in Canberra
Nov 19, 2018
In a national first, a collaborative training solution to the cyber security skills shortage has been launched today, with a new Training Security Operations Centre (TSOC) and tech-collab space opening at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).
The $1.1million project includes a virtual classroom with a cloud-based security operations centre simulating real cyber threats, giving students the chance to work through real scenarios to gain nationally-accredited qualifications.
Industry has been critical since the inception of the TSOC to ensure the right skills are being taught to fuel the demand in this fast-growing sector.
Tony Marceddo of Vault Cloud and Co-Chair of AustCyber ACT Node Advisory Board said, “CIT is leading the way with implementing education and training pathways to help address the critical issue of growing and upskilling our cyber security workforce.”
Owen Pierce of the Industry Growth Centre AustCyber says CIT is providing leadership in cyber security training and workforce development which is being recognised by the number of students enrolled and seeking to enrol in CIT’s cyber security programs.
“CIT has demonstrated their willingness to work with broad section of TAFEs nationally to ensure that they are collectively training the future-ready cyber security workforce that Australian employers need. AustCyber is a proud supporter of CIT and is thrilled to be involved in the development of their Training Security Operations Centre,” Mr Pierce said.
CIT has seen 168 enrolments in cyber security courses since March 2018. Students have travelled to Singapore on an outbound VET mobility program and some are also involved in virtual mentoring, where industry-based cyber experts mentor students.
The TSOC has been funded by AustCyber and the ACT Government and is a collaboration between CIT, Nova Systems, Fifth Domain and ANU.
View the original release here.
CIT Media Contact:
Lauren Hall T (02) 6205 2059 M 0421 871 880 E Lauren.Hall@cit.edu.au
Media Article | The Territory’s space industry: where tradition meets innovation
Nov 16, 2018
The Territory recently hosted Boeing, CSIRO, Nova Group, the Australian Space Agency, and Equatorial Launch Australia as part of twin space forums in Darwin and Nhulunbuy.
Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia Michael Davis was joined by Boeing’s Michael deLaChapelle, CSIRO’s Phil Crosby, Australian Space Agency’s Anntonette Dailey, Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) Carley Scott, and rounding out the delegation was Nova Group’s Peter Nikoloff.
The forum’s panellists took the audience on a journey through the future of space transportation and reusable rockets, to an overview of Western Australia’s (WA) Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – set to be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope upon completion – to the space industry’s national strategic vision, before finally focusing on Australia’s first planned launch facility, Arnhem Space Centre.
The Gumatj Corporation (representing one of East Arnhem’s Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups) and ELA are working in partnership to develop Australia’s first launch facility, which will play a crucial role in the domestic and international space ecosystems.
Fittingly, the Nhulunbuy Space Forum was opened by Gumatj elder Djalu Gurruwiwi and his brothers Jason and Larry with the musical performance, Songlines of the Morning star. The song charts the journey of the Seven Sisters within what is commonly known as the Pleiades star cluster in the Taurus constellation.
Songs within Aboriginal culture have often explored the sky and outer space, many of which historically served as astronomical and navigational oral maps. In these songs, astronomical phenomena such as the function of eclipses and the tides, has been passed down from generation to generation as traditional knowledge.
The NT space forums were delivered thanks to the support of the Space Industry Association of Australia, Developing East Arnhem Limited and the Northern Territory Government. View videos of the presentations delivered on the Space Industry Association website.
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Forum presenters and their areas of discussion
Boeing, Michael deLaChapelle: A fascinating look at the future of space transportation and reusable rockets, as well as a brief introduction on the history of hypersonic speed.
CSIRO, Dr Phil Crosby: An overview of WA’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Upon completion, it will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Situated in the WA’s remote Murchison Shire, the SKA also serves as a reminder of what is possible in arid and remote environments.
Australian Space Agency, Anny Dailey: Provided valuable insight into the national strategic vision for the space industry and its impact on broader economic sectors including precision agriculture, mining and remote operation, biomedicine, advanced manufacturing, emergency services, and urban planning.
Equatorial Launch Australia, Carley Scott: Delivered a comprehensive overview of the Arnhem Space Centre being developed near Nhulunbuy in the Territory’s East Arnhem Land. Situated on Aboriginal owned land, the project provides a fantastic example of business collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses.
Northern Territory Government, 13 November 2018
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Nova Systems Presents at the 2018 Tactical Data Link Interoperability Summit
Nov 15, 2018
The Australia/ New Zealand Chapter of the International Data Link Society (IDLSoc) held the 2018 Tactical Data Link (TDL) Interoperability Summit in Canberra on November 12.
The summit was held prior to the Military Communication and Information Systems (MilCIS) Conference where military and government organisations, academia, and defence industries are invited to contribute to the future direction of military communications and information systems.
The aim of the summit was to inform the Australian Defence Force (ADF), stakeholders and the wider Defence Industry community of the current and future issues concerning TDL. The focus of the TDL Interoperability Summit was to bring Defence and Industry together to develop an understanding of the issues and activities currently affecting the TDL community.
With a full schedule of speakers from both Defence and Industry, Nova Systems was delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver a presentation. TDL Specialist Paul Czajkowski, provided a thought-provoking presentation that discussed the idea of the ADF defining a new way of training their TDL managers and operators.
Concentrating on a joint service approach and considering the need for on-going coalition operations, the brief discussed the merits of utilising the best of how both the US & NATO train their personnel. Paul concluded with the view that the Australian TDL community was ready to define this new way. The aspiration being to truly create a progressive and flexible TDL learning path that suitably meets the future requirements of the ADF.
The AUS/ NZ Chapter of the International Data Link Society was established in 2005 to promote IDLSoc goals on behalf of over fifty local members. Chapter achievements include hosting IDLS in 2005 and 2008, as well as the conduct of Masterclasses at the annual TDL Summit.
International Data Links Society AUS/ NZ Chapter
The IDLSoc is a non-profit, independent society for individuals and organisations involved in research, development, implementation and use of Tactical Data Links (TDL), both civil and military. Founded in 2003, the IDLSoc currently has over 600 individual members from more than 30 countries and is supported by 30 plus corporate members worldwide.
MilCIS is a unique opportunity for those investing in government and military communications and information systems. The conference facilitates a continuing dialogue between Department of Defence employees, contractors, industry and researchers to discuss current and developing technological capabilities, project initiatives, and operational requirements.
Nova Systems Insights - Digitalisation and Safety
Nov 15, 2018
Digital strategies are a hot topic these days, with every business and industrial sector striving to determine how digitalisation can impact the bottom line.
Doug Hollett, Senior Energy Advisor, & BJ Martin, Safety & Certification Lead – Co-Lead Authors
The technology can be ripe, but if it is not integrated it can result in fast and expensive value erosion. Integrating across different functions and operations might seem daunting, but if done correctly, the prize is streamlined operations, multi-layered efficiencies, and big bottom-line financial benefits.
“Digitalisation is a key enabler to even higher safety standards”
Laurent Troger, President of Bombardier Transportation, International Transport Forum at the OECD, March 2018
Perhaps less talked about is the potential for impact of effective operational digitalisation on safety. Safety is at the top of every company priority list, but we often lack the durable tools and insight to make robust, lasting decisions. Precise opportunities depend on the sector, but fundamentally improving safety results means removing people from harm’s way wherever practicable. This means giving personnel the right data and analysis to make informed decisions, balancing multiple operational factors and considerations. It also requires a firm commitment to a systems based understanding of how the entire operation fits and works together, using sensor data and information simultaneously fused from multiple trusted and diverse sources. Done correctly, integrated digital operations using fit for purpose data will enhance situational awareness, leading to improved safety-related decisions.
“Companies need to set a strategic ambition for digital, challenge orthodoxies in the way they work, invest in building digital capabilities while focusing on ROI, and shift cultures and ways of working.”
Digital Australia: Seizing opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, By Simon Blackburn, Michaela Freeland, and Dorian Gärtner, McKinsey & Company Report, May 2017
By example, the underground mining sector is more rapidly moving towards autonomous underground systems, with attendant challenges in communications, tracking and personnel positioning. Integrated and trusted digital implementation means architecting and assuring multiple sensors and connected systems, with the ability to rapidly and remotely re-task equipment to highest-value operations and routing. By minimising human operators in trucks, and removing personnel from physical operating zones, there is less risk of injury and accident.
In oil and gas plant operations, digitalisation of multiple systems can include flow rate, pressure, and volume measurements and calculations. Digital models and remote management of compressors, wellheads and gathering systems means fewer people on the road doing scheduled and often unneeded physical checkups; you only send staff out when needed and can instead focus on the highest value work. The list of digital control potential goes on – importantly, the safety benefits reverberate throughout your business and with your reputation.
Learnings can be applied from the aerospace industry, where leading companies such as Boeing have gained long-standing benefits by assuring complex systems to engineered requirements and operational concepts before successfully deploying them into the field. From our test pilot co-founder through to our clients in the high hazard industries we now serve – Nova Systems appreciates, better than most, that safety has to be done right the first time. Done correctly, digitalisation can help to enable this to happen.
The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Digitalisation and Safety, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources firstname.lastname@example.org
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