How can we leverage big data technology to run efficient mines?

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This week, I had a conversation with a colleague that led me to think about how little we are using the available data at mines to facilitate better decision-making. And, consequently, how little advantage we take of the large amounts … Continue reading

Applying statistics in mine engineering using Excel: Part 1 — Comparing two data sets

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Most engineers I know do not apply advanced statistical tools in their work. Whatever the reasons this, it is a detriment to engineering work. In this series, my goal is to show some applications of these techniques to mine engineering … Continue reading

Do operators have an effect on energy efficiency of mining operations?

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As promised in my last post, I want to share with you, in detail, the work we presented at the 2013 Annual SME Conference in Denver, CO. The goal of this post is to expand on the summary and slides … Continue reading

Can discrete event simulation help you improve your operation?

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In discussions with mining engineers, it is obvious that many mining engineers do not understand discrete event simulation or know when it can provide value for them. This may explain why this technique is not used more often in an … Continue reading