Engineering & Mining Journal

JUL 2018

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HEALTH & SAFETY JULY 2018 • E&MJ 47 Carl said Microsoft's Cognitive Ser- vices can provide customer-specific apps, websites and bots with intelligent algo- rithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret user needs through natural methods of communication. She present- ed a video that showed how AI can be used to immediately call up a list who's on-site and see what any individual is cur- rently doing — and whether they've been trained and cleared to do it. Making up to 27 million facial, object and location "recognitions" per second, the system can, for instance, find a specific piece of equipment, determine whether it's in a safe and approved location, and identify the last person to use it. If an unqualified worker attempts to use the equipment, the system can, if desired, find and notify a qualified employee to come to the assis- tance of the worker. Catching Up The mining industry has long been crit- icized for lagging behind other industri- al sectors in technological innovation. That's not completely accurate. Ten years ago, for example, Rio Tinto successfully tested a driverless haul truck at its West- ern Australia iron ore operations while prototype driverless automobiles were still trying to avoid pedestrian dummies on closely controlled test tracks, and late- ly, the industry has quickened the pace of innovation simply from necessity. In a business environment that both welcomes and fears disruptive concepts, mining companies that fall behind in technological adaptation run the risk of becomig prey to the resource-indus- try equivalent of a Google, Amazon or Uber. They also may not be able to at- tract younger workers who are more com- fortable with — and more interested in — digital technology than earthmoving. There are definite corporate financial ben- efits that can be gained through digitali- zation, according to a number of studies, including pathways to achieving safer and more efficient operations. A 2017 white paper prepared by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture* predicted that over the next 10 years, the mining industry's digital transformation initiative could generate: • More than $320 billion of industry val- ue over the next decade, with a poten- tial benefit of approximately $190 bil- lion for the mining sector and $130 bil- lion for the metals sector. The total for mining and metals is equivalent to 2.7% of industry revenue and 9% of in- dustry profit. • In total, more than $425 billion of val- ue for the industry, customers, society and environment. This is the equivalent of 3%-4% of industry revenue during the same period. • An improvement in safety, with around 1,000 lives saved and 44,000 injuries avoided. This equates approximately to a 10% decrease in lives lost and a 20% decrease in injuries in the industry. • A reduction of 610 million metric tons of CO 2 emissions, with an estimated value to society and environment of $30 billion. LESS DOWNTIME IS MORE UPTIME with CleanScrape ® Belt Cleaner LESS IS MORE WITH CLEANSCRAPE ® BELT CLEANER. Less Blade Replacements / More Blade Life – lasts up to 4x as long as traditional cleaners Less Maintenance / More Performance – only one tensioner adjustment ever Less Concern / More Confidence – safe for vulcanized and mechanical splices visit 800.544.2947 / 309.852.2384 ® Registered trademark of Martin Engineering Company in the US and other select locations. © 2018 Martin Engineering Company. Additional information can be obtained at and A GLOBAL FAMILY * Digital Transformation Initiative: Mining and Metals Industry, white paper, World Economic Forum in collab- oration with Accenture, January 2017, 36 pp.

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