While digital transformation has rocked the mining industry, the pandemic accelerated the shift to remote working, amplifying the demand for state-of-the-art technology to keep teams virtually connected to on-the-ground operations.
TIMining, a global technology company dedicated to the mining industry with offices in Santiago and Perth, has multiple software platforms for different processes being used at some of the world’s largest open pit mines operated by BHP, Anglo American, Codelco, Arcelor Mittal, Teck, and others.
Transforming data into insights
TIMining has just released its latest technology and innovation, TIMining Aware (TIMA), a system that equips decision makers with the hand-held technology to determine the status of operations through 3D visualization. The system has been under development for the last 2 years in a cocreation model with Anglo American’s technology team and the Los Bronces site operation.
TIMA is software that transforms data into insights to support mining experts making crucial daily decisions. The platform uses data from operational systems, state-of the-art analytics and algorithms to create real-time visualization of operations.
Increased awareness, reduced expenses
The pandemic propelled a removal of non-essential staff from mine operations; with management and supervisor level staff working remotely companies have experienced increases in productivity and massive reductions in travel time and costs.
“Now executives need to help their companies be as productive as before, provide their professionals with cutting edge technology and tools for remote collaboration – and that’s what this solution is about,” says Nicolas Jubera, CEO, TIMining.
TIMA provides access to real-time information; updated mine surfaces, online monitoring of mine plan compliance, equipment and hauling fleet visualization, location, speed and status performance maps, and is accessible from any smart device, anywhere in the world.
“It’s like a distributed remote control center in your pocket. And it’s designed around the user– it presents the user with the precise information needed for situational awareness and insights, in a seamless, intuitive way. Technology focused design overwhelms people: too many systems, too many screens, too many logins.”
With a 3D digital twin representation of reality, users can navigate through time and explore current and past events to see exactly what happened at the mine – and when. And with simulation and AI, predict the future and present options to decision makers.
“You can see what is happening at the mine – you can see the paths, where your equipment is, if the equipment is in the right place, and how you are doing according to planning in real time,” Jubera explains.
“Used on a mine site, TIMining Aware can be used to gain situational awareness in a kind of augmented reality, as you can pull out your smartphone and see where you are and data around you. That’s the concept of situational awareness – having a clear idea about what is happening at the mine so they can make timely decisions.”
The software can be tailored for executives, engineers and integrated remote control centres and can adapt to unique technology policies in a cloud, hybrid, or on premises implementation.
The software can synch with teams working remotely in all corners of the world.
Fewer site visits are required with TIMA as users can gain access to a pool of worldwide talent and expertise that is hard to find on the ground.
“Now with remote working, it’s easier – you can have an expert in Brisbane helping your mine in Africa, for example. These experts used to travel the world – now its not so easy. This is a great opportunity to deploy talent across sites,” Jubera says.
TIMining Aware software is about optimizing human capital and organizational effectiveness and which also ticks the productivity and safety boxes while providing tools for people to connect and communicate remotely in real-time.”
“We’re not talking about the future anymore,” says Jubera, “it’s here.”
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