In 2017 we set about revolutionising quarry extraction through the application of new approaches to reducing risk and costs and improving productivity and collaboration.
We did this by asking quarry operators what their biggest challenges were and what the value of solving them would be. Some of these included:
We took these challenges on and set to it.
Along the way we have generated significant value, improved safety, upskilled client employees and empowered them to continue the journey themselves.
Everywhere we look, we see more and more digital formation in businesses around us and with good reason.
Our experience is that well implemented programs add tens of millions of dollars to the bottom line, improve sustainability, eliminate safety risks and improves employee engagement.
Our focus from day one has been to identify useful technologies and then put them to work, improving and integrating them as we go so as to create an integrated system that smoothly works together and reduces risk.
Digital Transformation is the process of creating an above and below ground Digital Twin of the operation that is accessible to key stakeholders via a secure web enabled platform.
The problem most operations have is that their data is either paper based or in systems that are not accessible to them (e.g. a geological model that only head office or consulting staff have access to). This makes it very hard for stakeholders to collaborate and truly understand their site and the key value drivers.
Our experience is that when you put accurate survey, resource, geotechnical and scheduling models in the hands of stakeholders and give them the tools to enable and monitor progress, you make a significant difference to the sustainability and viability of the operation.
Most vendors have just one "piece of the puzzle" and trying to connect them up into coherent, repeatable workflows can be extremely difficult.
We identify useful software and equipment and then, through working with operations, determine which are valuable and how best to integrate them. From there, we create a documented, repeatable, web enabled and end-to-end solution (see diagram above) that increases sustainability and drives down costs.
Before anything else, you need to have a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve and then ensure that it is resourced and supported.
We work with you to put in place the key building blocks and systems you need and if required, work on knowledge transfer to upskill your employees with the needed methodologies, software and hardware. Key components include:
These components provide the data needed for effective planning:
These tools provide stakeholders with access to the data for better decision making:
These tools ensure that operators and supervisors have the data they need in the field:
These initiatives are "front loaded" in terms of time and resources and our experience is that even if you have your own technical team, our assistance is vital, as there is a lot of upfront work to do and our team are well experienced in how to do this and can help you avoid known pitfalls.
Lastly, it is important to find champions within your business who can work to make this type of initiative become an integral part of your business, not just a passing fad.