Miners told to grow up digitally

VERY few miners are adopting a holistic digital strategy, instead opting for purely functional and siloed improvements, a study has found.

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EY, in its Digital mining: the next wave of business transformation report, found miners were making headway in using digital technology effectively to improve productivity. The problem is, miners lag behind just about everybody else, when it comes to adopting digital technology across the entire business.

The report also identified 60 key digital themes and initiatives across the sector, though it found few examples of a clear, integrated and business-wide approach to integrate digital initiatives.

Companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue Metals Group have gone heavily into autonomous haulage, however, the EY report considers that just a siloed business improvement.

EY Global Mining & Metals advisory leader Paul Mitchell said mining continued to lag...