Newcrest blazing a trail with big data

BIG data is still a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for many miners, but at Australian gold major Newcrest Mining it’s delivering actual pots of gold and showing the rest of the industry just how much can be achieved with innovative digital technology.

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Newcrest Mining's Cadia operation in New South Wales

Addressing the South Australian government's recent Copper to the World conference in Adelaide, Newcrest's chief information and digital officer, Gavin Wood, gave a rundown on what had already been achieved at Newcrest with data science, virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence. He also talked about the benefits delivered by crowd sourcing, although this can also create some unique challenges of its own.

"If you can imagine, an experienced operator at a site being told by a university student in Argentina the answer for optimising their part of the plant is quite different to something they believe from their experience of 20 or so years. Those are real challenges for our business," Wood said.

He said data science coupled with machine learning had alr...