The fear factor around data mining

MINERS need to overcome the “fear factor” and trust machine-generated data, but more work is needed to resolve proprietary issues, according to industry figures.

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Caterpillar's Jean Savage

Some of the key issues in using data generated by large mining equipment is trusting the data, or turning it into business improvement intelligence - and some of the data being "locked away" in proprietary applications, as former BHP mining executive Gavin Yeates lamented.

In a recent AusIMM publication, Yeates said initial work in implementing any form of data analytics was being hampered by immature architectures, where proprietary applications or point solutions "owned" the data and a lot of work was required to bring disparate data sets together.

Caterpillar surface mining and technology division vice president Jean Savage believes there is a misconception about how much data is available and what is provided.

"We are data sharing but there are certain pla...