3ds miningRead any mining publication lately and you likely have stumbled onto an article or two that is talking about “the digital mine”. While there is no common definition yet on what the digital mine is among the publications, there is a general understanding that it will see the mining industry start to make use of the volumes of data that it produces but does not yet tap into for decision making. The idea of a digital twin of a mining operation is the next step up beyond analytics.  Why the interest in the digital mine? Much can be done in mining to boost productivity. Recently, in CIM, Palladium president and CEO Jim Gallagher was quoted as saying that most mines could boost productivity by 20 to 30%. Imagine if that translated to a few additional points to the bottom line? That could be billions of dollars in windfall for the industry. Read More