Canadian Mining Eye - Q1 2017

Digital disconnect in mining

Iain Thompson, BC Mining & Metals Advisory Leader

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There’s a gap between the productivity potential from digital transformation and the poor track record of implementation in the mining sector, according to EY's Digital disconnect: problem or pathway.

"Leading mining and metals companies are starting to look more strategically at the digital opportunity,” says Iain Thompson, EY BC Mining & Metals Advisory Services Leader. “There are big opportunities around digitization and automation in field operations. By increasing efficiencies through things like artificial intelligence for exploration, automated mining trucks or advanced simulation and optimization tools, operators can address productivity and cost challenges."