Remote Mining: A Look at Sophisticated Communications Networks
An IT revolution is underway in the mining industry, and any investment in communications infrastructure needs to be both strategic and holistic in its planning. Leading mining companies have made significant advances in automation of operations – including drilling, haulage trucks and autonomous trains – from remote control centers in Perth.
With remote operations becoming a reality, sensors and monitoring capabilities are evolving rapidly and growing exponentially in deployment. One important factor in achieving efficiency and technology goals is using a single entity to plan, design and build communication infrastructure. For companies taking this approach, the benefits of design-build are considerable, according to Dean Siegrist, Associate Vice President, Private Networks at Black & Veatch.
"Technology promises to radically improve safety, operational efficiency and sustainability for mining companies.”
Dennis Gibson, Chief Technical Officer for mining at Black & Veatch