because the IT group at Teck has set us up well with respect to data acquisition. We gather terabytes of data every day,” she says. “Now, our attention has turned to making the most of the useful data,” she says.’ LlamaZOO’s resident data scientist, Brad Oldham, EIT, understands that acquiring and herding massive amounts of data is both a key and a challenge to data-driven innovation. “Now, we can actually bring all that data together—facility planners, mechanical engineers, geologists, everything,” he says. “Looking at a mine with all the data can help with road layouts and construction planning. Project planners don’t have to make their design decisions based on what happens to be available or what they’ve chosen to look at. Planners instead can now explore the entire project and scenarios and use them as part of mine design process. It really helps to be able to see from concept to site preparation to resource extraction right through to reclamation,” he says. Oldham explains that, since mining projects are multidisciplinary in nature, various engineering and geoscientists disciplines, along with stakeholders and executives, had the tendency to view projects from within silos. Technical disciplines had trouble seeing projects holistically because their primary interest was ensuring their own areas met the project’s technical objectives. “Now, LlamaZOO amalgamates the data, and we’re coaching clients on how to collect and store data that is more useful in a big data environment,” he says. Seeing the data as one big piece instead of siloed information
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