The Future of Mine Safety and Profitability through Data Collection
“I think that what we are doing right now at Newtrax is defining the future needs of the mining industry.” Louis-Pierre Campeau, an AI expert with Newtrax Technologies said while describing his role and its impact on mining.
Campeau was the subject of our recent blog on “How Big Data is Solving Three of Mining’s biggest Challenges”. Since his role and expertise will have such a huge impact on how the mining industry will conduct business in the future, we took some time to sit down with him and talk about his personal journey, and where he sees his work impacting the mining industry over the next 5-10 years.
- Future of Safety in Mines
- Future of Mining Productivity and Profitability
- Future of Data collection for mining
The Mining Industry is very niche, what inspired you to branch off into Mining Engineering?
“I always knew that I wanted to go into engineering, but I wanted to do something different and unexpected.” Said Louis-Pierre who took Mining Engineering with Polytechnique. He has found the mining industry to have become much more of a passion than expected.
The new reality will make it easier to foresee possible risks and prevent them...
How will the algorithms you are developing impact safety for the underground mines of the future?
“The new reality will make it easier to foresee possible risks and prevent them. Predictive maintenance would be the best example of this” explained Campeau. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, companies with a 9% reactive maintenance rate had a recordable incident rate of .1%, while those with a 64% reactive maintenance had a recordable incident rate of 4.3%.
These statistics highlight how having reliable equipment is safer. Interpreting real-time data on your equipment and how they interact in the mining environment keeps everyone safer in the mine. These algorithms are preparing today for the future needs of safety compliance in safety and prevention.
How do you see the shift toward technology impacting the future of Underground Mining profitability?
Louis-Pierre explains how productivity in mines is lower than in other industries, that working underground creates a gap of knowledge transfer between supervisors of different areas of the mine in real-time. “Decisions are made while there are still variables which are unknown. Solutions like what Newtrax offers makes it possible to have a global view of situations for better decision making.” There are serious cost savings when you can make important decisions with a full and clear picture in mind.
Once mines are collecting data and digitizing their systems and fleets, what’s next?
Mines have started digitizing their fleets and collecting data. This is where data contextualization comes in. Through the fleet and network agnostic systems at Newtrax, the data collected can be connected and contextualized. Louis-Pierre explains “Being able to have the full context of any data will bring more possibilities. Using trends and algorithms trained by multiple mines to predict events in any given mine.”
Mining will be much more calculated in the next 5 – 10 years, this means knowing exactly what is going on under the surface from to make the mine safer, more profitable and understanding how all of these elements interact with each other to have the most productive operation possible.