Industrial Networks for the Digital Mine

The digital mine is one where production data access, ownership and management are recognised as critical productivity drivers. A mine where machines, people and systems are integrated to enable real-time and strategic decision making across the value chain. All this is dependent on a well-designed, secure, integrated, reliable and resilient communications and network infrastructure. An Industrial Network.

To establish a battle ready, Industrial Network, miners need to have answers to some fundamental questions.

Traditionally, mine Communications and Network (CaN) infrastructure has been deployed as part of mine construction. They are then upgraded on an application-by-application, as-needed basis, resulting in a patchwork of poorly shared, hard to manage solutions that are often operated and supported in isolation. This patchwork approach has led to poorly designed, disjointed in-sourced and/or out-sourced support models that are disconnected from production reality and lacking end-to-end problem management capability. All this inevitably leads to:

  • Unplanned outages
  • Accountability disputes
  • Many single points of failure (both infrastructure and people)
  • Poor change control
  • Reliance on short term fixes
  • An ever-increasing dependency on legacy technologies

BEDROCKmg has the people, experience and methods to help navigate the complex path to the sustainable and robust production critical CaN infrastructure required for the Digital Mine. There is a BEDROCKmg CaN service to suit you.

  • Analysis of site topology challenges and requirements to support design teams
  • Identify points of interference and risk
  • Undertake site radio spectrum tests
  • Current technology and infrastructure audit
  • Detail field support skills and maintenance cycles in line with ITIL principles and production availability expectations
  • Alignment with production planning to accommodate network change management
  • Define short and medium term applications requirements to support design for scale and flexibility (covering integration, availability, recovery, change management)
  • Technology platform selection
  • Advisory on vendor platform capabilities, risks, mitigation/work-around strategies
  • Review of existing designs / architectures against documented business requirements
  • Define / review existing operational services that will be required by designs and deployment plans
  • Technology briefs

  • Project and Program Manage CaN roll-outs
  • Change Management planning, identifying key impacts to people, processes and technology.
  • Definition of initiatives to support transition including business engagement, communications, training
  • Assessment of current support processes and systems; identifying gaps and mapping how new tools and services will integrate with the existing operations
  • Develop the transition to support plans including key activities, artefacts, systems, processes and procedures