Science in the Age of Experience
May 15-18, 2017 • Chicago, IL
As one of the leading brands at this edition of the Science in the Age of Experience event, GEOVIA will be promoting themes around the scientific value we can provide for the mining community.
Here is the list of our Breakout Sessions:
Next Generation of Rapid Parametric Geological Modelling
Presenter: Gustavo Pilger, R&D Technology Director, GEOVIA
Mining companies are now able to deploy a variety of different sensors that can provide real time instrumentation of mining exploration and operations including: measuring while drilling, measuring while operating, autonomous vehicles, robots, and UAVs. This is the “Mining Internet of Things.” Business decisions that today take days or weeks and are made from estimated data will be made in minutes from a fusion of estimated and actual data, supported by automated processes and informed by simulation of possible scenarios and their consequences to upstream and downstream processes. This results in substantial gains in time savings, accuracy, transparency, and business agility for making informed decisions on a timely manner. This vision can only be turned into reality if based on a new generation of software applications that use an architecture that is capable of making machines and humans to ´talk´ the same language. This is enabled by applying the same principles of the Semantic Web, which is based on technologies such as extensible Markup Language (XML) and the Resource Description Framework (RDF).
This session describes the conceptual building blocks the app is based on and outlines what will become possible by having the mining value chain modelled through the Semantic Modelling framework fully integrated into a business platform.
Image Analytics applied to subsurface modelling
Presenter: Peter Graham, Natural Resources Expert Business Experience Consultant
This session presents an innovative approach to the rapid creation of geological models using technology pioneered in the Life Sciences domain combined with traditional geological modelling techniques. Photographic images and remote sensing data are converted into geometrical shapes using BIOVIA and GEOVIA applications.
BIOVIA Pipeline Pilot is a graphical scientific authoring application that automates the scientific analysis of data, enabling users across the enterprise to rapidly explore, visualize and report research results. GEOVIA Surpac is the world’s leading geology and mine planning system and together they provide a new image analytics capability.
Image Analytics can be used to automate the analysis of many kinds of imagery used in the natural resources industry:
- Geotechnical structures, cracks, faults, etc.
- Geophysical data
This presentation will illustrate the workflows involved, showcase a variety of datasets and illustrate typical results.
Geological modelling and geomechanical characterization for underground infrastructure design in urban environments
Presenters: Peter Graham, Natural Resources Expert Business Experience Consultant and Gustavo Pilger, R&D Technology Director, GEOVIA
It is intuitive that underground civil engineering infrastructure designs require the characterization of the local geology for critical engineering input. Specifically, the sub-surface characterization informs the engineering complexity involved that directly reflects on safety and costs. Although the geology is generally sufficiently described, the geomechanical characteristics of the sub-surface are often poorly assessed. This is in part due to the convoluted workflow involved.
This session presents a simple workflow combining GEOVIA Surpac and SIMULIA Abaqus for 3D geomechanical characterization of the sub-surface and the evaluation of its dynamic interaction with the excavation. The workflow is illustrated with a case study involving a series of underground infrastructure designs in an urban environment.
Impact of the starting point and of the direction of open pit exploitation on the mining plan
Presenter: Jose Eugenio Saravia, NR Industry Sales Representative
When an open pit mining project is assessed based on the net present value, the decisions made to optimize that indicator have a greater impact on the initial periods due to the discount rate; therefore, the decision about where to start the exploitation and the sequence orientation is essential to maximize the performance of the strategic mine plan.
The traditional approach through nested pits consists of an exploitation sequence which is generated from factors that are applied on the revenue; applying those factors according to price ranges, determines the sizes of the nested pits.
There is an alternative approach which considers the application of an additional factor related to the starting point of the exploitation and to the sequence direction, as basis of the evaluation of the value in each point.
The aim of this presentation is to assess the impact of applying a starting point search, determining the exploitation orientation and selecting a high-performance location, over the value of a mineral deposit.
Modeling the planet with GEOVIA: An insight into what is technically fuelling the 3DEXPERIENCE Mine and the 3DEXPERIENCity
Presenter: Raoul Jacquand, CEO, GEOVIA
While 3D traditionally refers to the tri-dimensional nature of our physical environment, it can also be associated with an increasingly pervasive sequence made of Data, Digitalization, and Disruption. This trend is creating new opportunities in the way we can model the planet, be it to optimize the planning of human or industrial activity. Putting digital transformation in motion, science and technology are indeed providing us with the ability to create holistic models for physical environments as apparently diverse as a mine or a city. In both cases, stakeholders are expressing the need for a virtual ecosystem allowing them to understand with increased precision the reality of their present operations, yet at the same time enabling them to project themselves in the future by exploring hypothetical scenarios.
This presentation will provide an overview of some of the technical building blocks which Dassault Systèmes, through the GEOVIA Brand, is assembling in order to materialize our vision of the 3DEXPERIENCE Mine to support the exploration and production of mineral resources, as well as establish virtual urban environments with the 3DEXPERIENCity initiative.
Automated cave back optimization and mine planning
Presenter: Daniel Villa, Director, Caving Business Unit, GEOVIA
Block caving is a high risk mining method, where uncertainty may have significant impact on organizations assets. On average mining organizations lose between 15 and 30% of their reserves due to the challenges block-caving represent.
Some of the major challenges are associated to the lack of consistency and confidence in the current geotechnical model and derived mine plan. This requires a new approach where we can couple geotechnical constraints with the mine plan, trying to forecast and optimize cave growth strategies with the ability to reduce the uncertainty level and improving the quantification of associated risks through optimization automation during the generation of production schedules.
This session will present an initiative combining GEOVIA PCBC, SIMULIA Abaqus and SIMULIA Isight to improve the capability to simulate cave growth significantly by reducing processing time and adding this variable directly into the mine planning process, creating a robust solution to model, understand and justify future mine plans, sequences and mine strategies.
Some of the benefits expected from this initiative are:
1. Reducing Financial Risks
2. Getting Production Guidance right
3. Having a Defendable Methodology / Best Thinking/ Recognised Process as well as Enabling Transparency
4. Quantifying and Communicating Uncertainty
5. Allowing the technical team to give a range of solutions to Executives
6. Sustaining in-house model
Internet of Things and the digitization of the mine
Presenter: Andy Mullholland, Portfolio Management Director, GEOVIA
Hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) is gathering significant momentum across many industries. The mining industry has historically been more conservative in adopting new technology and implementing change. However, the current wave of digitization that is sweeping across mining promises significant benefits to safety, productivity and disruptive change to the way things have been done for decades before. IoT is a major enabler to the digital revolution in mining, and is no longer hype. With access to vast amounts of streaming data almost instantaneously, real time updates to topography, geological models and mine plans are possible and autonomous real time mining is within reach. The digitization of the mine will be a game changer for the mining industry and those companies implementing these technologies will gain significant competitive advantage.
This session will describe the IoT technologies that can be deployed to digitize the mine, new business models that are possible as a result of the digital revolution in mining, cybersecurity considerations, and the expected benefits that IoT and digitization can bring to the industry.
The GEOVIA Portfolio – Now and the Future
Presenter: Andy Mullholland, Portfolio Management Director, GEOVIA
2017 is the year that GEOVIA Enters the Age of the 3DEXPERIENCE. Historically, the GEOVIA software portfolio is a suite of enterprise desktop and web applications that continues to serve many different engineering and planning roles across the mining industry. Many of these products are leaders in their field and the gold standard in integrated mine planning. In 2017, GEOVIA will release its first native application on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, available on cloud as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application. The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform will enable GEOVIA to bring many of the benefits from Dassault Systèmes’ long history in manufacturing to the mining industry.
This extended session will walk through the current GEOVIA portfolio and describe the future vision and combination of technologies that Dassault Systèmes intends to bring to the mining industry to facilitate the digital revolution.
3DEXPERIENCity® –Leveraging today’s Sciences for tomorrow’s Urban Work-& Lifestyles - New Urban approaches for Cities, Businesses and Citizens
Presenter: Ingeborg Rocker, VP 3DEXPERIENCE City
By 2050, three billion additional people are expected to be living in cities. While cities cannot predict the disruptions they will face, they can become sufficiently resilient to adapt to potential disturbances, learning from past events to better plan for the future.
Facing the complexity of today’s urban challenges, traditional methods of urban planning appear outdated. For decades, designers and engineers in industry have used collaborative 3D modeling, visualization and simulation to imagine, anticipate and test the behavior of complex systems in the virtual world before prototypes pass into production. Cities are different; however, software tools based on scientific models developed to address product complexity are providing the foundation for the virtual technology used to create urban environments and objects, such as buildings, utility networks, mobility systems and other infrastructures.
The multi-dimensional modeling, visualization and analytics in projects such as Virtual Singapore, a collaboration announced by the National Research Foundation Singapore and Dassault Systèmes in 2015, are revolutionizing the way cities address their challenges. City officials, business people and citizens can now work on a collaborative platform with virtual technologies to co-create innovative and integrated urban solutions for more livable, resilient cities and a more sustainable future.
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