There’s so much power in data but one thing I think gets lost is this simple truth: no matter how sophisticated the offering, the usefulness of the products and service we provide is dependent on how the customer uses them. Because in the end, the software is only as smart as the users. Certainly, within my own work, the value of bold experimentation cannot be underestimated. And when a customer takes on that spirit, the results can go beyond anything we imagined in the lab.
When developing and training models for specific use cases there is always the motto: “The more data, the better”. However, many mining plants only track and log a fraction of data produced by the sensors and systems. We learned to work with what we have – filling the gaps, enhancing the data quality. Nevertheless, a solid data base with many sensor inputs will definitely lead to higher accuracy and better results.
Data science is like sea fishing in deep, unchartered waters. At first you don't know what works… you try things out. . Fishing alone takes time and isn’t as effective as doing it with other people that have lots of experience. Together you explore the environment, test out scenarios and define scopes. And then then, finally, you catch that rare fish.
I have high hopes not only for those miners with safety on their minds, but also for the wider world. Creating greener, more sustainable practices and optimizing production through tools like digital twins, wearables and advanced predictive and visualization technologies.
I’m looking forward to teaching more people to dive deep into their data. Together, we can catch new ideas, applications and potential for optimization. And, the more data that’s available, the better we can all get at optimizing our world.