ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy Resources Project

South Australia is home to a project exploring how to establish Adelaide as a national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub to service the mineral and energy resources sector with cutting-edge ICT solutions.

The ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy Resources Project is industry-led and driven by the Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA) in partnership with the Department of State Development.

ICT drives business transformation and innovation across all sectors – including minerals and energy - and is, increasingly, defining how relevant and competitive Australia is in the global economy.

The Roadmap also aims to help realise one of the South Australian Government’s Seven Key Priorities: Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all.

 

ICT Roadmap: A vision for ICT in minerals and energy

The Roadmap consists of three key documents that identify:

  • current use of ICT in mining
  • future trends
  • gaps
  • ICT research capabilities
  • immediate requirements
  • future opportunities.
  1. Scenarios for ICT in Minerals and Energy in 2025 (prepared by CSIRO, July 2013)
  2. ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy Report (prepared by Deloitte, July 2013)
  3. Inventory of ICT Capabilities at South Australia's Universities (prepared by Ian Wark Research Institute, UniSA and commissioned by CSIRO, June 2013)

The Roadmap documents identify innovative ICT approaches that can significantly decrease costs and improve productivity, supply chain management, occupational health and safety, data collection and management, environmental management and global competitiveness.

We want to build on existing intellectual and technical expertise in the minerals and energy resources sector, capture knowledge, attract new businesses and develop internationally competitive clusters of mining service businesses in South Australia.

The Roadmap brings together experts from industry, research and government to collaborate on innovation projects. Twelve project proposals were presented by ICT companies and research organisations at the ICT Roadmap Industry Roundtable on 16 October 2013, where there was initial discussion and assessment of the projects.

The proposals will be further developed and discussed with mining and energy companies. A number will be consolidated and business cases prepared for funding as part of the work of the new Centre of Excellence for Minerals and Energy. The aim is to develop collaborative, pre-competitive projects where a number of companies might share the benefits.

 

ICT Roadmap projects

  1. Fostering the development of remote operations centre in mining based on cooperative infrastructure and new skills development - IPACS Australia/University of South Australia (PDF)
  2. Value chain sensing, control and optimisation - CSIRO (PDF)
  3. Next generation core facility - CSIRO/Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (PDF)
  4. Advanced sensor and optimisation systems in mining - University of Adelaide (Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensors, Institute of Minerals and Energy Resources, Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, Teletraffic Research Centre) (PDF)
  5. Data portals and decision support for next generation drilling - CSIRO/Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (PDF)
  6. South Australian Resource Information Exchange (SARIE) - SRA (PDF)
  7. Improved situational awareness for remote operation - University of Adelaide (Australian Centre for Visual Technologies) (PDF)
  8. Big data mining - University of Adelaide (Australian Centre for Visual Technologies) (PDF)
  9. Research to support the intelligent oil field production system - University of Adelaide (Teletraffic Research Centre, Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, Institute of Minerals and Energy Resources) (PDF)
  10. Centre of Resource Photonics - University of Adelaide (Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensors and Institute of Minerals and Energy Resources) (PDF)
  11. Smart sensors for laser imaging - Maptek (PDF)
  12. Oreomics – a big data strategy for optimisation and transforming technologies in minerals processing - Wark Research Institute (PDF)

 

See presentations summarising ICT Roadmap documents

 

See report and presentations from second Roundtable event - October 2013

 

See presentations from first Roundtable event - November 2012

 

See background information

 

We are keen to hear from the ICT sector, minerals and energy sector, research institutions and other stakeholders who may be interested in participating in our roundtables or assisting with our collaborative projects. Please register below if you would like to be involved.