OBK Tracking Project - Project Summary

Ore Body Knowledge and Tracking Project

The Ore Body Knowledge (OBK) and Tracking Project will develop a cloud-native, real-time spatio-temporal solution and in-build dynamic physics engine that will provide a rich and accurate view of all material in the mine both subterranean and through blasting, digging, load and haul, stockpiling, processing, rail and shipping.

The solution will be trialled in operations with a project objective to improve plant performance through better visibility (grade and physicals) and management of plant-bound material. The software is engineered to support best practice interoperability standards that underpin the digital mine and is built for performance at scale, leveraging advanced software architectures.

The resulting technology products will provide a step change in mining companies' ability to understand the ore body and downstream inventories, the benefits will be realised in multiple areas as per below:

  • Increased plant throughput through better visibility in all characteristics impacting plant performance
  • Improved genealogy of material enabling better data to identify value-adding improvements for geology modelling, sampling and analysis, and drill and blast design
  • Improved utilisation of the ore body through enabling more ore to go through the plant rather than to waste
  • Reduced rehandle through improved understanding of material at source and destination

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds

The METS Ignited Project Funds is a $15.6m, four-year initiative to support, encourage and fund sector-wide collaboration. The funding is provided by the Australian Government as part of the Industry Growth Centre initiative, in alignment with METS Ignited's strategic objective to support the acceleration of innovation commercialisation.

Project Partners

  • Enterprise Transformation Partners Pty Ltd
  • Manufacturing Intelligence Pty Ltd
  • Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
  • South 32 Ltd
  • CSIRO / Mining3

Project Funding

The total funding agreement to deliver the OBK Tracking Project is $2,020,000 with $980,000 from METS Ignited and $1,040,000 from industry partners.

Project Outputs

  • Software technical development
  • Site trials
  • Information sessions to share knowledge about the project and interoperability approach
  • Market-ready software commercialisation