How Roy Hill Utilizes IoT Edge Data & Streaming Analytics For Optimizing Its Mining Operations

Roy Hill is an iron ore mining project in the Chichester Range in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. With indicated and inferred reserves of more than 2.4 billion tonnes, it is set to become one of the largest mining projects in Australia. Mining operations will produce 55 million tones of iron ore per annum with an operating life of more than 20 years. More on Roy Hill here and here. Also here is a video on Roy Hill's mining operation

While deriving business insights from data for process optimization, there are some unique challenges they faced.  One of the big challenges in mining is getting access to the data out there specially when you want to get it in a timely manner. There are multiple challenges from getting data from the very edge of the network, such as licensing and contractual obligations, and the varying nature of the devices used at different sites.

Roy Hill leveraged IT services from IT consultancy firm Ajilon, which has created a platform that provides business insights and optimises processes for the Australian mining company. Here is more about this solution:

  • To get around getting the challenges of connecting to very edge of the network, their analytics system does not connect directly to a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) device. Instead they developed connectors into some of their backend aggregator systems.
  • The data is pulled as close to real-time as possible from the aggregator systems and streamed to the Azure IoT Hub. The platform can ingest large amounts of batch data from Roy Hill’s systems, as well as streaming data from the company’s IoT assets, for analysis and use by the company’s data scientists and engineers.
  • The new platform utilises rapid processing, augmentation and visualisation of information across Roy Hill’s operations, while providing a secure and scalable solution to deliver insights.