Smarter, quicker solutions emerge for measuring and controlling stockpile size and quality
by russell a. carter, contributing editor
In tradition-driven industries like mining, deep-rooted habits and customs die hard. Pre-digital-world miners might have mistakenly equated task familiarity with productivity, while managers could lean heavily on institutional memory to plan projects and budgets. But things change: Big Data is driving the industry down a path in which old policies and practices are regarded with suspicion and new sources of information shine bright lights into the dim corners of conventional mining business intelligence. In the process, one of the most mundane links in the mining chain, stockpile management, is being polished by technological tools to a higher level of operational luster.