Jul 28, 2020

Oren Marketplace: Scaling AI in Asset Intensive Industries

Oren Marketplace
Digital Transformation
Dan Weatherley
3 min
OREN Webinar
We take a look at Oren’s latest webinar and its marketplace that’s accelerating digital transformation in industries such as mining...

We take a look at Oren’s latest webinar and its marketplace that’s accelerating digital transformation in industries such as mining.

Two of the worlds most recognised companies, Shell and IBM, have recently joined forces to strengthen the mining industry and other industrial sectors. They are achieving this by combining their industry knowledge and expertise for a B2B marketplace.

Not only is the marketplace accelerating digital transformation for many companies in industrial sectors, but its also encouraging efficiency and sustainability across the end-to-end value chain.


The marketplace already has a large range of solutions available for customers. New announcements and solutions are being added every week to further enhance the platform.

The products and tools available include innovative AI and tech-powered solutions that aim to improve many aspects of businesses including digitalisation strategies and processes.

One of the marketplace’s first offerings is MachineMax, which is an innovative equipment management platform aimed at off-highway heavy equipment users, helping them to maximise profitability and productivity for each machine in use.

Other solutions include Shell’s LubeAnalyst tool, which is an oil condition monitoring services which utilities the power of big data and various other tech-based solutions such as numerous smart metric and inventory tools.

Many of these solutions utilise the power of big data, data management, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to help companies reach their full potential.


On Thursday, July 30th at 9 am and 4 pm BST, Oren is hosting a second webinar following the large success of its first webinar which focused on industry sustainability.

On Thursday, Oren will dive into all things AI, looking at how the technology has shaped asset-intensive industries whilst addressing issues surrounding safety, equipment optimisation and workforce management. 

The webinar will be structured around three key ideas on how the mining industry can approach AI.

Webinar Speakers

Setting the three biggest sellers aside, the webinar will include two main speakers. The first is Dr. Ben Amaba. He has a wealth of experience and is currently in the Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence Elite Team at IBM


As a Data Scientist at Shell, Dan Jeavons is no short on knowledge on digitalisation and all things data. Jeavons has led the multi-award-winning Data Science Centre of Excellence for seven years, helping the team grow to what is now a 160-strong collection of specialists. He has also been recognised as one of the top 50 data leaders in the UK.


Three sellers will be speaking in the webinar to share their knowledge of artificial intelligence and big data. The first of the three is Samuel Candor, Section Head of Economic Geology at Minerva Intelligence, a company which aims to “bring the benefits of AI to any organization who needs to reason with complex technical and scientific data” according to its LinkedIn profile.

Next up is Ash Agarwal from Uptake. As Vice President of Business Development at the leading AI software company, Agarwal has shared his unparalleled advice to countless Mining and Manufacturing CIOs and CTOs in regards to the digitalisation and tech-strategies of their organisations.

Last but not least is Dr. Shahram Tafazoli. Tafazoli is the Founder of Canadian mining technology company Motion Metrics. Tafazoli has also undertaken a thesis in Robotics and

Intelligent Systems at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition to all of this, Tafazoli has quickly grown Motion Metrics into a $20+ million company in the past 16 years.

 Eager to learn more about the Oren platform, and what it has to offer for the future? Register your interest in its webinar taking place on Thursday, July 30th. 

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May 20, 2021

Rio Tinto: Innovation is the key to transformation

Rio Tinto
Artificial intelligence
Smart Mining
4 min
Rio Tinto’s approach to innovation with automation, smart mining, AI and a digital partner ecosystem is sustaining its pioneering spirit

Rio Tinto was founded in 1873 when a multinational consortium of investors purchased a mine complex on the Rio Tinto in Huelva, Spain. The Anglo-Australian company is the second largest diversified mining and metals company in the world. From pioneering land agreements with Indigenous people in Australia in the 1990s, to being the first company in the world to have its aluminium certified as responsibly produced, to building one of the world’s largest robots: its pioneering spirit and innovation keep it moving forward.

Mine of the Future

Last year, Rio Tinto approved a $2.6bn investment in the Koodaideri iron ore project in Western Australia. The ‘Mine of the Future’ will serve as a production hub for the company’s world-class iron ore business in the Pilbara region, with a processing plant and infrastructure that also includes a 166km rail line. Construction is well underway with production set to begin later this year targeting an annual capacity of 43mn tonnes.

Featuring autonomous trucks, trains and drills, Koodaideri has more than 70 design innovations in scope. Last year, the company partnered with Caterpillar to supply and support mining machines, automation and enterprise technology systems.  Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques commented: “Koodaideri is a game-changer for Rio Tinto. It will be the most technologically advanced mine we have ever built and sets a new benchmark for the industry in terms of the adoption of automation and the use of data to enhance safety and productivity.”

Digital Twin

Koodaideri will use fully integrated mine operation and simulation systems, such as digital twin technology. Pioneered by NASA, digital twins are virtual models of a physical environment – like a space station – that let you quickly test different situations. These twins combine data from actual processing plants with historical information – about things like design and production.

This gives Rio Tinto’s team in the field and at remote operations centre the ability to access the same information and make decisions, based on real-time data, in seconds instead of hours or days. The approach can also safely test ways to increase production without breaking parts or disrupting operations.


Automation has been a feature at Rio Tinto for more than a decade, helping run safer, more efficient and low-cost operations. The company is removing driver error and improving safety by increasing the automation of trucks, drills and trains.

Rio Tinto’s iron ore operation features the world’s first fully autonomous, heavy-haul long-distance railway system – AutoHaul™ – which has so far travelled more than 7 million kilometres across Australia.

Rio Tinto also deploy remotely operated land rovers and drones to do risky jobs to keep its people safe – such as checking high walls in open pits and parts inside big machinery.

Rio Tinto AutoHaul

Smart Mining

Data is an increasingly valuable asset – each day across Rio Tinto’s operations automated drills, trucks, shovels, conveyors, trains and ships produce huge amounts of valuable data. By combining this data with clever analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation, operations can become safer and more productive.

Rio Tinto is turning data into operational insights with its Mine Automation System (MAS). It essentially operates like a network server application, pulling together data across 98% of Rio Tinto’s sites, and mining it for information.

MAS provides this information in a common format, using sophisticated algorithms. It can be displayed visually using RTVis™ – Rio Tinto Visualisation – or through more conventional operational type dashboards with graphs, charts and tables.


Artificial Intelligence

Mining operations generate vast volumes of data – an ocean of numbers, each with their own meaning and importance. With so much data now accessible, Rio Tinto uses Artificial Intelligence to leverage actionable insights to improve safety and efficiency. AI can perform a range of tasks – from generating orebody models to organising equipment dispatch to predicting maintenance needs. Rio Tinto’s MAS fleet is being deployed to see into the future for the Mine of the Future and:

  • Simultaneously manage everything from loaders to haul trucks to rock crushers
  • Make sure equipment is in the right place at the right time
  • Ensure equipment meets the day’s production targets
  • Respond to disruptions like breakdowns or delays

Partnering to Innovate

To maintain its pioneering spirit Rio Tinto continues to forge innovative partnerships with technology partners, local suppliers, governments, community groups, industry leaders and NGOs.

In 2018, Rio Tinto announced ELYSIS an alliance with Alcoa, supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec. This joint venture will further develop a revolutionary process that eliminates direct GHG emissions from the aluminium smelting process, replacing them with pure oxygen. The technology will be developed and licensed for use in both existing and new smelters and is expected to be ready for commercial sale in 2024.

Rio Tinto, in association with AustMine, is also partnering with BHP and Vale to tackle climate change with the launch of the ‘Charge On’ Innovation Challenge. The goal is to cut diesel use and emission across the industry by finding new ways to electrify mining truck fleets.

Charge On Innovation Challenge

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