Sep 3, 2020

Trianz: transforming operations with cloud and analytics

Technology
Cloud
Trianz
AWS
Jason Catania
4 min
Trianz
Transforming an Australian mining enterprise’s operations with an operational analytics platform on AWS...

Migrating to the cloud has been proven to be a powerful catalyst for business growth and improving operational efficiency. Trianz’s experts have helped several organizations move to cloud hosting platforms like their strategic partner Amazon Web Services. For an Australian coal mining enterprise, Trianz leveraged the AWS cloud platform with platform-native and third-party tools to build an operational analytics platform to streamline their daily operations and move from reactive to predictive analytics and remediation.

The Client Objective

Triggered by digital evolution in the natural resources industry, the client was looking to improve operational efficiency. The most inefficient part of the mining process is logistics. The client was interested in building a strategic data ecosystem to store and analyze operational data in line with industry best practices. This data ecosystem must support and enhance their current business operations, while simultaneously accommodating newer technologies and business strategies via future-proofing. 

Once built, the data ecosystem would allow the client to better manage supply and demand by enabling industrial automation and predictive analytics. Proactive supply chain management using these technologies would help the client to reduce transit times. This would, in turn, improve the utilization of haulage vehicles, reducing fuel consumption and increasing their energy efficiency, thus enhancing their reputation as an eco-conscious business. 

Leveraging the latest technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will benefit the land survey, allowing the client to identify coal deposits that may be missed by more traditional methods. Material asset management would also help the client tackle short-term supply constraints via dynamic scheduling proactively. In the long-term, this provides the client with more agility, predicting supply depletion or shortages so they can take affirmative action to sustain supply chain continuity.

The Trianz Approach

Trianz’s experts thoroughly analyzed the client's existing data warehouse, creating migration blueprints during the planning phase. This enabled us to identify services relevant to the client's business needs, significantly improving the outcome of this transformational project. With careful planning and collaboration, we identified potential problems with the migration process, keeping the client informed at every stage of the project.

Our experts created a well-integrated platform to host the client's new operational analytics platform. By sticking to a single vendor, the client was confident that their new platform would be fully supported for the long-term. This also meant they would not need to perform additional development work to integrate and update services in the future, as AWS does this automatically in the background. Finally, technical support was streamlined by engaging a single vendor. This ensured swift communication and remediation of problems for the client, increasing the availability and resilience of their operational analytics platform.

Transformational Effects

Post implementation of the new platform, the client experienced numerous benefits.

Automated and consistent reporting

This solution enabled automated and continuous insight generation, resulting in high reliability and data validity. The client was able to leverage this insight to make key business decisions while extending access to insights from key stakeholders to all employees across the business. A consolidated cloud platform on AWS further allowed the client to decommission bespoke legacy solutions, reducing TCO for operational reporting substantially. Through this simplified data ecosystem, the client now has a clear view of its operations and can do more complex analytics across their Productions, HR, Finance, amongst other business areas.

Standardized data

Trianz’s proposed solution provided a single-source-of-truth (SSOT) for the client, standardizing, and unifying enterprise-wide data access. This simplified compliance policy enforcement and enabled real-time application insights for swift and decisive reporting.

Data Visualization

Raw data can be challenging to read, so Trianz introduced the client to Tableau to make the data accessible for all employees. Now, everyone can access and share insights, promoting a collaborative data-driven culture for the client.

Expedited data ingestion

With standardized data storage and automated ETL via AWS Glue, the client can now rapidly ingest data from numerous sources to their operational analytics platform. This reduced reporting latency and allowed the rapid implementation of new data analytics processes.

Guided analytics and self-service Business Intelligence (BI)

Guided analytics leverages GUI-based visualization for everyday analytics tasks, allowing for sharing and easy access to pre-defined analytics templates. Self-service BI extended analytics across the business, allowing for universal access to analytics templates while reducing reliance on IT and BI departments.

Operational Analytics with Trianz

Trianz is built upon the company ethos—Digital Evolution: Simplified, and we apply this to all clients. The Australian client is a perfect example of our excellence in execution. 

Elaborating on this further, Trianz Vice President Jason Catania says: 

“Our consulting approach is rooted in the use of best-in-class technologies and intelligent strategies that expedite and streamline our client projects. This allows us to deliver industry-leading consulting services that place our client's needs at the heart of our approach.

Trianz holds close partnerships with industry leaders like AWS and Tableau, allowing us to deliver tailored solutions to our clients. Simultaneously, these relationships enable our experts to achieve a deep product or service understanding, significantly improving project outcomes by applying targeted and experiential knowledge.

By migrating clients to the cloud and leveraging cloud-native technologies, we are proud to be a part of their digital evolution. These digital transformations help small and large enterprises prepare for the future, bolstering their resilience and adaptability in an increasingly competitive digital landscape.”

By Jason Catania Vice President - Client Partnership, APAC Region, Trianz

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Jun 30, 2021

Rio Tinto and Alcoa begin construction with ELYSIS tech

Rio Tinto
ELYSIS
Decarbonisation
Alcoa
3 min
ELYSIS
Rio Tinto and Alcoa’s JV project ELYSIS has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint

Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward with the start of construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.

ELYSIS has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of aluminium production

ELYSIS is a joint venture company led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa that is developing a new breakthrough technology, known as inert anode, that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen.

The technology has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.

The inert anode prototype cells will operate on a commercial scale typical for large modern aluminium smelters, using an electrical current of 450 kiloamperes (kA).

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined representatives from ELYSIS, Rio Tinto and Alcoa to mark the start of construction and announce a further CAD $20mn financial contribution from the Government of Canada to support the project.

The federal government's financial support will enable the creation of a unique commercial size inert anode technology showroom for future customers and will help develop the supply chain by involving local and regional equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the project.

ELYSIS is working to complete the technology demonstration by 2024 followed by the commercialization activities.

ELYSIS technology at a glance:

  • The ELYSIS technology addresses the global trend towards producing low carbon footprint products, from mobile phones to cars, planes and building materials.
  • The new process will reduce operating costs ofaluminiumsmelters while increasing production capacity. It could be used in both new and existing aluminium smelters.
  • In Canada alone, the ELYSIS technology has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 7 million tons, the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the roads.
  • ELYSIS will also sell next-generation anode and cathode materials, which will last more than 30 times longer than traditional components.

Alcoa and Rio Tinto will continue to support the ELYSIS development program alongside the Governments of Canada and Quebec.

ELYSIS is working closely with Alcoa's Technical Center, where the zero-carbon smelting technology was invented, and the Rio Tinto technology design team in France.

Alcoa's Technical Center supports ELYSIS in the manufacture of proprietary materials for the new anodes and cathodes that are essential to the ELYSIS process. The Rio Tinto technology team in France is creating commercial scale designs for the ELYSIS technology.

 

Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS commented: “This is a great day for ELYSIS. It means that we are becoming the first technology company in the world to build commercial-size inert anode cells. While we refine the technology in our R&D Centre, we start the construction of our prototype cells. This shows our confidence in our process and in the know-how of our team. The combination of ELYSIS' zero CO2 technology and Quebec's renewable energy will be great competitive advantage for the future. I would like to thank the government for its support and all the partners for their commitment.”

Samir Cairae, Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations and ELYSIS board member added: “Today marks a real step towards the future of the aluminium industry, by progressing this breakthrough technology to cut carbon emissions. Rio Tinto is committed to supporting its ongoing development here in Quebec where we already use clean hydropower to deliver some of the world’s lowest carbon aluminium. Combining this technology with renewable hydropower holds the promise of zero carbon aluminium smelting.”

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