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Interview with Sudip Chaudhuri, Global Practice Head - Mining, Wipro Ltd
The challenges for technology adoption is not something unique to Canada or mining; In general the challenges include linking the technology strategy to the business strategy, leadership culture, lack of standard for data exchange between mining systems/equipment etc and in today’s market environment justifying an ROI typically with a year.
Sudip Chaudhuri, Global Practice Head - Mining, Wipro Ltd
|Sudip Chaudhuri heads the Mining Practice for the Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities business unit at Wipro. With over 17 years of varied information technology experience in mining and mineral processing, Sudip has worked with numerous clients in the mining and minerals industry on transformational and advisory assignments and designing end to end programs . With deep domain experience across the mining supply chain and execution he has been able to effectively apply new technologies to bring about improvement in productivity and safety in the mining context. He can be reached at email@example.com|
1. Can you give us a brief overview of Wipro's solutions for mining?
Wipro’s mining solutions can be segmented into 3 parts: think-build-operate. The think part of the business comprises of assessments we do such as Operations Improvement, Digital Mining strategy and Rapid Site assessments, all of which deliver a set of recommendations as well as short and long term roadmaps for transformation. The build part includes mining business solutions and mining technology systems. Mining Business solutions cover a wide array of offerings, such as our flagship SAP Mining Rapid Deployment Solution, Exploration data management, file management, employee, health and safety solutions, technology upgrades and enhancements. On the other hand, mining technology systems comprise of all technologies that are related to OT which may include real time data management platforms, fleet management, quality data management, mining execution systems, supply chain optimization and mine analytics. The operate or run part of the business is where we try and reduce the TCO of our client’s technology landscape in an outsourcing engagement by cloudification, hyper automation of support using artificial intelligence and remote command centers.
2. What are the main challenges and drivers for technology adoption in the Canadian mining industry right now?
There are two major technological drivers specific to Canada according to me. Due to their dependence on underground mining over open cast mining, seen in countries like Australia, mining in Canada puts a greater impetus on safety. I would say that the second driver would be remoteness of sites particularly in the northern side and the associated gaps in infrastructure. These drivers present opportunities for innovation and technology adoption from drones, remote monitoring, sensor integration and data analytics to name a few. The challenges for technology adoption is not something unique to Canada or mining; In general the challenges include linking the technology strategy to the business strategy, leadership culture, lack of standard for data exchange between mining systems/equipment etc and in today’s market environment justifying an ROI typically with a year.
3. How does the 'digital mine' model connect the mining value chain from the mine to the market?
The digital mine model has a 3 step approach from connecting all resources in the mine, linking physical and virtual worlds and autonomous mining. Connectivity of the mine value chain in a digital mine happens by integrating processes from the pit to the port that would otherwise be siloed from one another, driving insights and decision support from such amalgamation of data using digital technologies. This might sound simple but in reality needs strong business integration as well as technological expertise to make it happen.
4. How do you deliver operational excellence across such a wide array of mining functions?
We identify problem statements across mining functions. In a typical operation we first introspect with preliminary knowledge from the market as well as site assessments. In fact most of the time the problem statements are known for a particular commodity and it becomes a question of collecting data and arriving at the magnitude of the problem. Once that is done we look at current technologies being used and to what extent the gaps have an impact on operations, for these we use our own reference models such as WIMSA model (Wipro Mining Solution Architecture) to arrive at the current landscape of technology being used and what would the future look like. We then decompose the potential technologies that can be used and these then take the form of a roadmap. It then becomes a question of executing the roadmap and encouraging the business to collect data on improvements that have been brought in.
5. How promising is the mining industry in Canada at the moment?
It looks very promising especially when I hear of companies investing in a next generation digital technologies. I think we are looking at exciting times ahead.
6. What are you looking forward to at the 6th Global Mining IT and Communication Summit?
Hear about real life experiences, understand what the industry is doing in the area of IT-OT convergence and Networking with our client base.
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