Roy Irvine, Forum Director for EMMM Group, joins this week’s episode of The GIM Channel. He’s held a variety of roles with companies in the mining industry including De Beers, Datamine and Kinross Gold and is passionate about helping people understand their roles in an organisation. In particular he wants them to question the status quo. This is done by embedding something called Boundaryless Information Flow into an organisation.
Roy discusses the value of industry forums, like The EMMM, and what benefits these bring to the resources industry in cycle downturns.
Roy doesn’t hide his passion for data. He explains why the mine resource database or geological database is one of the most valuable assets on a mine, and gives us an easy way to calculate its value. Listen here to find out what you can achieve if you manage this valuable resource effectively.
Here are some key take-outs:
“A lot of the cuts have been done for the short term gain but the companies are then going to struggle when the turnaround happens and a lot of the technical skills that they had, they actually let go.” – Roy
“If you look at the other databases like HR and supply chain, those things are managed by IT professionals. And the amount of support that those databases have compared to the geological one, is just enormous.” – Roy
“You come up with some very big numbers. Well, most of them are at least fifty million dollars, some of them are three or four hundred million dollars” – Roy
“There’s no argument about why you should have the latest technology to manage your geological data.” – Roy
“We need to get to the point that anyone who uses data, needs to understand about data quality, so when they get some data, they actually know how they can use it, what can they use it for and what are the boundaries?”
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