Siemens has launched the Digital Mining Incubator (DMI) at Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The incubator is aimed at developing the next generation of digital mining experts, and the company will collaborate with graduates to co-create digital use cases for the South African mining sector.
The company believes digitalisation will enable South Africa to become more competitive globally and can increase digital skills in the industrial sector. Digitalisation in the mining industry goes well beyond the automation of production. It allows for new approaches to business processes and creates opportunities to merge the digital and physical worlds.
The company further said that the value of data coupled with machine learning, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing offers South Africa an opportunity to create smart mines with capabilities such as increased flexibility, optimised production, safer operations, predictability and scalability across the entire value chain.
The incubator is focused on developing mining engineering competence. It is integrated into the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and is aimed at upskilling young individuals who have an interest in the mining sector, as well as disadvantaged individuals interested in participating in the future of mining. Together with mentors from Wits, Tshimologong and Siemens, students will receive the necessary tools and skills to effectively transform and develop the South African mining sector.
The DMI offers various resources to start-ups focussed on digital mining technologies and it assists with the development of products using technologies with the help of domain experts. Some of the key outcomes for include the development of new business models, apps and digital use cases in mining based on market demands, deepened domain know-how and digital expertise.
The incubator will also showcase best practice solutions including different mining use cases in mine automation, real-time safety and risk management, and fleet management, among others.
Contact Keshin Govender, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2412, firstname.lastname@example.org