2nd June: Real World Big Data – On Farm Experimentation & Mine-Site Optimisation

We have an excellent line-up for the next Mega Data Cluster event, to be held on Friday 2nd June, hosted by Curtin University. Short presentations will be followed by networking and refreshments.

Our first speaker is Prof Simon Cook, the Western Australian Premier’s Fellow in Digital Agriculture.

Simon’s career spans 25 years in research management to support precision agriculture, information-rich natural resource use and agricultural development. “The agriculture industry now has access to large volumes of data that it didn’t have before. The challenge is to translate the data availability into improved decision making capability, both on farm and within the supply chain. This is essential if agriculture is to keep ahead of increasing pressure to deliver food security, while maintaining the natural resource base on which it depends. “This is a one-off opportunity for WA to draw together the many excellent researchers and practitioners that operate around the theme of big data and analytics to deliver outcomes that will support agribusiness and the State”

Dr Ryan Loxton, Curtin Associate Professor of Industrial Optimisation, will talk on how mine-site scheduling complexities can be treated through algorithms for enhanced productivity.

“…the project team developed unique mathematical algorithms for scheduling maintenance activities in mine plant shutdowns. Scheduling shut-downs is currently a time-consuming manual process. But new algorithms take just seconds to run and consider a range of factors such as activity workflow, plant access restrictions, safety regulations, and personnel and equipment availability to create an optimal schedule that minimises maintenance downtime…”


Date: Friday, 2nd June
Time: 4:15pm registration for 4:30pm start. Finish by 7:00pm
Location: Curtin University, Bentley.
Level 2, Building 216 (CISCO IoE Innovation Centre)
Parking: Various visitor car parks – D3, C13 – see parking guide for more info
Cost: There is no cost to attend, but you must register for this event
Registration: Contact us using the Contact form, mentioning you’d like to attend and we will arrange your registration
Please register by 26th May


Many thanks to Curtin University for hosting this event.

Big Data: from earth to the heavens, 8th May 2017

Many thanks to KPMG for hosting our May meeting, and to Ben Talbot from KPMG for organizing the event and being the MC for the night. 68 people attended and there were plenty of lively conversations during the drinks and nibbles afterward.

Dr Penny Stewart gave an excellent overview of the activity of her company Petra Data Science, which is focused on using trans-disciplinary data in the resources sector.  She gave two very good examples:  1) for mine pump failure predictions integrating data from geology, water table, blasting, the minerals processing plant and weather. Eventually after looking back for up to 48 hours they could predict failure was coming based on changes in the processing circuit and 2) using algorithms to predict an hour in advance the overloading of SAG mills. Last year there were 100 shutdowns and since Jan 2017  there have been none.  These predictions for failure have been very successful and reduced down time costs substantially.  A number of people during the networking said they had got a lot out of Penny’s presentation.

Kevin Vinsen of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) gave an engaging presentation on the SKA and big data collection, storage and retrieval for analysis.  In his lively and informative talk Kevin pointed out that radio astronomy signals can be used to detect the basic building blocks of the stars, planets and life including H2, H2O, H2S, NH3, CO, formaldehyde and simple sugars. Kevin has a TedX youtube video which is similar to his presentation on the night.