Data science pi­lot pro­gram launched

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS: TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - JES­SICA CUM­MINS WA

MIN­ING in­no­va­tion hub CORE has launched a new Geo­sci­en­tist to Data Sci­en­tist pro­gram sup­port­ing the use of data science in the re­sources in­dus­try.

The pro­gram, launched in col­laboration with in­dus­try peers Roy Hill, Rio Tinto, the CSIRO, ATCO, and the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia, will ad­dress how re­sources lead­ers, geo­sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers will con­trib­ute to value cre­ation through data science.

It also aimed to help in­di­vid­u­als en­sure their skills re­mained rel­e­vant in the face of the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion, In­dus­try 4.0

The two part pro­gram in­cluded a one-day ex­ec­u­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram tar­get­ing a new type of se­nior leader needed to steer com­pa­nies through the dig­i­tal tran­si­tion, and a 12-week pro­fes­sional pro­gram aimed at re­pur­pos­ing evolv­ing skill re­quire­ments.

CORE Skills pi­lot lead Dr So­phie Han­cock said its goal was to help groups within the in­dus­try make in­formed rapid de­ci­sions as tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ued to ad­vance.

“We are build­ing a tal­ent pool with greater data science lit­er­acy,” Dr Han­cock said.

“If par­tic­i­pants think they grasped the op­por­tu­ni­ties of ap­ply­ing the tools the first time within the pro­gram, it is go­ing to be an or­der of mag­ni­tude more pow­er­ful ap­ply­ing the learn­ing in fol­low on projects back in their or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Sal­is­bury said the pro­gram was a great ex­am­ple of how in­no­va­tive learn­ing so­lu­tions could pro­vide peo­ple with the op­por­tu­nity to grow, and en­able peo­ple to up­skill across a num­ber of fields.

“Our in­dus­try is rapidly chang­ing, and with our first ‘in­tel­li­gent mine’ Koodaideri on the hori­zon, it’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant we are able to trans­form data and sta­tis­tics into busi­ness in­tel­li­gence,” Mr Sal­is­bury said.

Im­age:CORESkills.

CORE Skills pi­lot pro­gram dis­cus­sions in full swing.

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