An Intelligent Future for Industry
Developments within the transport industry have recently caused some operators to question existing job descriptions, and how employees will adapt to changing technology and the inevitable shift to automation. But what does that mean for business now, and who are the people who can help ease the introduction of new technologies along the way?
Investment in the automation and autonomous systems industry continues to grow, and so does the opportunity for major industry to improve responsiveness, accuracy and timeliness with the use of these innovative approaches.
Big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT) are key influencers in the transport industry not only becoming more efficient but becoming safer and smarter. Forbes identified the opportunities that exist within our already connected devices, to improve the quality, safety and performance of vehicles in all sectors, including predictive maintenance to help identify potential issues before they become real problems.
“Within the heavy haul rail space, a number of Australian mining companies are now looking towards autonomous systems for production improvements, which includes autonomous and intelligent rail, and autonomous trucks and drills,” Matthew Reeder, Project Manager – AutoHaul® says. "With the movement towards automation, this brings significant benefits which include improved safety and production, optimisation of assets, reduced management costs, improved performance and a reduction in training costs," he added.
Autonomous heavy-haul transport is something that Calibre is well versed in, working on some of Australia’s major automation projects, including a number of world firsts. One of these projects is AutoHaul®, a Rio Tinto rail network spanning over 1,700km in Western Australia. Engaged in 2008, Calibre has provided Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services to Rio Tinto’s project team over the past nine years and were a part of successfully completing a number of unmanned, fully autonomous test runs. The project is planned to go live in early 2018 once accreditation is received from the National Rail Regulator. This marks a huge milestone in the project’s ongoing lifecycle.
The shift into big data also opens opportunities for operators to centralise their systems into one location, sometimes located hours away from site. Calibre’s Managed Services teams have been operating remotely, with access to industrial facilities in various locations for clients in Western Australia, supporting their underlying systems whilst based off-site.
“We can take on the client’s infrastructure and support that, or we can provide a service or software back to the client through our designed and owned capital,” says Matthew Coleman, Executive General Manager – Innovation & Advisory. “Our teams allow industry partners to focus on their core business, whilst maintaining the support systems for the day-to-day operations and minimise the requirement for multiple human interactions, reducing cost, whilst improving efficiency and accuracy.”
Disruptive technology may seem challenging to begin with, but with industry partners who have proven success within varying industries across the big data network, change doesn’t have to be intimidating.
George Nuich, Executive General Manager – Professional Services, West, feels that Calibre is poised to continue developing, managing and implementing new technology thanks to the experience our teams have had to date. “We feel incredibly proud to have worked on some very innovative projects, both major and minor, within varying industries. I feel confident in the teams which have proven that Calibre is a capable and reliable partner to face the challenges and opportunities that new technology brings both to the industry as a whole and to day-to-day business,” he says.
With industry experience and an ongoing appreciation of the transforming operational landscape, find out how Calibre is able to improve your business operations today, tomorrow and in the future.