Knowledge management – Proven strategies for managing corporate intellectual capital

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Proven strategies for managing corportate intellectual capital

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E-business, mining, and strategy

E-business has received tremendous press coverage over the past year; pundits have made broad predictions of how it will revolutionize the way businesses interact with their customers and with other businesses, as well as creating new ways for business to add economic value. To-date, Internet technologies have had the most impact on industries that have traditionally led in the adoption of new technology, such as aerospace, automotive, and computing. In mining and metals applications, to date, Internet technologies have centred on metals exchanges for matching buyers and sellers for marketplace efficiencies. While the complete impact of the e-commerce revolution is still very unclear, these authors believe that companies must begin thinking through their e-business strategy. Businesses that do not prepare may forfeit certain competitive positions or fail to capitalize on significant opportunities. In this paper the authors begin to create a business model for mining and metals in the context of e-business. In particular, they investigate how the perspective of the facility owner or operator can influence the approach. A physical asset proprietor perspective lends itself to a cost leadership strategy; a perspective of managing core competencies within a business opens other strategies.

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Transforming the Mining Industry through Electronic Commerce

This paper characterizes the important features of electronic commerce (EC) and demonstrates how it is transforming industrial sectors. It reviews how electronic commerce is a business strategy and examines supply chain integration, knowledge management, and human/machine communications. It aims to consider what would be required for a mining company to operate as an electronic business. It attempts to provide a vision of some future electronic mining scenarios.

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Information Technology for Mining – A Strategic Approach

A successful Information Technology plan, whether for a full scale enterprise solution or for the automation of local systems, must be linked to the business direction of the organization while acknowledging that technology is an important enabler of business processes. This paper presents a structured framework for developing an Information Technology plan that balances business drivers and technology enablers to address the needs of the overall mining operation. Starting with the business in mind, IT solutions can be targeted appropriately for positive impact across the value chain.

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Systems analysis for robotic mining

Mining automation has incrementally progressed from line-of-sight remote operation to teleoperation and automatic control of mobile machines, mainly due to significant advances in underground communication systems. The present trend points towards a robotic mining environment where mobile machinery and stationary equipment will be fully integrated with a mine-wide information system overseeing all aspects of mining via a communication network. The successful design and implementation of the software and hardware components necessary to realize this vision depends on the level of seamless integration achieved. The complexity involved in terms of systems functionality and coherence necessitates systems analysis and computer-aided software engineering tools to actively support this integration effort. Hence, the primary objective of this thesis is to introduce and relate systems analysis concepts and tools to the business of mining. This investigation begins by setting the industrial context of this work with respect to past initiatives and future trends. It discusses different approaches to the design and implementation of mining information systems. It reviews the fundamentals of software and information engineering as well as structured and object-oriented analysis and design. It presents a survey of computerized tools for systems analysis. It then applies systems analysis concepts and tools to a high-level top-down analysis of a Mine Information System and examines a specific mining process in detail. Finally, it compares the applicability of structured versus object-oriented analysis and design methodologies to the complex problem of mining.

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Lessons Learned for the I02 Project

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