BHP to open a mine of information for Unearthed

Kwinana Nickel Refinery in Western Australia Image: BHP

Resources technology hackathon Unearthed Perth 2018 will mark the fifth anniversary of the inaugural event this month.

The 54-hour open innovation event will be held from April 13–15 at CORE Innovation Hub, Australia’s co-working, collaboration and innovation hub focused on the resources sector, and will feature real operational data and four challenges from BHP Nickel West.

Challenges include preventing shutdowns from solid scale build up in process equipment and using lab analysis for regulating leach recovery at the Kwinana Nickel Refinery; detecting where air is entering the smelter offgas train at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter; and investigating bottlenecks in the grinding circuit up north at the Mt Keith operation.

“Working with Unearthed is a great opportunity to connect with some of the best minds in the technology and data science space,” Nickel West Head of Integrated Operations Karl Stokes said.

“Nickel West is in an exciting period as we are set to become a globally significant battery material supplier. We are excited about the outcomes and ideas that are going to be generated over this one innovative weekend.”

The hackathon will see Western Australia’s top innovators, startups and entrepreneurs prototype novel solutions that could be hugely impactful to the resources sector.

Students and professionals from the science, engineering, business, entrepreneurial, software development and mathematics disciplines are also invited to put their skills to the test at Unearthed Perth 2018.

Winners of Unearthed Perth stand to win $5000 in cash, plus tech prizes. In addition, Nickel West has thrown a special prize into the mix for Unearthed Perth 2018. The first prize winner will head out and see the exciting expansion work at the Kwinana Nickel Refinery, which will feed into the battery market.

Since Unearthed Perth 2014, over 4000 individuals who form part of a talented and ever expanding network of innovators across Australia, South Africa, the United States, Canada and South America have engaged with Unearthed.

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