CORE launches data pilot program with support from Rio Tinto, CSIRO

Members of the CORE Innovation Hub Team.

Innovation hub CORE has launched a new data science pilot program with major resources industry and academic collaborators.

Launched through CORE’s CORE Skills group, the ‘Geoscientist to Data Scientist’ pilot program was formally launched at the CORE Innovation Hub in Perth in association with several industry and academic partners including Roy Hill, Rio Tinto, ATCO Australia, CSIRO, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University.

The program is designed for leading engineers, geoscientists and other resource sector workers to use data science (including so-called Industry 4.0 methods) to contribute value to the resources sector.

According to CORE Innovation Hub chief executive officer Tamryn Barker, the wealth of data arising from digital technologies will re-order the resources sector “as we know it”.

“We must learn what it takes to harness opportunities to overcome known resource sector challenges in the data science era, and embrace the disruptive context we are in,” she said.

The pilot program involves two courses, including a one-day education program for senior leaders looking to successfully navigate digital transitions, and a 12-week program for professional reskilling.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said that the pilot was a “great example for pioneering innovative learning solutions” and that it could “become a model for upskilling our people in 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,” he explained.

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