BHP and Dassault agreement to bring the “digital twin” of Industry 4.0 to resources

Anglo-Australian resources company BHP and French industrial software company Dassault Systemes have announced a “long-term strategic partnership,” aimed at digitalising operations throughout mining.

According to a brief media release from Dassault, the ambition was to improve operations “by applying technologies proven in other industries to the core mining fundamentals of geoscience and resource engineering.”

Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systèmes said that, “By [digitalising] all operations from planning to exploitation, our 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides the full ‘digital twin experience’ of the end to end processes; a unique collaborative innovation environment for holistic [optimisation].”

Dassault’s work in Australia includes leading a Virtual Shipyard Program, aiming to lift the digitalisation and competitiveness of a collection of Australian manufacturers, including Rowlands Metalworks, Redarc and Entech Electronics.

According to a presentation by the company in February, in the previous 12 months GE Aviation, Boeing and Airbus had all adopted Dassault’s 3DExperience platform, which includes a set of applications for digital collaboration. including 3D design, simulation and product lifecycle management.

Picture: ABC News: Kathryn Diss

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