Thor Kallestad, chief executive of Seattle-based mining data analysis company DataCloud, said the Canadian process is "much more predictable than in the U.S." The company opened a branch in Vancouver last May.
January 13th, 2020 - Tokyo, Japan– The U.S. is country that has long been a beacon for people seeking greater freedom, however, is losing its magnetism for global talent. Some skilled workers are diverting to Canada, where they find fewer barriers to immigration.
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What’s different about DataCloud is that we are the first to develop a technology to provide direct measurements for rock mass evaluation at such a high-resolution and within a time frame that enables mining operations to improve productivity at great strides.
December 11th, 2019 - Maryland, United States– The rock mass characterization that the DataCloud Platform provides mine planners and geologists are the tools to move past tedious excel-based math, and low resolution geomodels, to supervising the autonomous generation of high-resolution orebody models. They will have more time to focus on the bigger picture. We are also providing the infrastructure for additional advancements in measurements to be easily implemented.
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DataCloud’s MinePortal solution has links to the ‘artificial intelligence’, ‘big data’ and ‘digitalisation’ buzzwords that are heard throughout the conference halls at any global technology conference today.
December 3rd, 2019 - Berkhamsted, United Kingdom – MinePortal collects existing datasets from within a mining company’s operation and aggregates that data into a model that shows the entire process – from drilling through to processing in the plant.Technology-agnostic, it uses cloud computing to ingest and process this data in near real-time, applying the company’s proprietary geostatistical and machine learning algorithms to continually update models.
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With SWD technology and cloud computing, these measurements and insights can be produced in real time and empower geologists, planners and drillers to make better decisions, faster.
November 2019 - London, United Kingdom – For DataCloud, an integrated seismic while drilling (SWD) and cloud-based analytics platform that enables mining companies to process massive volumes of drilling and geosciences data while drilling blastholes, there has never been a better time to integrate this technology into coal drill and blast operations.
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We chose DataCloud because of their visionary approach to subsurface evaluations – built upon proven concepts widely used in the oil and gas industry.
- Derek du Preez
November 19th, 2019 - Vancouver, Canada – DataCloud is well-known in the mining industry for E&P subsurface evaluation, seismic-while-drilling techniques and drill & blast operations. Their cloud-based software – currently in use at other surface mining organizations, will connect and analyze the geological data across Caribou’s operation (a new method to underground mining) and be the backbone for sharing orebody knowledge.
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MinePortal can for the first time also be used for underground mining operations.
November 18, 2019 - London - The cloud-based software can process data automatically for geologists, analyze it with proprietary algorithms catered to customer pain points, and integrate the answers within an engineer's workflow. As operations progress, feedback loops of new data will dramatically increase predictability for planners, drill and blast specialists, mill operators, and more. This will enable teams to work alongside their changing geology rather than against it.
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The company’s use of DataCloud’s software will improve its real-time geological understanding and connectivity between drill-and-blast activity and the processing plant at its underground operations.
October 22nd, 2019 – Poultry, United Kingdom – MinePortal uses sensing technology on the drill rig to feed synthesised geological data into an integrated operational data platform to assist mine planning. It enables mining companies to "tie crushing and grinding performance back to the block model to identify and implement [drill and blast] actions that increase production and reduce unit costs", according to DataCloud.
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When we learned nobody was providing a holistic view of a mine site’s orebody, and furthermore, not in real-time or at a high-resolution. We decided we were well poised to make a run at it.
- Thor Kallestad
October 19th, 2019 – Eskisehir, Turkey – Our innovative platform measures production drilling data analyze all sources of geo-data from the entire value chain and provides a team with a single source of truth to their geology. It was built by world-class experts in exploration & production subsurface evaluation, seismic-while-drilling techniques, drill and blast operations, gestatistics, cloud architecture, and machine learning.
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This collaboration allows mine operators to integrate all their orebody-related data on the cloud in near-real time to drive the “digital twin” that provides a platform for monitoring, analysis, and insights that inform their decisions.
October 17th, 2019 – Winnipeg, Canada – Companies that provide this technology, such as DataCloud’s software MinePortal, help mining companies improve their bottom lines at a time when the industry has exhausted the capabilities of Excel to deliver further improvements and promises. And these advanced data analysis platforms are partnered with, and exists on, Microsoft’s Azure.
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Ailbhe Goodbody spoke to Thor Kallestad, chairman and CEO of DataCloud, about its real-time, high-resolution rock mass intelligence and how the company has increased its focus on the mining industry.
September 30th, 2019 – Poultry, United Kingdom – DataCloud has the geosciences expertise of knowing how to measure rocks, that’s well understood from various other industries; the Silicon Valley and the cloud computing part of it allows us to use that knowledge and add speed and scale for it to be acceptable to the industry.
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Making sense of production drilling data and adding seismic while drilling for further enhancements.
September 24th, 2019 – London – DataCloud's new technology has already been adopted by several mining companies with operations around the world, upgrading drilling data and analysis to equip their mine planning teams and geologists with the orebody knowledge needed for operational efficiency. With this enhanced knowledge of the rock, mining companies everywhere are making more informed decisions when planning drilling and blasting, optimising the allocation of resources and improving cost-effectiveness.
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Seismic While Drilling at Line Creek Operations
August 22nd, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – "We’re excited about the potential for seismic sensors mounted on drill masts to improve rock type identification across our operations,” Chris says. "We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. By accurately mapping strata, and stopping the bit before drilling into economic seams, seismic while drilling improves recovery, increases production, and reduces unit costs."
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Real-time subsurface evaluation of resources has become a reality through a combination of geoscience expertise and technological prowess.
August 19th, 2019 – Perth, WA – The DataCloud team captured the attention of global blasting company Orica, which has partnered and invested in the company to further develop its platform. Orica group executive, chief commercial and technology officer Angus Melbourne, speaking at the Austmine 2019 Conference says the DataCloud collaboration focuses on establishing a better understanding of the resource the company is working on. "DataCloud's revolutionary RHINO seismic drilling system is a real-time subsurface measurement technology that provides high-resolution rock mass data through vibration measurements and IoT sensors." Melbourne explains.
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Our current message is that we are not about “disrupting the industry”. - Thor Kallestad
August 18th, 2019 – Pakistan – Often the new services in mining talk about “disrupting” this and that. We don’t need to disrupt anything to help revolutionize mining production. DataCloud technology delivers highly accurate rock mass insights as blast holes are being drilled, giving mine planners the ability to streamline drill and blast operations without complicating existing workflows.
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Extracting more from your drilling data to extract more from you rock
August 14th, 2019 – Perth, WA – DataCloud delivers a real-time analysis of orebody while drilling blast holes to drastically improve efficiency in production. They put superior rock mass measurements, block models, and geology visualisations in the hands of mine planning teams across the globe. Data-driven awareness of orebody increases predictability in production and costs which is valuable for mining companies looking to recover more without digging more.
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DataCloud's CEO describes Canada's immigration policies as more , "sane".
August 12th, 2019 – Perth, WA – DataCloud offers tech solutions to the mining industry and operates in California’s Silicon Valley and in the Canadian province of British Columbia, which has a robust mining sector.“It’s very convenient … that the biggest drivers for [our business] happen to be in B.C.,” he told CIC News from his office in California. “And on top of that, the immigration is a more predictable policy to get people in, which has worked out well for us.”
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Established subsurface evaluation technology from oil and gas enters the Mining Industry
July 25th, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – When you drill different types of rock you hear different sounds much like you hear when sitting in the dentist’s chair. These sounds are radiated up the blast hole and also into the rock. SWD technology detects these sounds using multiple accelerometers deployed on the drill. Using highly advanced signal processing and machine learning tools, the sounds are transformed into logs of formation properties and rock types and then combined to create 3D volumes for each pattern drilled.
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In a Times Magazine article on hiring international skilled workers, DataCloud's CEO comments on differences in hiring in Canada versus United States.
July 25th, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – “The visa process is just completely unpredictable for us, and we were wrestling with it for so long, we decided we needed to have some certainty,” says Thor Kallestad, the CEO of DataCloud, which uses technology to help mining companies better assess land potential. He already had offices in Silicon Valley and Seattle, but decided to open up shop in Vancouver. “In the U.S., we just couldn’t get clear answers about what the process looked like, what we as a company needed to do to rectify it.”
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Rethinking Sustainability: Artificial Intelligence in the Mining Industry
July 5th, 2019 – Geneva, Switzerland – It places Internet of Things (IoT) sensors on the ends of drill equipment. These sensors measure acoustic waves as a way of predicting where ore deposits lie. Areas rich in ore will register a different wave pattern than those that are not. The sensors, in real-time, pick up these wave patterns and deliver the vital intelligence to operators. This in turn leads to more intelligent drilling.
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Miners could significantly increase productivity by using sophisticated sensors, cloud computing and other technologies, an executive piloting a combined use of the technology said in an interview.
June 28th, 2019 – Charlottesville, Virginia –DataCloud International Inc. CEO Thor Kallestad is leading a company that aims to increase recoveries of iron ore, metallurgical coal and base metals by delivering high-resolution rock-mass characterization data to clients using sensors on the drilling equipment that measure the vibration properties of rock and analyzing the data collected using existing geoscience algorithms and machine-learning techniques.
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DataCloud explains that its rock mass evaluation Platform “measures and delivers subsurface properties required to significantly enhance orebody understanding during drill and blast (D&B)operations.”
June 3rd, 2019 – Vancouver, BC –"The Platform uses “advanced, real-time, digital technologies such as IoT sensor systems, edge devices, cloud computing, geostatistical algorithms, machine learning, and high-resolution subsurface visualization” to collect and process data. Clients can access the information using DataCloud’s Platform software or it can be imported directly into clients’ block models or exported to another database.
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"We seek to 'diversify DataCloud’s geographic footprint and geological analysis' to bring advanced technology to the mining industry. "
May 10th, 2019 – Vancouver, BC –"Because it’s fast and precise, Kallestad said, DataCloud can help companies save millions." DataCloud's IoT drill-based sensors and advanced analytics platform is a game changer for drill and blast operations. This new mining technology reduces costs for operations, increases efficiency in ore recovery, and improves throughput for processing. » Read more
“We’ve combined geoscience expertise with a user-friendly rock mass evaluation platform that provides valuable subsurface insights and significant productivity improvements.”
April 19th, 2019 – Brisbane, Queensland – The Digital transformation era has seen a seismic shift in the mining industry strategies. But, how do mining operations take advantage of these emerging technologies? One model of Digital Transformation in Mining is based on five key pillars: Visualization and Alerts, Analytics and Dynamic Scheduling, Digital Twins, Integrated Automation and Cognitive Network. » Read more
"Beyond DataCloud and Vancouver being invested in the same industry, there is a culture here that is irresistible to us. "
April 16th, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – Mining is a large part of the Canadian economy and many industry participants are either based in Vancouver or listed on the VSE. DataCloud embraces this area as a mining hub. Being located close to our British Columbia based clients will result in seamless service delivery, which will help our customers increase production while reducing costs. » Read more
"It starts with advanced rock measurements with an IoT device, but ultimately relies on advanced analytics to make something of all that data. "
April 11th, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Silicon Valley is the epicenter of tech innovation and cloud architecture; Vancouver is home to some of the largest mining companies in the world, and those companies house massive segregated data sets. This has created the need for digital mining solutions and led mining companies to reach down the Pacific shore in search of cloud computing and analytics technologies. » Read more
"by not “going first,” mining companies will be able to learn from other industries as to how best to apply / incorporate things like IoT, AI, cloud "
April 5th, 2019 – Missoula, MT – A given set of new technologies (IoT, cloud, big data, AI, etc, in our case), will affect different industries, in different ways, at different times. Due to its capital requirements, the mining industry could not have been a “first mover” in terms of adopting these new technologies. However, because it is so capital intensive, these new technologies will have a very large and positive economic effect on the mining industry... » Read more
A better block model starts with better data.
March 25, 2019 – Silicon Valley, CA – The IoT sensors and geoscience algorithms of the DataCloud Platform deliver high-resolution rock mass properties to your block model in real-time. By measuring direct rock mass properties while you drill blast holes, your orebody knowledge can be significantly improved. Since our solutions utilize the power of cloud computing, this data can be easily shared across your operations.... » Read more
Jarrod and Gaudy from Crownsmen Podcast dig deep into the start and future of DataCloud in relation to how cloud architecture from Silicon Valley will benefit the mining industry.
March 22, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – Listen in to the discussion on mining's future. Thor speaks on whether or not the government should mandate these efficiency boosting technologies, how to integrate all the technology solutions being offered, and the importance for the industry to adopt new tech quicker than before. » Watch Here
Q: I read something about your partnership with Microsoft – how did that start?
March 20, 2019 – Silicon Valley, CA – A. We utilize Azure for our cloud-computing component to our solutions. They are just as keen as we are to be apart of clean tech initiatives inside a globally impactful industry. It is a mutually beneficial relationship; they have an entrance to a different avenue of mining (other than the industry’s massive Excel use), and we have access to safe, fast, top of the line cloud architecture and support for our solutions. Our Microsoft partners in Australia have been excellent go to market partners, showing our solutions to potential clients in the Pilbara and Queensland region.... » Read More
We can’t guarantee we’ll have drones to give away again, but we can promise valuable conversation, and super soft tees.
March 4, 2019 – Toronto, ON – Drop by our booth to take a peek at how we are currently optimizing drill and blast operations in Australia and Canada. Or, speak with us to learn how our platform leverages the use of IoT sensors, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms to integrate and analyze data into actionable rock mass insights in real-time. The DataCloud team looks forward to shaking hands and sharing best practices so that we can advance mining to the next level of intelligence and truly KNOW THE ROCK™..... » Read More
The DataCloud Platform empowers mine operators to understand their resource at a granular level during drill and blast operations.
Jan 23, 2018 – Seattle, WA – In order to offer our clients an operational advantage in grade control and extraction efforts we have released our geology specific solution sets. DataCloud’s industry experts designed them to reduce operating pain points for three of the mining industry’s largest markets: iron ore, metallurgical coal, and base metals. With these insights, mines are more efficiently separating ore from waste, lowering coal loss percentages, and improving fragmentation profiles.”.... » Read More
DataCloud, a developer of sensors and software to help guide mine operators’ decision-making around drilling and blasting, has raised $4 million in new financing to support the Seattle-based startup’s continued growth
Dec 14, 2018 – Seattle, WA – The company’s platform combines cloud-based software with connected sensors that are attached to drills and collect data as blast holes are drilled into the subsurface. DataCloud’s software analyzes information gathered by the sensors, which can measure and detect things like density, faults, and fractures. Once this analysis is complete, users get back what Thor Kallestad, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, calls “real-time orebody imaging and knowledge.”.... » Read More
DataCloud's RHINO™ Sensors are Delivering Real-Time, High-Resolution Orebody Knowledge
Nov 1, 2018 – Seattle, WA – Over the past few months, DataCloud has been rolling out RHINO™ sensors in a variety of geologies, primarily in Australia and Canada. The results have been phenomenal. DataCloud has three proven applications of RHINO™... » Read More
Every year Seattle Startup Week brings local tech focused businesses together to share their experiences with the next startup generation.
October 10, 2018 – Seattle, WA –This year, DataCloud's CEO, Thor Kallestad, speaks openly on two panels. The first, "If You Build it They WONT Come", not everything goes to plan, how thinking around corners can impact your business development, either from sales or not making mistakes to start. And, "StartUps are Hard", let's face it, creating and scaling a startup is hard, we've assembled a panel of startup founders and executives to share their wisdom... » Read More
Running this new branch is Tamer Eid, DataCloud's President of the Australia and Asia regions.
August 20, 2018 – Seattle, WA – DataCloud, the leading real-time geoscience technology company serving the global mining industry, today opened an office in Perth, Western Australia to accommodate client demand in the region. DataCloud’s impressive lineup of subsurface measurement sensors and supporting software coincides with the growing demand for smart-mining tools in the Pilbara... » Read More
DataCloud uses AI in the geosciences field during production of mining to help make the extraction process more efficient.
July 18, 2018 – Seattle, WA – Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence is the future and Seattle is ready for it. With a mixture of industry newcomers and established behemoths, the city can crown itself as one of the technology capitals of the world, and these 15 Seattle AI companies are just a few examples of the many reasons why... » Read More
Seattle mining data analytics start-up DataCloud has launched its MinePortal™ rock data management and analysis product, which it claims can help mining companies boost productivity and profits.
May 30, 2018 – Poultry, London – With the new MinePortal™ platform mine operators could process "massive volumes of drilling and geosciences data to create actionable insights that produce dramatic improvements in orebody delineation, and [rock] fragmentation". » Read More
MinePortal™ is a cloud-based “Earth Model” platform providing real-time management and analysis of drill data, geologic models, rock properties, and ore/waste boundaries
May 30, 2018 – Poultry, London – DataCloud, the leading real-time geoscience technology company serving the global mining industry, today launched MinePortal™, a cloud-based “Earth Model” platform for real-time management and analysis of rock data that enables mining companies to dramatically improve productivity while increasing profitability. » Read More
Listen to see how high-resolution (1cm) rock properties stream from the drill to any device!
May 10, 2018 – Seattle, WA – DataCloud´s CEO Thor Kallestad discusses the incredible cost reducing and profit increasing advantages for mine operators through the use of cutting edge technology. By simply unleashing IoT Sensors and AI platforms on drills during production, mines can easily access real-time information to optimize mineral extraction.... » Read More
DataCloud’s RHINO™ Geoscience Logging Tool Uses IoT Sensors and Seismic-While-Drilling Techniques to Enable Differential Blasting, Significantly Improving Fragmentation Profiles
May 2, 2018 – Seattle, WA – DataCloud, the geosciences technology innovator that enables mining companies to master the subsurface and drive profitable growth, today announced that it is launching RHINO™, a breakthrough geosciences logging tool designed for the global mining industry. RHINO™ uses advanced Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, seismic-while-drilling (SWD) techniques, and artificial intelligence (AI) to measure previously unavailable rock properties in real-time... » Read More