Accounting for Variability in Pilots and in Rocks

Improving all stages in mining with a variability lesson from the 1940’s United States’ Air Force

"In the late 1940s the U.S. Air Force had a major problem: planes designed to fit the average pilot were crashing at an alarming rate.  Engineers had measured hundreds of pilots and used the average bodily measurements to design the cockpit; the size and shape of the seats and distances to the pedals and the controls.

In designing to the average body, the Air Force had built a cockpit that fit no one.  

They measured over 4,000 pilots and concluded  that not a single pilot’s measurements were average in any of their bodily dimensions.  

The U.S. Air Force designs airplanes to adjust to different body types; mining needs to adapt blasting efforts to adjust to different rock types.  

The positive outcomes will continue right through to protecting shovels, efficient crushing, and increasing throughput.  In order to do that, we need a better understanding of the underlying rock and how its measurements affect future performance."

Introducing our newest team member North Jones, Business Solutions Consultant

"Just as there is no such thing as an average pilot, there is no such thing as an average rock."

Read more about this in the Canadian Mining Magazine article written by North:

Orebody Knowledge in Operations: The Dataset that Just Keeps Giving

North Jones comes from mining operations and has always been focused large scale improvement projects. In 7 years on site at Teck he implemented projects across a variety of roles and generated millions in savings as a short term planning engineer and a drill and blast engineer. After completing an MBA in Finance from UBC Sauder School of Business, he joined DataCloud as their Business Solutions Consultant because he believes that their software enables mining engineers to optimize on a much larger scale.  

Catch him on LinkedIn or email us to speak with him about your digital solution needs.

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