New training centre launched to boost use of data science in maintenance

The Australian Research Council Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science has been officially launched at Curtin University in Perth.

The centre seeks to use data science to transform maintenance in the mining sector by eliminating manual, repetitive transactional work, developing models to enable people to make better complex decisions, providing standardised training for industry to improve maintenance productivity, and building an ongoing maintenance capability in research institutions and industry.

Curtin University secured $3.9 million of funding over five years for the Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science from the Australian Research Council and a further $5 million from third party partners.

Partners with Curtin University in the centre are BHP, Alcoa, Roy Hill, UWA, CSIRO, CORE Innovation Hub and MRIWA.

MRIWA has committed $240,000 over five years for two PhD students to work closely with industry to resolve significant maintenance challenges using data science.

“The work environment of the mining sector is becoming increasingly more complex with the volume of data now available and the challenge for the sector is to use this data effectively,” state mines and petroleum minister Bill Johnston said.

“By MRIWA investing in scholarships at the centre, the State Government is supporting the mining sector to find innovative solutions to its maintenance challenges.”