Blogs

Hector Medina

Why protective relays are the watchdogs of electrical power systems

Hector Medina | Responsible Energy | July 31, 2018
Fifteen years ago, a massive blackout left the United States and Canada without power, for days in some places. Experts were left asking why and wondering how to prevent it from happening again. A key piece of the puzzle was protective relays—the watchdogs of electrical power systems.
Vanessa Visman

Operational readiness: how to ensure your new operation delivers nameplate capacity

Vanessa Visman | July 20, 2018
One of our client’s toughest challenges is achieving nameplate capacity on new facilities in order to meet their business goals and KPIs. Organizations that best manage this potential risk are ones that plan for a series of steps and processes prior to taking ownership of that asset. It’s a process we call “operational readiness” (OR).
Dave Van Rensburg

Driverless cars and the return to automotive progress

David Van Rensburg | Technology, Smart Cities | July 9, 2018
In the 110 years since the invention of cars, not much has changed. They are still powered by gasoline, have four wheels, and need a driver. But things are about to change in a big way. Are we prepared for this transformation?
Marie-Hélène Biffi

Ice roads. Bears. Blizzards

Marie-Hélène Biffi | Modern Mining | June 12, 2018
When there's a risk that a big capital project may slide off track, the first line of action is often the project control experts and their systems. At a remote site, like Gahcho Kué, all the normal considerations are magnified.
George D. Thomas

Funding what tomorrow’s cities should be

George D. Thomas | Smart Cities | June 11, 2018
Columbus, Ohio was the big winner in the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Its proposal received US$50 million for first-mile/last-mile solutions to its transit challenges and struck a lot of the right chords, especially its aim to reduce infant mortality rates in some communities by 40 percent. How? By creating smart city corridors and smart payment projects that will make transit more available in underserved neighborhoods. That way, residents’ access to prenatal care would improve.
MinaSalama

Better energy visibility, better business management

Mina Salama | The Sustainable Business Model, Responsible Energy, Digital Transformation | May 15, 2018
Energy is often one of the biggest operational expenses in industry. Moreover, with today’s heightened awareness of global warming and climate change, using more carbon-based energy than absolutely necessary is something no one wants to do.
Jan Kwak

Commodity’s compass: guiding the future’s sustainable mining projects

Jan Kwak | The Sustainable Business Model, Modern Mining | April 10, 2018
In the face of growing financial, social, and environmental constraints, can today's mining companies deliver the social capital the world expects and still create value for their shareholders at every point in their projects?
Paul Jim

How drones are modernizing mining operations

Paul Jim | The Sustainable Business Model, Modern Mining, Digital Transformation | March 20, 2018
Today’s world is one of convenience, cost saving, and safety. In the past 50 years, there have been more technological advancements than in all of human history. In this era of software development, wireless technologies, and mobile devices, industries that predate these developments by centuries are being forced to adapt to stay relevant in this fast-moving world.