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CurtinX: Digital Transformation of Mining

This course provides learners with an overview of applications of digital technology across the value chain, including automation, monitoring and remote operations, to optimise the value extracted from a minerals deposit. It will also investigate how digitisation of the sector will likely change the required mining skills of the workforce, enhancing the safe exploitation of an orebody.

8 weeks
4–5 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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Starts Feb 21
Ends Dec 8

About this course

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In this course we explore how innovations in digital technology will impact upon the mining and minerals business. We identify the stages along the value chain that present the greatest opportunities for value creation through the adoption of digital technology and optimisation techniques, and investigate how the nature of work and the skills required to operate successfully in the sector will change as a result of the industries digital transformation.

Through this course you will be exposed to various developments in digital technology that are poised to be integrated into the way mines are designed, operated and monitored, as you gain an understanding of the different stages of the value chain that can be digitally optimised, allowing for additional value to be extracted from an orebody. We will discuss how automation and remote operations can alter the way that a mine is planned, and explore how industry 4.0 concepts involving sensors, models and feedback/feedforward systems can be integrated to enable precision mining.

The role of data in a digitally transformed mining industry will be discussed, appreciating that data analytics requires a team based multidisciplinary approach, and we will look at how to manage globally dispersed specialist operational teams. You will also be introduced to the use of visualisation as a tool for communication, both within a geographically diverse team environment and to external stakeholders, as an understanding of how the required workforce skillset is likely to change as a result of digitisation of the sector.

This interactive course incorporates videos, expert insights, case studies and discussions to deepen your current understanding of the impact of applications of digital technologies on the mining business.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:
  • Associated skills:Adoptions, Digital Technology, Communications, Data Analysis, Value Chain, Automation, Value Creation, Industry 4.0, Operations, Digital Transformation, Mathematical Optimization

What you'll learn

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Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify stages along the value chain where digital technology can be adopted for process improvement.
  • Recognise benefits that can be attained by harnessing the capabilities of digital technology.
  • Appreciate the role that automation and visualisation can play in mine design, training and team collaboration at a distance.
  • Understand how required mining skills are likely to change with increased digitalisation.


  • Data Access and Availability
  • Real-time Operational Assessment
  • Remote Sensing
  • Automation
  • Visualisation
  • The Future of Work

Learner testimonials

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Here are some reasons why our learners liked this course:

"The course introduced me to a lot of the advances that is happening in the mining industry. The videos showing what each company is doing towards digitalisation is the most interesting part as it shows the reality and the direction mining is going. The future of mining as I have earlier thought to be several steps ahead is already here."

"[I liked] the applications of optimisation in mining, as an industrial engineer, I was blown away to see the possibilities."

"I liked the set out of the course - I knew what to expect and it made the learning process easier. There were a lot of new concepts for me so I found this really helpful."

"A comprehensive collection of information; with so much info available on technology, this course brought it all together in a useful body of knowledge."

This course is part ofFoundations of Modern Mining Professional Certificate Program

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Expert instruction
6 skill-building courses
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1 year
4 - 5 hours per week

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