BHP lifts lid on major data science project

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BHP is applying data science to understand how it services machines located across its mines, in the hope of saving $79 million this financial year alone. The miner revealed plans late last year to set up a maintenance centre of excellence (MCoE) based out of Brisbane. The MCoE will standardise maintenance systems and processes for BHP's worldwide operations, replacing the previous model of having 40 different maintenance organisations globally, each with its own way of working. One of the keys to the MCoE model is its reliance on data science techniques, such as machine learning, to understand how maintenance is performed at each site and where improvements can be made. Like other projects since BHP relaunched its technology function at the start of this year, the idea with the MCoE is to create repeatable processes for its business operations across the world.