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Dassault Systèmes and ATC Williams Collaborate to Develop Digital Water Sustainability Management Solutions for Australia’s Mining Industry
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Dassault Systèmes and ATC Williams Collaborate to Develop Digital Water Sustainability Management Solutions for Australia’s Mining Industry

A key solution will focus on mine tailings1 management using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform

  • Complex water recovery processes can be simulated in the virtual world and optimized to preserve as much water as possible from tailings on a mine site
  • In large scale equipment like tailings facilities, digitalization can go a long way in improving sustainability and productivity of a mining site

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 31 OCTOBER 2018: Dassault Systèmes today announced that it has entered into an agreement with ATC Williams, globally recognized tailings consultants for the mining and resources sectors, to develop water sustainability management solutions for Australia’s mining industry utilising the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The agreement was signed during the 5th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), Australia’s largest mining conference.

Water-related challenges are paramount in Australia’s mining industry, which is facing issues such as water shortages, increasing costs of water storage and transportation across vast distances. Mining companies in Australia are therefore seeking cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to manage their water supply on-site to sustain profitability and their social license to operate.

Through the collaboration, Dassault Systèmes and ATC Williams will combine their expertise to develop water management solutions to meet these sustainability challenges. A key solution will focus on mine tailings management. Dassault Systèmes will work with ATC Williams to create a digital twin of future tailings facility operations to simulate complex water recovery processes in the virtual world, and find ways to preserve as much water as possible from tailings on a mine site.

“Tailings management is complex and unique to each mine site, involving significant cost and environmental considerations. Designing a tailings facility is therefore a highly collaborative process and demands a deep level of customization,” said Allan Watson, CEO of ATC Williams. “By implementing Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we benefit from its flexibility and collaborative ability to design and construct highly customized tailings facilities that best serve the specific geology of our customers’ mining sites.”

“The mining industry is playing an increasingly important role in leading ethical water stewardship practices in Australia, where a low-carbon economy is the vision for the future,” said Masaki Sox Konno, Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes. “Especially in tailings management where the majority of mine water can potentially be recovered, optimized operations through digitalization can make a huge impact on a mining site’s social license. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will help an industry leader like ATC Williams to lead innovation in water sustainability solutions for Australia’s mining sector.”

For more information:
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions: http://www.3ds.com

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