Digital Transformation in the Process Industries

By Osvaldo A. Bascur, PhD.

The Digital Transformation in the Process Industries book uses a story to discuss how a trilogy of people, business processes, and technologies, centered in data infrastructure, create a successful journey toward a company-wide digital transformation that begins at the local level.Aimed at both new and seasoned professionals working in the process industries, this book guides readers on how to ensure their plants are applying the latest technologies to optimize operations.

SME Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Handbook

By Robert C. Dunne

In chapter 2.6, titled “Process Control and Operational Intelligence”, Dr. Bascur contributed with a summary of the state of the art for mineral-metallurgical process control and “plant operational intelligence”. Operational intelligence is a way of providing an augmented view of real-time data rather than using traditional fixed plant information management reports. The data are transformed into insights for further analysis using business intelligence tools.

Latin American Perspectives: Exploration, Mining, and Processing

By Osvaldo A. Bascur, PhD.

Latin America has been the site for significant mining projects by national and multinational mining companies during the last decade. Many new and emerging technologies are effectively being developed, refined, and tested in Latin American mines, concentrators, pipelines, and tailing ponds.

This new proceedings volume highlights these success stories. It contains the proceedings of the first Latin American Mining Perspectives Symposium, a symposium organized by SME. The volume contains 37 papers contributed by authors working in and influencing Latin America’s mining and metallurgy.

Advanced Process Control and Information Systems for the Process Industries

by Les Kane

Based on articles from Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, this book is a collection of actual case histories, techniques and guidelines with a proven track record in the process industries. It provides practical, problem-solving advice from well-known authorities in their fields.

Advanced Process Control and Information Systems for the Process Industries is an invaluable guide that provides an extensive digest of perspectives from various experts. This handy volume contains an overview of the latest developments in the field, along with the information on new technology – all contained in this one source. If you are involved in process control, instrumentation, or process and information systems, then this book is an important reference for your operations.

Smart Manufacturing: Concepts and Methods

By Masoud Soroush

In this book, Dr. Bascur contributed with a chapter titled “Measuring, Managing and Transforming Data for Operational Insights”. He talks about the challenges that the process industries face and how the use of real-time operating data that is continuously collected from their production facilities can be an excellent way to address these issues. Moreover, he states that a data-driven strategy is needed to enable operations, maintenance, and business personnel to quickly and easily take corrective action when abnormal conditions occur.

A smart unit template approach is presented to transform data into information. It classifies the operating modes based on the variance from the plant schedule targets. It simplifies the analysis and aggregation of production and consumables. The strategy uses real-time data infrastructure software as the integration layer between the production process control systems (Operations Technology or OT) and the business systems & advanced offline analytics (Information Technology or IT).