30 in 30 Podcast

Where we capture 30 years of mining experience in 30 minutes

Analysing Your Data For Optimal Performance

Guest: Angus Lay
Jul 21, 2020 | 40 min to Listen
Collecting and analysing data in a reliable and efficient manner is crucial to obtaining good outcomes on site.  However, even the most in depth reporting and cutting edge systems are only as good as the people on the ground.  For a site to operate at its optimum, there must be trust and clear communication established from the ground up.

Our guest today is Angus Lay, Senior Analyst at Relialytics in Brisbane. Growing up on the bayside, Angus had a natural love for the water and started his career as a marine mechanic.  Working his way up through trade roles to service manager, he eventually  moved across into mining where he spent 15 years working in numerous roles including equipment health, conditional monitoring and oil analysis.

Angus talks through his current role at Relialytics and how they improve asset reliability through a different approach to analytics which alleviates the hours and money spent on manual data collection.  This enables people on site to spend more time working on the solution, which ultimately leads to better outcomes.

As a fourth year apprentice, Angus moved into a service manager role and he shares some experiences which led him to discover the importance of communicating down to the shop floor level, not just focusing on systems and great reporting.  Angus talks about the need for building trust with people on site and how receiving feedback from the team leads to better learning outcomes.

Technology is increasing rapidly, enabling better systems and reporting and whilst this provides great opportunity for reliability improvement, Angus reiterates the need for managers to bring their team on the journey to ensure they understand the processes and reasons behind the work they are doing.


Some Topics That We Cover

  • [2:00] – Angus’ current role with Relialytics and how they work to automate processes which enables people on site to take action.  
  • [4:50] – How Angus’ background as a tradesperson helped his ability to communicate with the members of the team to discuss machine issues
  • [5:40] – How to deal with pushback from the guys on site
  • [8:00] – What Angus wanted to achieve when he was appointed the service manager role at Peabody
  • [9:00] – The machines that Angus was working on during that time as a service manager
  • [10:35] – What it was like spending time working on boat maintenance
  • [11:20] – Why it’s important that the guys on site are passionate about what they’re doing
  • [12:20] – The reason that a different metric was needed for monitoring underground operations
  • [15:00] – Getting oil samples up to a benchmark of 90%
  • [16:00] – Once communication improved on site, the guys felt comfortable to discuss and resolve other issues
  • [17:15] – How analytics and people power work hand in hand
  • [19:23] – What is Relialytics and how does it work
  • [21:54] – How an engine failure caused $750,000 worth of damage and what was done to figure out what went wrong
  • [26:45] – How having a small team made it more pertinent to drive efficiencies by relying on technology
  • [28:36] – The interaction between quality of work and someone who’s working in the equipment health space
  • [31:14] – The importance of the quality of your oil sampling
  • [33:30] – Why it’s so integral to mechanical reliability to have the appropriate lubrication
  • [38:15] – Building trust and relationships by being present on site
  • [40:07] – Advice for aspiring equipment health managers