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Willow appoints Head of Mining – Rob Foster

PostedWillow Team

Sydney (September 30, 2021) – Willow, the leading provider of digital twin solutions for modern, efficient smart infrastructure and real estate, is strengthening its offering for the mining sector, with the appointment of Rob Foster as Head of Mining.

In this newly created role, Rob will lead the Go-To-Market strategy for the vertical, applying his experience in Mining to the WillowTwin™ product and development of the product offering. Rob will work across every part of the business, to drive the successful deployment of Willow’s technology with existing and new customers.

Prior to Willow, Rob was the Chief Operating Officer at Redeye Apps, a SaaS business servicing mining, power and water industries with engineering data and workforce management tools. His experience spans over 15 years in mining, power, and oil & gas industries, in engineering, risk and operations – with roles across Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Commenting on why he joined Willow, “I am passionate about what digital twins can do for heavy industries that are investing into digital transformation. These organisations need practical tools that can improve how we make decisions and take action.”

“WillowTwin™ enables mining customers to better manage their global, complex supply chains,” he continued. “By bringing together data sets and systems into a single source of truth, Willow enables stakeholders at every level to make high-quality, long-term decisions to maximise profits and optimise risk.”

Willow is currently deploying its technology with some of the world’s leading resources companies, enabling customers to better understand, manage and optimise site operations and complex supply chains.

“Digital twins are driving the next wave of industry 4.0,” said Gerard Francis, Willow’s Global Head of Real Assets. “They can help mining and other heavy industries move from being purely expertise led, to being data driven.”

Willow has been working on a Proof of Concept (PoC) for a digital twin mining solution. The PoC of WillowTwin™ for Mining provides real-time visualisation of mine-wide throughput opportunities and identifies bottlenecks to increase tonnage throughput. This helps to provide more effective resource allocation to the biggest throughput opportunity, reduce variability across the value chain and helps the mine reach its full throughput potential. Follow on stages will bring predictive decision support and asset management scenario planning.

Digital twins are already in use across several sectors, including construction, energy, healthcare, automotive and infrastructure sectors. In each case, digital twins take in vast amounts of data, including streams from Internet of Things sensors, to monitor current operations and historical behaviour, and plan for what may happen next. When developed with geospatial data, or a geographic information system, digital twins are immersive, multidimensional, and location intelligent— able to show in detail what’s happening, when, and where, and can be used to explore or predict future states.

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