Tony Edwards


StepChange Global Consultancy

Founder of StepChange Global Consultancy, Tony holds a BA in Chemistry and Geology, an MSc in Materials Science and a PhD in the Chemistry of Garnet Structured Silicates. An Operations Leader turned Digital Transformation and Remote Operations Global Expert Consultant and Advisor, Tony has 12 years’ experience in BP in Production Chemistry, Production Engineering, Operations and Maintenance and Major Projects, including 5 years offshore. Tony is the Winner of BP’s Technical Achievement Award, and has 4 Years’ experience as Operations and Projects lead in the BP’s ‘Field of the Future Programme’. Tony also spent 3 years as BG Group Global Digital Transformation Leader, Leading DT in Assets in Tunisa, The North Sea, Kazakhstan and Egypt. Since founding StepChange Global 14 years ago, Tony has worked with numerous global clients, including BP, Equinor, Total, Repsol, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Petronas, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Gazprom, Harbour Energy, SK Migas, SANTOS, Origin Energy, OMV, Imperial Oil, Maersk Oil, Woodside, Beach Energy, Murphy oil, Suncor, KazMunaiGas, Mosiac, BHP, Teck Resources, Barrick Gold, Codelco, Antamina, Western Midstream, HP, Deloitte, and Baker Hughes. He is the co-author of numerous Digital Transformation Papers in Oil and Gas and holds 12+ Patents in Oil and Gas Production. Tony has served as Conference Chair and session chair at all Society of Petroleum Engineers Digital Events since 2006. Expertise includes: Digital Transformation; Integrated and Remote Operations; Organisational Alignment to Maximise the Value from Digital Technologies; Organisational Change Management; Real Time and Remote Operations; Value Chain Integration; Time Sliced Multidiscipline Organisations; Capability Delivery from the Integration of People, Process, Technology & Organisation/Governance; Operations Excellence, Minimum & Unmanned Operations; Operations for Major Projects; Production Optimisation; Application of Analytics and Machine Learning

Session 5: Solutions that enhance safety, efficiency and productivity of mines
27 November 2023 / 15:50 - 17:05 | Auditorium

Lessons Learned from the application of remote operations centers in Mining Operations in Australia and the Americas

Remote Operations centres (ROC) are now a key component of mining digital transformation strategies world-wide. They are where the latest digital technologies come together, get used, and are where key operational decisions are made based on date and information in real time. ROC’s are now common in Mining operations in Australia and Sout America. This paper will highlight our experience in delivering ROCs in these areas and focus on the key lessons learned from the centres that are in operation. It show explain why these centre are so important to maximising the value attained from you digital technology spend. Stepchange Global is the World leader in the design, implementation and operation of ROCs in Mining, Oil and Gas and Chemical Process industries.