Digital Intensity

We Focus On Digital Intensity As The Key Strategic Play

Digital intensity assesses the use of technology throughout the company. The Mining Journal survey of the top 200 global miners helped with the discovery of the top-three productivity improvement measures. Of the 200 participants, 6.8% said that semi-autonomous and autonomous equipment will pave the way towards improving productivity, with 32% pinning their answer on remote control systems, including vehicle systems with operator assist and/or machine guidance components. A staggering 55% indicated the need for a form of ‘intelligent mining’ with OT-IT integration.

How We Do It

Digital Intensity assesses the use of technology throughout your company by linking equipment and people, communications and controllers, IOT platforms and processes, and human and external interfaces.

Systems Thinking For Best Results

We employ a method of systems thinking, rather than analytical thinking, when it comes to the interaction and optimization of different operations within your company.

Analytical Thinking

  • Focuses on and isolates elements
  • Investigates the nature of the interaction
  • Applies a precise and detailed approach
  • Modifies one variable at a time
  • Remains independent of duration and time
  • Leads to action planned in detail

Systems Thinking

  • Focuses on the interrelationship between elements
  • Investigates the effects of interaction
  • Shows a holistic perception
  • Modifies groups of variables
  • Considers the duration of time
  • Leads to action through objectives

VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment - Three Strategic Levels

VCI's Digital Intensity Assessment spans across three strategic levels that include your company's business model, management operating system, and decision making model.

Business Model

Identify current business model and seek new value streams or monetization opportunities.

Management Operating System

Identify management operating systems and define improvement opportunities in efficiencies and effectiveness.

Decision Making Model

Work decision tools and processes to identify ways to support better and faster decisions.

Organizations Are Evolving To Collaborative, Knowledge Based Networks

Our mandate is to accellerate the deployment and benefits of a digital enterprise

The Business Case Is Based On Operating Model Dimensions

We use a socio-technical approach to define the operating model

Culture is the result of a well balanced design leading to high speed quality decisions.

We Assess Five Technology Categories

Real Time Data

By employing the Internet of Things and smart connected devices across all operational levels, you'll become a digital mine with real time, accurate and complete data to drive execution excellence.

Continuous Automated Operations

Machines do the work and people bring the optimization and integration to all levels of the operational systems working within the company.

End-to-End Integration

End-to-end operations integration will drive the overall operations integration and optimization to ensure that all systems are running smoothly.

Big Data Analytics

Big data analytics will help you to understand complex interaction for improved speed and enable quality decision making

Value Chain Collaboration

Collaboration along the value chain will drive operations agility and ensure a fast turnaround time within all operational levels within the company.

The Digital Intensity Index Enables Planning A Roadmap

A company without a road map is definitely headed in the wrong direction.

Digital Intensity Unveils The Opportunities For Improved Production

Improved production equals improved bottom line. What are you waiting for?

Our Three Horizons Roadmap Will Help Settle The Urgency/Strategy Conundrum

What can we engineer into existing infrastructure? What could the next generation mine look like? What's our long term view of the future? Our three horizons roadmap will help you to answer these important questions.

We Put Together the Team With the Skills Necessary for Your Success

VCI Represents Bespoke Design Matched With World Class IP And Methods

Digital Intensity Assessment Process Leads To Action

Are you ready to take action?

Paul Leonardi's Bio

Paul Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program (TMP) and the Department of Communication. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program.

Dr. Leonardi’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies to create and share knowledge more effectively. He is interested in how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services.

He has authored dozens of articles that have appeared in top journals across the fields of management, organization studies, communication studies, and information systems research. He is also the author of three books on innovation and organizational change. He has won major awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past decade, he has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations about how to improve communication between departments, how to use social technologies to improve internal knowledge sharing, how to structure global product development operations, and how to manage the human aspects of new technology implementation.

Before coming to UCSB, Dr. Leonardi worked at Northwestern University on the faculties of the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University.

Willem Buhrmann's Bio


Willem Buhrmann is an experienced mining professional that has extensive African and international experience in project management, strategy implementation and corporate finance. Willem was previously Business Development Manager (Africa) for Rio Tinto Energy and more recently consulted to the wider mining industry including majors and a variety of juniors. He holds degrees in finance (Chartered Accountant) and the legal world (LL.B.)

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