Mapping the Mining Supply Network

Using data from the directory published by Austmine we show how individual suppliers are connected through the relative similarity of their services portfolios. The more services they have in common the closer they appear on the map.

If you move the strength slide filter you will expose the strongest links. This simple demonstration can expose the competitive (or collaborative) clusters that currently exist. As a supplier you can quickly see who your closest competitors are. As a buyer you can get a better feel for the market place of suppliers available to you.

In the snapshot below we have included only strong relationships and the companies listed here are very similar in the types of services they provide.

What else could be done?

The data we have used is only the 'supply' side. With the addition of 'buy side' data we can effectively visualise and then analyse the full supply network, potentially leading to a more efficient and effective mining industry.

We have also created a complementary map showing how the Austmine service categories are clustered based on similar suppliers providing the same pattern of services. This map can be useful for looking at overall strengths and weaknesses in the industry.

Who Are We?

Optimice assists its clients improve their organisational performance through superior facilitation of both internal and external networks. Our aim is to provide value adding tools and techniques across a breadth of industry and government applications. Our business model is to 'leverage' our tools through partners and end clients wherever possible.

Interested in Partnering?

We have previously applied our business intelligence techniques to the IT marketplace and are now interested in exploring the Mining & Resources marketplace. We believe that our 'network' view can provide some unique and value adding capability to those already operating in this marketplace. We are therefore open to partnering arrangements. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about partnering.

How to Navigate the Map

  • Move the 'strength' slider from left to right. This filters out the weaker links, and shows the stronger clusters of suppliers to deliver same types of services.

  • Hover over a supplier to see their services portfolio.

  • Search for a supplier by typing and selecting their name in the search box. This will show only their direct connections.

  • Zoom in and out, or view the map full screen.

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