Freeport-McMoRan Extends Collaboration with Accenture to Deliver Connected Mine Solution to North and South American Mining Operations

Additional functionality will digitally transform drilling, blasting and
mine planning processes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a premier international natural resources
company, has awarded Accenture (NYSE:ACN) a five-year agreement to
extend the implementation of the Accenture
Connected Mine solution
and drive greater digital transformation of
mining operations. Use of the solution will expand from
Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci, Arizona, open-pit copper mine to three other
locations in North America and new installations at its Cerro Verde,
Peru mine, with new features added to the digital platform.

This Connected Mine solution, built for Freeport-McMoRan by Accenture
and Avanade using the patented Accenture Connected Platforms as a
Service (CPaaS) on Microsoft Azure, provides a single application that
can quickly alert personnel so they can prevent productivity and safety
risks before they become a problem.

In addition to rules-based alerts based on real-time mine data to reduce
machine downtime and inventory costs, the solution combines mobile,
cloud and analytics to more effectively track asset utilization and
yields. The solution leverages the patented Accenture Cloud Platform to
add computing power, as needed, and launch new capabilities and services
for the business in a matter of days, as flexibility is critical in a
highly volatile commodity business.

Advanced data analytics, visualizations and specific recommendations
communicated in near real-time to mine supervisors help drive
intelligent operations with greater business insights to unlock new

“Connected Mine puts relevant information in the field to let
supervisors be more effective in achieving desired results.
Additionally, this platform acts as a conduit to effectively
operationalize critical findings from our data analytics programs,” said
Cory A. Stevens, VP Operational Improvement, Freeport-McMoRan.
“Connected Mine assists us in advancing our improvement programs to
realize value in terms of improved safety, cost reduction and increased

Added Bertrand (Bert) Odinet, VP and CIO, Freeport-McMoRan, “The
extended deployment of the Connected Mine solution not only uses digital
technologies to enhance our mining operations, but adds substantial
value by creating a framework for measuring improvement. It will provide
context and actionable information for our field teams. We also expect
it to reduce miscommunication as the platform makes data readily
available almost real-time to all parties, both upstream and downstream.”

Amy Dale, managing director and client account lead, Accenture
Resources, noted, “We are delighted that Freeport-McMoRan is extending
the deployment of our Connected Mine solution. When faced with industry
challenges including low commodity prices and declining ore grades,
there’s a pressing need for miners to adapt their strategies and
capitalize on innovative digital tools and capabilities to drive
operational excellence. Freeport-McMoRan is at the forefront of that

Beyond the geographical expansion, Accenture and Avanade will continue
to build new functionality into the Connected Mine solution, including
dynamic mine planning, drill visualization and blast optimization. These
and other enhancements target increased response times to mining process
issues via real-time alerts to supervisors armed with ruggedized tablets
and mobile phones.

About Accenture

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broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and
specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business
functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network –
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
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About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud
services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered
through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our
professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology,
business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth
for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally
connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking
through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the
communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade
was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn
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