Pranay Prasoon

Mine Engineering & Technology | Mine Process Improvement & Optimisation | Automation | Innovation | Strategy

Sector: Mining & Metals

Member Since, July 18, 2023

Open To Work

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About Me

I have consistently pursued two themes through my career – people and improvement. From frontline mining operation to delivering technology-led solutions to addressing critical strategical challenges within the mining industry, I have sought to integrate innovation, process, and people. Thus far, this journey has taken me from mining organization to technology consultancy, and through multiple disciplines; within each area, I have remained focused on data and process driven methodologies to bring transformation through continuous improvement program and/or technological intervention.

I have a special interest in shaping mining industry transformation, and exploring the interdependencies between human, process, and emerging technologies.

Key Skills

• Truck-Shovel Mining Method, Mine Production, Operation & Development, Mine Planning – Short Term & Long Term, Feasibility Studies & Project Evaluation, Brownfield expansion project, Greenfield project development.

• Mine to Rail System optimization, TOC – Business/System improvement, TQM – Lean, Six Sigma (DMAIC), Change Management, Experience in challenging prestigious TQM awards – Deming Prize & Deming Grand Prize

• IT/OT Transformation and cross-departmental integration along the mining value chain for shaping digital mine.

• Experience in providing consultancy services to internal or external clients, including training, configuration and presales support


  • Professional Development Programme, Mining Engineering (2010 - 2010) UNSW

    Corporate Programme on Mining Engineering

  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Mining (1998 - 2002) S.R.K.N Engineering College, University of Nagpur

Work & Experience

  • Eurasian Resources Group (2023 - Present ) Manager Operational Readiness

  • Zyfra Company (2019 - 2023 ) Global Business Solution Architect

    • Collaborate with the client to understand business objective and transformation agenda and co-create digital roadmap to maximize value across mining chain. • Advise on the business transformation and develop digital strategy for leading mining accounts. • Pre-Project Study/Analysis, calculate economic valuation, develop business proposal, manage pilots and PoC • Design IIOT solution, through software architect and IT/OT convergence - bringing together IT solution and traditional mining hardware sensors/monitors, to address specific requirement of clients • Contribute to Zyfra product development for the mining industry. Formulate tasks on product development used as input for product development teams • Operation readiness and Implementation of projects support • Support client with technology adaptation and change management program • Analyse market and competition products to correct Zyfra’s product strategy. • Additional Responsibility of Business Development in India and SEA Region.

  • Hexagon Mining (2016 - 2019 ) Manager Technical - Mining

    Elcome Technologies is a subsidiary of Hexagon Group and takes care of Hexagon Geosystems business in India region. Hexagon Mining vertical primarily known in the industry by its product trade names – LEICA Geosystems, MineSight , SafeMine & Devex; bring Design, Fleet Management, Collision Avoidance, Production Optimization and mine monitoring together in a life-of-mine solution. Provide domain and digital mining subject matter expertise and consulting skills for clients in India region. Working to provide companies the opportunity to enable their organisation to take transformational digital technologies to reshape their mining organisations. Work with C-Suite and operational team to develop cross-departmental integration along the whole mining value chain. • Responsible for the Product Management activities of Hexagon Mining. • Advise on the Business Transformation of leading mining accounts. Develop key accounts digitization strategy. • Initiate, build, leverage and manage key strategic partnership, critical to the product strategy and success • Lead opportunity business case development through to technical proposal creation. Negotiate high-quality, profitable and deliverable complex solution opportunities. • Assist in early technology adaptation through post implementation support and change management. • Manage the solution development, support, and implementation of technologies. • Annual forecasting and P&L statement for Mining BU. • Interface with Global Product Management & Product Development team to execute the product tests & trials.

  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore (2012 - 2015 ) Mining Engineer,Technical Services

    As a Medium term planner of Hope Downs 4 • Successfully optimised 5 year mine plan with various scenarios and contingency plan. Conducted risk and financial analysis of scheduled scenarios for best business case. • Successfully and progressively improved mine planning & designing process, and norms to replicate, improve and best utilise Autonomous Haul Truck technology in mine planning activities. Assisted and advised on modifying AHS algorithm to best reflect mining process and condition. • Assist Life of Mine Planner with Pit Optimisation, Ore block modeling, pit designs, productivity trends, Haul simulation and dump optimisation for productivity sustenance. • Continuously developed mid-term/short term strategy for mining by working with various stakeholders to capture all aspects, which may affect the mining plan. As Mining Engineer in Integrated Mine Planning • Provided consulting on technical issues around planning process, engineering tools and application. Mentored and Coached Mining Engineers in engineering and technology. • Researched and evaluated latest technology for implementation at Pilbara Mine Operations. Interacted with various technology lead for development of technical solution for Pilbara Mine Operation. • Performed internal audit for mine planning and designing process. Identified, developed and proposed efficiency & process improvement project to business leader for approval. • Project Lead for development of Integrated mine plan aggregation system & reporting tool for Pilbara Mine Operations of RTIO using MS SSRS and .net services. • Developed and upgraded Mine plan risk analysis process for Pilbara Mine Operation and individual sites. • Ensured development and adaptation of Mine Design Approval System and Financial Analysis tool for Mine Schedule. . • On secondment to site as Short term mine planner (Aug’13 to Mar’14). Responsible for scheduling and issuing production and development plan for up to 3 months.

  • Tata Steel (2010 - 2012 ) Superintendent (Mining Operation)

    Designated as Unit Leader Operation and reporting to Mine Manager, key responsibilities included: • Lead and manage all mining activities and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with statutory requirement, ISO and Tata Steel policies & standards. Development and manage SOPs and Work Procedures. • Prepare and monitor compliance to mine annual budget plan and various business & legislative reports. Ensure timely completion and implementation of Short term /Long Term plan in line with mining strategy. Attentively conducted productivity analysis of mining resources (man & machine) to optimise system output, increase efficiency and reduce cost. • Lead execution of Capital brownfield expansion project “Opening of Sector C&D”. • Act as key contact to manage and resolve all inter/intra conflicts related to mining activity. • Managed all mining contracts and evaluate high value mining contracts. • Risk analysis on potentially significant threats to mining process/contract and develop contingency/alternative plan. Trial of new or alternate process/provider to ensure de-risking of existing system. • Facilitate and support all internal and external audit related to mining activities and contracts. • Providing training & mentoring to reporting Engineers. Work with HR to identify and provide training needs of staff, associates and mining crew. • Identification, initiation and implementation of Business Improvement Initiatives & Projects (TOC, TQM - Lean,Six Sigma) within timelines by prioritizing Key Projects to ensure that the team can function at high performance for safety and production. Member of core team of Raw Material Division for challenging prestigious TQM award Deming Grand Prize. Member of Training & Recognition committee & Incident Investigation Committee of Raw Material Division.

  • Tata Steel (2007 - 2010 ) Technical Advisor to General Manager

    Reporting to General Manager, key responsibilities included: • Produced Strategic Production Plan for division in line with Business Strategy Plan. Ensure alignment of Life of Mine Plan with Strategic Production Plan. • Competently provided technical input to General Manager, Operation Managers, and other technical disciplines to improve mining practice, prepare/analyse technical documents, operational planning, execution, review and reporting. Assist Procurement to define and set targets for all mining contracts. • Assess and assist Capital Projects proposals, equipment selection and opex estimation. Member of Feasibility Study for approval of Capital brownfield expansion project “Opening of Sector C&D”. Developed alternative Pre-Feasibility Plan for Greenfield Project “Kotre-Basantpur-Pachmo Project”; mining strategy agreed and accepted by Project team. • Prepare Annual business plan and monitored Divisions performance against the annual budget. Analysed processing plant and mining activities to co-ordinate and optimise the system output. • Analyse Mining Industry and executed strategy program to include long term stakeholder portfolio, trial of new/alternate process or product, identification of new market and development opportunities. • Develop and engage suppliers in relationship management program, develop strategies to ensure suppliers are fully leveraged towards operational optimisation and full contractual intent is captured, there by managing the associated risks • Assist General Manager in business governance by engaging with government, private, and community bodies/entity for sustainable relation. • Conduct various internal audits & review meeting and update General Manager on the progress of the decision implementations. • Member of Business unit Core team for wining prestigious TQM Deming Prize in 2008 • Lead Team of young mining engineers as part of change management. Challenge accepted norms and processes to come up with innovative solutions.