First Western Australian Founded Mining Software Company Joins ERDi i4.0 TestLab - Alastri

Published 21/1/2021

The UWA ERDi I4.0 TestLab is excited to welcome our newest and first Western Australian founded company to its membership group – Alastri.

Alastri builds mine planning and scheduling software for open-pit operations and has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with an ever-increasing customer base of new clients choosing to use their growing suite of software products.

“We’re excited and look forward to engaging with Alastri regarding i4.0 interoperability opportunities as market demand continues to grow in the space”, said ERDi TestLab founder John Kirkman.

“It’s a great start to 2021 to welcome our very first Western Australian founded software company as a member.  The prospect of exploring i4.0 interoperability opportunities with the team at Alastri is one we are excited about.  ”, added Kirkman.

“Being WA based also aligns well with the goals of our founding partner METS Ignited, in ensuring Australian METS companies are not left behind with i4.0 enabled opportunities.”


About Alastri

Alastri was founded in 2012 by Daniel Narayan (Mining Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006) and Max Bygraves (Mine Surveying, WA School of Mines Curtin University, 1994), out of a desire to build open-pit mine planning software that is fast, visually stunning, user friendly, and able to model the complex open-pit mines of tomorrow. All successful ventures have passion at their core. The desire to create game-changing mine planning software is the passion that drives Alastri. A focus on user experience and speed is in Alastri’s heritage and remains central to how we build software today. 

 By concentrating exclusively on open-pit mining, we are able to build higher-level software that enables mining engineers to think like mining engineers; not programmers. After almost a decade and with clients spanning the globe, Alastri’s software suite continues to grow with products that cover daily scheduling through to life of mine planning.

ABOUT UWA ERDi i4.0 TestLab

The University of Western Australia’s Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability Industry 4.0 TestLab has been established to work with industry to develop new technologies as part of the fourth industrial revolution (known as Industry 4.0).

Industry 4.0 Testlabs are a strategic initiative of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, which was formed in 2016 with the support of the Australian Government. The Taskforce is also working in close collaboration with the German Labs Network Industrie 4.0, the key organisation driving the development and deployment of Industry 4.0 Testbeds in Germany.

I4.0 aligned architecture and technology components will deliver the next step change in operational performance for the Energy and Resources sectors. I4.0 interoperability standards are critical in unlocking this value. The ERDi Testlab is a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the rapid realisation of these benefits through research, development, trials, testing and education.

About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian state of Western Australia. The university's main campus is in Perth, the state capital, with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere.

UWA was established in 1911 by an act of the Parliament of Western Australia and began teaching students two years later.[2] It is the sixth-oldest university in Australia and was Western Australia's only university until the establishment of Murdoch University in 1973. Because of its age and reputation, UWA is classed one of the "sandstone universities", an informal designation given to the oldest university in each state. The university also belongs to several more formal groupings, including the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities.


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