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A framework for standardised industrial process data report structuring
Stéphan Taljaard, Sybrand van Niekerk, Jan Vosloo

Last modified: 2019-09-02


Industrial processes generate vast amounts of data. If relevant data is captured and analysed, useful information can be extracted. Through reporting and dashboarding, this information can be used for informed decision-making.

Although business intelligence tools allowing effective reporting exist, spreadsheet software, like Microsoft Excel, is still widely used instead. This is despite the disadvantages of using a tool that is not specifically designed for reporting. One of the main disadvantages is that report set up is often non-standardised, making it difficult and time-inefficient for persons to maintain reports they are unfamiliar with.

This paper presents a framework with which reports can be structured. The framework is a method for defining all report data sources and content. It also defines how data and content are linked. The framework has been applied to a South African mining group. 36 report templates were generated adhering to the standard. With all report data sources and content being defined in a standardised and structured manner, the report generation, standardisation and approval process was expedited.


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