Kyle Saltmarsh - Australia

To Kyle, public speaking is the ability to inform, persuade and entertain, and is one of his favourite life skills. He has given business value presentations in corporate environments, presented technical content from his PhD research and given educational lectures at a university level. Kyle's personal favourite however, has been performing stand up, because at least then he is supposed to be laughed at.

Kyle loves travelling, camping, rock climbing, basketball and he also used to be an amateur magician. He is now a very amateur magician. He completed undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Applied Mathematics, and then worked on a mine site as a mechanical engineer at BHP Billiton before returning to university to complete my PhD in submarine vibration and acoustics for the Australian Defence Force. I am now a Cognitive Computing Consultant at IBM, working with Rio Tinto to incorporate intelligent analytics into the decision-making process for their scheduling operations.

Kyle's goal has, and always will be to work on exciting challenges, learn a lot along the way and to do it passionately and that's how he will tackle the 2018 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition final.

Acoustic based condition monitoring in the resource industry

The acoustics of many types of equipment contain a wealth of information pertaining to its operating condition. Acoustic based condition monitoring is used throughout industry to some degree, however, its full potential has yet to be harnessed. Traditional methods of condition monitoring, utilising performance and operational data, have historically taken precedence. However, the recent technological advancements in both hardware and machine learning allow new powerful and exciting opportunities to utilise acoustics for condition monitoring.

This presentation explains the concepts behind how acoustics are applied to monitor the condition of wheel bearings belonging to the wagons of an ore train. This technique is powerful as it is robust, easy to implement and cost effective.

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