A Digital Process Model re-defines the digital twin as they are based on not just physical modelling. They use both machine learning and physical models in parallel which are being fed by real operational data from both the material model and virtual sensor outputs therefore (arguably) more representative and accurate of predicting performance.

A digital process model shares the same intended outcomes as a digital twin; a virtual simulator of mining operations;a carbon copy in the digital world where management can manipulate a huge number of variables over a given time period to see how changes will affect both up- and down-stream processes.
By giving teams the ability to simulate changes in the mining process, however big or small, quickly and with no risk to the actual (rather costly) operation, the pressure associated with making mistakes is removed.

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