Aug 09, 2017

MMG embraces mine control technology

MMG embraces mine control technology

Micromine has commissioned its Pitram underground fleet management and mine control technology at MMG’s Dugald River mine in north-west Queensland.

Construction for MMG’s Dugald River zinc project is more than 70 per cent complete, with first production targeted in early 2018.

“We are very excited to have implemented Pitram at Dugald River,” Pitram business development manager Chris Rowohlt said.

“Pitram will provide MMG with an overall view of the current mine status, therefore enabling more control over the operation.”

Mr Rowohlt said the Pitram system’s real-time data entry allowed the control room to make proactive decisions, ensuring the operation could run safely and efficiently to maximise output.

The system uses voice radio data capture, allowing production data to be entered via radio communication.

Included in the deployment is Pitram’s Materials Management module, which uses mine design, survey and production data to provide real-time stockpile balances throughout the mining operation.

“The Pitram Materials Management module adds value to the Dugald River operation by providing an accurate method of tracking the material flow including grades from source to processing” Mr Rowohlt said.

Additional modules will include Drill and Blast, which provides tools for planning and managing drill and blast operations, while a Controlled Areas module improves safety by monitoring access to dangerous and hazardous areas.

MMG Dugald River mine technical services superintendent Rhett de Vries said improvements in safety, productivity and reporting efficiency were already being realised, and the business looked forward to leveraging the benefits as the operation ramped up.





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