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CIM - GMG Virtual Event

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Innovation in Mining | The Use and Application of Data

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CIM and GMG are working together to bring you a great lineup of speakers the CIM Convention had to offer with the chance to participate in building a valuable guidance document for the global mining industry. This event will feature presentations on the use and application of data, with a particular focus on mobile equipment, and a workshop to develop content for GMG’s Mobile Equipment Open Data guideline project.

CIM Convention Innovation Presentations

Chaired by Glenn Johnson, Senior Mining Engineer Technology, Teck

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Samantha Espley, formerly General Manager - Mining Technology & Innovation, Vale (retired) and current CIM President 2020-2021


David Fisk, Sales Manager, GE Mining

You Have the Data – Let’s use it for Equipment Optimization


This case study looks at how an operating mine uses the available operations data to optimize equipment operation and reduce failures using advanced analytics and predictive tools in both the plant and the mobile fleet. Intelligent real time monitoring allows operators to make better, more timely decisions to improve equipment reliability and optimize mine processes. The results were significant increases in operational capacity, and reductions in maintenance costs.

Jouko Muona, Product Manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Implementing data-based drill planning to reduce costs in tunnel development


Equipment is becoming more technically advanced, but operators do not always effectively implement the technology, which can result in a lack of realization of the true value of the new technology.

Operators often have their own opinions on how to drill or charge the face, leading to potentially variable and suboptimal operational results. However, with data monitoring and measure-while-drilling (MWD) solutions, it is possible to act upon data to achieve improved performance and ultimately develop a more reliable and efficient drill and blast plans.

Sandvik’s iSure 8.0 software analyzes data on each round’s accuracy versus the drill plan. The improved blasting results lead to an improvement in the total work cycle time by reducing scaling time, creating a better face for next round’s drilling, reducing the damage zone created from the round’s blast and creating a better profile for bolting work and the automated production drilling rig’s operation.

The software analyzes data on trend, drill steel consumption, holes drilled, face shape, achieved pull-out, geological interpretation based on drilling, and onboard profile scanner data to optimize the drill and blast process. In this presentation we will examine the vast array of data that can be analyzed by Sandvik’s iSure 8.0 software and demonstrate how this data collection and analysis process works by making fact-based decisions in face drilling.

Using the iSure software will lead to more controlled blasting and is more likely to result in the optimal quality of excavation, with repeatable results in each work cycle as subsequent drill plans can be modified based on the learned data. We will explain that by repeatedly achieving optimal drilling results the drill and blast process will become increasingly more cost efficient.

Ryley Elkjer, Performance Assurance Lead, Customer Value, Modular Mining, Canada

Managing idle time at shift change


Poorly managed shift change, an issue experienced by many mine operations, can result in a multitude of problems. One of the most common is equipment parking up too early at the end of a shift, a situation that negatively impacts shift production and can potentially cause starvation of the crusher during the shift change period.

In this presentation we will describe how two operations, one in the US and one in Colombia, used untapped functionality within their existing fleet management system (FMS) to overcome recurring challenges. We will explain how making the transition from manual shift change processes to automated ones helped the mines take control of undue equipment and operator idle time, enforce best practices, and improve overall shift change efficiency.

Through real-world examples, we will demonstrate how the US-based mine applied FMS functionality to increase end-of-shift last-load counts by a combined (day and night shifts) 22%, resulting in an increase in production of more than 8000 tons per shift.

We will also show how the Colombian mine utilized additional capabilities within its FMS to optimize parkup assignments during previously underperforming time periods, and increase production by at least 20 loads per shift.

GMG Workshop: GMG Mobile Equipment Open Data Project

This project is to develop a consensus-based guideline between mine operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides a clear understanding of what open data means, industry priorities around it, acceptable uses of information and the relationships between stakeholders. The purpose is to enable mine operators to make data-driven decisions in order to prevent failures and safety incidents and to enable innovation and continuous improvement.

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