AngloGold Ashanti will use MinLog’s MineSuite system to provide an underground mine management system at the Sunrise Dam operation in Western Australia.
The initiative will build capacity for supporting increased production targets at the gold mine. MineSuite will enable management, geologists, mining engineers, shift supervisors and operators to schedule, track, monitor and control operations.
The ability to provide for short-term activity planning, equipment scheduling and tracking of progress against plan – with the ability to also adjust activity schedules on the fly – was a key factor in the decision.
Another important aspect is MinLog’s Distributed Store and Forward (DSF) technology. This finds the quickest path between equipment and server via a combination of access points and on-board field computer equipment and safeguards the system against communications black spots.
“MineSuite will provide Sunrise Dam with a technology platform for the future,” MinLog managing director Karel Gilliland said. “It applies the principles of a well-connected mine, by means of modern architecture supporting the industrial internet of things.”
MineSuite applications at Sunrise Dam will include activity planning and management, short interval control, task management and equipment allocation, material tracking and certification, proximity detection and traffic management, and ventilation control.
“In the current climate there is, more than ever, a need for our customers to be agile and responsive to changing market demand and business strategy,” added Gilliland.
“Our systems bridge the planning and operations divide and span multiple business processes in our customers’ operational value chain.”
The MineSuite system will be deployed in stages, with the delivery of the first outcome as early as next month.