Innovative mining solutions provider Micromine has implemented its underground fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, at MMG’s Dugald River mine, in north-west Queensland.
The mine has one of the world’s highest-grade known zinc deposits and in 2016 announced an optimised mine plan that will support a 1.7Mtpa operation with annual production of around 170,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus by-products.
Pitram allows control room administrators to capture live data, ensuring data accuracy, as well as increased efficiency and control over equipment, tasks and personnel.
The solution uses voice radio data capture, allowing production data to be entered into Pitram 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 module adds value to the Dugald River operation by providing an accurate method of tracking the material flow, including grades from source to processing.
MMG Dugald River Mine technical services superintendent Rhett de Vries said, “The implementation of Pitram has provided Dugald River with a robust Mine Control solution that will allow the operation to record, manage and process mine site data in real-time.”
“Improvements in safety, productivity and reporting efficiency are already being realised, and the business looks forward to leveraging these benefits as the operation ramps up.”
Additional modules implemented will include Drill and Blast, which provides tools for planning and managing drill and blast operations; and the Controlled Areas module which improves safety by monitoring access to dangerous and hazardous areas.