Fosterville production growth supported by Pitram


Kirkland Lake Gold has adopted Micromine’s fleet management and mine production solution Pitram at its award-winning Fosterville gold operation in Victoria.

The mining company’s three key targets at Fosterville are to deliver low-cost production, advance its exploration and development pipeline and maintain a large resource and reserve base.

The Fosterville team uses Pitram to help achieve these goals by tracking results in real-time, analyse data, better manage start and end of shift control, pinpoint weaknesses in the production pipeline and track lone workers to enhance safety management, according to Pitram operations manager Daren Hinchliffe.

This reduces the time spent on manual administration tasks while helping bolster Fosterville’s operational safety and efficiency.

“Pitram is a sophisticated, intuitive and cost-effective platform to support [Fosterville’s] targets,” Hinchcliffe said.

“It also integrates with the multiple information technology systems already in place to aid information sharing between systems, saving time and improve the value and accuracy of all of the data collected.”

Fosterville was named Australian Mining Mine of the Year in 2018. Since operations began in 2005, the underground gold mining operation has increased its output rapidly. In 2018, Fosterville produced a record 356,230 ounces at an average grade of 24.9 grams per tonne.

“We understood the benefit of having a single database and using Pitram’s data acquisition for managing our high-grade ore movements,” Kirkland Lake mine business improvements engineer Ben Enwards said.

“Once Pitram was selected, we really put the pressure on Daren and his team to have the system installed and operational as soon as possible.”

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