MICROMINE has implemented its leading fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, at the Oyu Tolgoi Copper-Gold Project in the South Gobi region of Mongolia. Owned by Turquoise Hill, Rio Tinto and the Government of Mongolia, Oyu Tolgoi re-commenced its underground development in 2016 and is expected to move into production in 2020.
The implementation of Pitram includes standard voice deployment to equipment, configured to collect data relating to underground development activities with the focus being on high quality collection of metrics such as equipment utilisation and personnel performance. Additional modules purchased included the controlled areas management module and the OLAP cube module.
MICROMINE chief operations officer Michael Layng said, “The controlled areas module will provide monitoring capability to dangerous or hazardous areas. Supervisors will be alerted when the maximum duration or number of personnel is exceeded within these areas. This will contribute to ensuring a safe working environment for Oyu Tolgoi staff.”
He adds, “OLAP cube performs a multi-dimensional analysis of operational mining data and provides valuable input for management or supervisors to make decisions.”
Initial on site deployment of Pitram was conducted by MICROMINE staff at the end of September. During this visit, the system was commissioned on production servers and numerous training courses were run to meet specific user’s requirements. Additional site visits are planned for early 2017 where MICROMINE staff will provide small software updates related to the management of reference data and operator qualifications.
Michael Layng has already begun to receive positive feedback from Oyu Tolgoi staff. “At this stage, all feedback has been positive. The staff were pleased with the level of training we provided and complemented our dedication and flexibility in regards to the implementation process.”
Pitram is an essential and proven system for the management, control and process improvement of mining operations. It is used to record data related to equipment, personnel, locations and materials, providing an overall view of mine status, thereby increasing control and efficiency. Pitram’s analytical tools help mine controllers and engineers identify operational constraints, improve the utilisation of resources and increase production.
Pitram makes development and production more efficient and safe by providing miners with real time information on equipment, ore and personnel thereby facilitating faster and smarter decision-making.