Technology

Criteria for Selecting a Fleet Management System

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Favorites, Technology | 4 comments

Criteria for Selecting a Fleet Management System

In every decision for technology, a company’s business objectives must be matched with an OTM’s proven offerings. You may disagree with me but that means that there is not one OEM or OTM that is the perfect fit for every single mine any where in the world. In the case of fleet management system, there are always different reasons why the project was born: higher production, lower costs, better material blending, production monitoring, tire management, etc. The key is to find the best fit.

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Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 4 comments

Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

For my first post of 2012, I though it would be fitting to write about the new year’s targets and goals for each mine. Every year, many mines are tasked with increasing production and decreasing operating costs without additional capital equipment. This blog will discuss the questions a mine manager, superintendent or operations engineer should be asking and then using the information provided to ultimately build an action plan for 2012.

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Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 3 comments

Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans
There are dozens of factors that go into the ultimate burden, spacing and charge weight design of any blast pattern. This blog post is not to describe the best practices that go into this design nor is it used to replace D&B 101. The purpose of this post is to utilize a couple of simple technologies to determine whether your d&b strategy is optimized. As some of you may know, my niche in mining is to combine my operational experience with the advancement of technologies; so we can mine smarter, not harder.
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Open Pit Design with 802.11n and Meshing: Best of Both Worlds

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Favorites, Technology | 0 comments

Open Pit Design with 802.11n and Meshing: Best of Both Worlds
This article assumes basic knowledge of 802.11a/b/g/n WIFI, Motorola MotoMesh and the concept of meshing.
There are three important factors when designing a network. My background is mine engineering so the details are beyond me but I have learnt that Throughput, Target Coverage and Network Uptime are key design criterias.
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Power of Benchmarking: Meaningful Reporting across Multiple Mining Operations

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

Power of Benchmarking: Meaningful Reporting across Multiple Mining Operations
There is an increasing emphasis across mining companies for a common standard and accompanying definitions of mobile and fixed plant equipment time categorisation and key performance indicators (KPI). As I mentioned in my last blog on the significance of downstream processes when implementing new technologies, having a set of KPIs to regularly measure and benchmark is very a key to sustaining and measuring the impact of change, especially when you have multiple operations that span the globe.
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The significance of downstream processes to support new technologies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

The significance of downstream processes to support new technologies
For this first entry I thought I would write about one important aspect of technology implementation that I strongly believe needs to be improved across the mining industry.  
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