Collaborate and plan

Mining software solutions company RPMGlobal and MineWare, a Komatsu company, have teamed up in an integration and product development collaboration.

RPM’s short-term scheduling solutions have been working alongside MineWare’s weighing and positioning solutions for draglines, shovels and hydraulic loading equipment to enable mining companies to compare their planned production activities to what is actually happening in their mine, in real time.

Simultaneously with the release of this integration, MineWare and RPM executed a global strategic partnership agreement to jointly identify and pursue opportunities to provide their respective solutions and the integration to mining companies around the world.

The two companies worked together for 12 months to develop a robust enterprise-grade integration which was released to the industry in March.

“We are not announcing a partnership and then promising to go away and build something in the future; we are unveiling a completed development project,” RPM CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said.

“We used the new mining ISA95 enterprise integration standards, which means this integration is robust, open and flexible.

“This solution fills a void in the mine plan compliance and control space. As the mining industry moves closer towards autonomy and stricter short interval control processes, there is a distinct need for data to be validated and then transferred between software applications using enterprise integration platforms and standards.”

Mr Mathews said the integration saw RPM’s software products pass critical spatial planning data directly from the mine planning systems to the operator of the loading equipment.

“As the equipment progresses through the mining face, actual loading data – bucket positions, equipment locations – is sent back to the planner and displayed in their planning products so they can review, analyse andadjust their plan based on actual working information,” he said.

“For both the planners and equipment operators, this integrated solution amplifies their real-time decisionmaking capabilities.”

RPM also visually overlays the longer-term plan guidance polygons so the planners can view where their machines are operating today and where they need to be mining tomorrow, whilst ensuring they are adhering to where they need to be next week or month, giving a true plan

compliance interface that delivers high plan predictability.

“We believe active partnerships between the global mining software providers are crucial to the ongoing success of the mining industry,” Mr Mathews said.

“We are taking the plan-compliance learnings from other industries and adapting them to solve some of mining’s key productivity challenges.

“In other industries, technology companies cracked the real-time plan compliance nut many decades ago. 

“Our early discussions with MineWare quickly identified the natural fit between the two organisations.

“We have the plan and they have the actuals, so by developing an open two-way integration we can compare the two.”

With the development of the integration finalised, RPM and MineWare have entered into a Product Development Collaboration agreement to support the product’s entry into the market.

latest news

Galaxy Resources bullish on Sal de Vida project

Galaxy Resources boss Anthony Tse says the company is accelerating plans to develop its US$376 ($529) million Sal de Vida brine project in Argentina.

Read more

Mayor hopeful on Super Pit cuts

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler is confident vacancies in the local mining industry will be able to absorb workers laid off by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in the wake of a second round of redundancies in less than four months.

Read more

OZ Minerals secures stake

Australian mid-tier OZ Minerals remains positive about the chance of opening a new nickel province in the remote Goldfields after securing the majority stake in Cassini Resources’ Nebo-Babel nickel-copper project.

Read more

Gwalia pours its 2 millionth ounce

St Barbara has poured its two millionth ounce from the evergreen Gwalia operation near Leonora in the northern Goldfields, Western Australia, as new drill results give hope the ultra-deep gold mine extends even further beneath the surface.

Read more

Smelter shutdown will not hurt production: BHP

BHP said a shutdown at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter caused by a highly publicised fire will not lead to a drop in annual production for its Nickel West division.

Read more

BHP sees no impact from trade tensions

BHP Billiton said it has not seen a material impact from current global trade tensions on its business but remains cautious in the near term.

Read more


industry insight

Red tape continues to constrict EPA approvals, experts say

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) plays an integral role in ensuring Western

Products & Technology

Sorting sensor drives efficiencies

A new ore-sorting solution using magnetic resonance technology is set to deliver dramatic gains globally by identifying waste rock prior to being sent to a

People & Projects

Forging future leaders

Australia’s global leadership and innovation in mining is increasingly recognised beyond its borders, with local expertise in high demand abroad, according to the Australian Mines

Occupational Health and Safety

Upping its Teck game

With an innovative and creative approach, Western Australian manufacturing company Teck Global has developed a design solution to overcome the major drawbacks of traditional



Slow uptake could leave future industry weaker

Australian mining sits at a crossroads when it comes to innovation and efficiency improvement, according to Schneider Electric Pacific Zone President and Managing Director Gareth O’Reilly.

Read more