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Mine

Management
and control
System
for underground mining operations
Data Driven Management.
The Smarts™ Underground mine management
and control system

The Minetec SMARTS™ system brings an entirely SMARTS™ provides:


new level of productivity to underground mining • Long-term
operations. Tasks such as resource allocation, scheduling and team simulation and
cost productivity,
management become automated with scalable options. By automating tasks modeling
that are typically handled manually, SMARTS™ will enhance efficiency, increase
• Real-time adaptive
safety, reduce costs, and improve work quality in mining operations. optimization
• Real-time traffic
Ultimately, the efficiencies that result from a SMARTS implementation help
™ management
and high accuracy
create an atmosphere of teamwork among all levels of miners, from vehicle
situational
operators, to shift operators, to mine managers. awareness
SMARTS™ provides a combination of applications to plan the STEPS
1: Load mine design
SMARTS™ Scalable Modules
day-to-day task allocation of resources in the mine, allowing
2: Define variables
mine managers to focus on driving efficiency, safety cost and SMARTS™ Long- and Short-term Planning Modules
3: Conduct long-term
SMARTS™ is an end-to-end solution both for simulating
quality. By integrating SMARTS™ with the ELF™ communications simulation
potential mine operations and for managing the mine
network and the Trax & Tags™ tracking system, Minetec provides 4: Adjust variables to dynamically over time. After importing an approved mine
achieve plan design, the planning engineer populates the Long-term
a comprehensive, enterprise-wide solution for underground Planning Module with vehicle parameters, rock properties,
5: Load long-term model
mining operations. into short- term simulator task information and other specifics. The planning
engineer can view the simulation as it animates the
6: Specify shift constraints future development of the mine. Based on the results, the

Data Driven Management.


7: Simulate day plan parameters can be adjusted to see if the simulation gives
a more favorable outcome.
8: Approve/dispatch plan
Once the long-term simulation is completed the Short-
9: Monitor/react to delays
term Planning Module is used to specify short-term shift
The Smarts™ Underground mine management 10: Gather and report targets using variables such as vehicle location, mine area
information availabilities, and the current priority of the development
and control system and production targets. Both plans are linked to insure that the short-term plan will meet long-term goals. As the system is
linked, task and vehicle bottlenecks can be freed, allowing the mine to operate more efficiently. The system also allows for
past shift analysis allowing for what if analysis on future shifts.

Mine Design
SMARTS™ Mobile Terminal and Onboard Task Modules
The Minetec SMARTS system brings an entirely
™ SMARTS provides:

The SMARTS™ Mobile Terminal is a ruggedized tablet,
new level of productivity to underground mining • Long-term making it accessible in an underground vehicle and
anywhere Wi-Fi is available. The SMARTS™ Mobile
operations. Tasks such as resource allocation,
simulation and
Mine Design Engineer scheduling and team Terminal provides Onboard Task Modules that provide
(Schedule Owner) cost productivity, connectivity and communication between vehicle
management become automated with scalable options. By automating tasks modeling operators and control center staff for dispatch verification,
that are typically handled manually, SMARTS™ will enhance efficiency,
Tasking increase
Information from Approved Plan task commencing, task operation, task delay, and delay
• Real-time adaptive handling notification. The mobile terminals run embedded
safety, reduce costs, and improve work quality in mining operations. optimization software that can be updated as site requirements change
without interrupting operations.
• Real-time traffic
Input Mine Params
SMARTS™ management
Ultimately, the efficiencies that result from a SMARTS implementation help

Delay/
Completion and high accuracy
create an atmosphere of teamwork among all levels of miners, from vehicle
Current State of Mine Data situational
operators, to shift operators, to mine managers. awareness SMARTS™ Task Control Center Module
Tablet PC The SMARTS™ Task Control Center Module has a
comprehensive menu of features to ensure that all
operators and managers are aware of both the short
Shift Engineer Equipment Operator
and long term goals of the mine plan. By incorporating
(Schedule Implementation)
checks and balances, SMARTS™ helps control center staff
determine that all team members are aware of the plan,
Reports and Task
are following it, and/or have communicated changes to
Completion Information all involved. Through the Task Control Center Module,
Output
Shift Plan
control room operators/shift bosses can approve or reject
the plan at will. Once a plan is approved, it is dispatched
to all vehicles simultaneously. SMARTS™ can issue tasks
Approved
Shift Plan to assets in the field and dynamically shift works around
existing progress and delays.

SMARTS™ Real-time Reporting


The SMARTS™ Task Control Center Module includes the
ability to generate real time reports. In this way, managers
can measure the long term and short term goals of the
Changed mine plan against actual performance. A fully-automated
Resource range of reports are supported covering all aspects of the
Usage
mine management, compliance to plan and mining cycles.

Control Room Operator Manager/Auditor


or Shift Engineer
A SMARTS™ Use Case Cycle

Monthly Plan Monthly plan is revised Planning Engineers


Weekly Plan for heading priorities, Production Engineers
Sunday 1:30 crews, maintenance and Tech Services
equipment. Survey
Geology
Weekly plan is created.
Mine Manager
Exploration
Maintenance

Data Driven Management. Shift Boss comes up from


Underground, meets with
Mine Co-ordinator
Mine Control
12 AM/PM Mine Controller re: 2nd half Operator
The Smarts™ Underground mine management of shift and next shift plan.
18 hour outlook.
and control system

Geology meeting re: stopes, Geology™ Production


The Minetec SMARTS™ system brings an entirely drills, rigs.
SMARTS provides:
Superintendent
new level of productivity
5 AM/PM
to underground mining Mine Coordinator
• Long-term
Foreman
operations. Tasks such as resource allocation, scheduling and team simulation
Tech Servicesand
cost productivity,
management become automated with scalable options. By automating tasks modeling
that are typically handled manually, SMARTS™ will enhance efficiency, increase
• Real-time adaptive
safety, reduce costs, and improve work quality in mining operations. optimization
Outgoing Co-ordinator has SMARTS™ plan ready
for next shift. • Real-time traffic
5:15 AM/PM
Ultimately, the efficiencies that result from a SMARTS™ implementation help management
and high accuracy
create an atmosphere of teamwork among all levels of miners, from vehicle
situational
operators, to shift operators, to mine managers. awareness

Co-ordinator meeting, late Outgoing>


status reports (resource and Incoming Co-ordinator
5:30 AM/PM other restrictions taken into Service Crew Rep
account). Superintendent
Foreman
Alter SMARTS™plan.

Hand over to new Outgoing>


Co-ordinator. Incoming Co-ordinator
5:45 AM/PM Service Crew Rep
Supervisors
Mine Control

New Co-ordinator Incoming Co-ordinator


present to crew.
6 AM/PM

Cycle repeats
throughout the week
on 12 hour intervals.
Company Overview
Minetec Pty Ltd, (Willetton, Western Australia), is part of the Codan Group of
companies, serving customers in more than 150 countries. Founded in 2000,
Minetec quickly established itself as a service partner to the mining industry,
and has grown rapidly into an established technology provider delivering safety
and productivity-based products to serve the critical needs and requirements of
miners. An acknowledged leader in hard-rock underground mining, Minetec has
expanded this expertise to address the needs of surface mining. Minetec supports
products through integrated project engineering, delivery and life cycle services
and maintenance. With on-site expertise, proactive service-based support and
ongoing remote monitoring, Minetec provides a single point of contact across mine
sites. Maintenance, training and technical support is provided through Codan’s
long established global network of staff and dealers. Products are manufactured at
Codan’s state-of-the-art facilities in Australia.

Product lines:
• SMARTS™:
Mine management and control (MMC)
• SafeDetect™:
Collision avoidance & proximity detection
• ELF™:
Ethernet-over-Leaky Feeder infrastructure
• Trax & Tags™:
Vehicle and personnel position reporting and tracking

10 Kembla Way, Willetton


WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6155
P: +61 8 9259 4955
F: +61 8 9259 4090
E: minetec@minetec.com.au
W: www.minetec.com.au

SMARTS™ is a trademark of Minetec