PRESS RELEASE: Integrating with RPM’s Enterprise Planning Platform, UGMS features automated planning and scheduling, allowing mining engineers to focus on achieving the scheduling outcomes needed. RPM’s solution architects have focused on embedding logical workflows with backfill functionality in the intelligence layer, so that the solution automatically determines what is practically possible to achieve. Unique to RPM’s intelligence layer within UGMS is dynamic haulage, a product optimiser and parametric design functionality.
Commenting on the release, RPM’s CEO and managing director Richard Mathews said: “RPM is not just doing the same thing and expecting a different result in today’s mining environment. We have truly defined the digital mining landscape with mine planning being the lynchpin of the digital mine, integrated with our Enterprise Planning Platform.
“We have been working with our customers to take the world’s leading scheduling solution into underground metals mines. UGMS engulfs a multi-disciplinary approach because underground mining is just that – multi-disciplinary. Put simply, underground mine planning involves determining the optimum schedule for the pool of underground resources to extract the most out of the ore, at the lowest cost, and with the greatest safety.”
According to RPM, UGMS provides a singular view of the traditionally complicated, siloed activities of stoping, backfill and development to deliver productivity, safety and revenue gains in underground mining.
Mathews added: “The UGMS intelligence layer … is made up of pre-defined logic, which, when combined with the tacit knowledge of mining engineers, delivers breakthrough strategic insight. The dynamic haulage within UGMS doesn’t just look at haulage from a production perspective. The solution calculates the cost and implication of haulage decisions to the entire operation, creating part of the singular view effect.
“In addition, parametric modelling functionality ensures rules are never forgotten, giving engineers the capability to study the impacts of the rules versus trying to create the plan manually. In a market that is seemingly starting to swing upwards, being able to determine how to maximise production and profit in a safe environment will facilitate operations obtaining the competitive advantage needed. The integration of production and backfill is a direct result of customer feedback.”
“RPM’s UGMS has been specifically designed to address the common challenges underground miners face while having a laser focus on productivity, revenue and safety. This solution allows mining companies to factor in everything so they can perform every ‘what if’ from every angle.”