Mine planning gets boost from software

MINING engineers will now be able to integrate quick and accurate destination schedules into mine planning procedures thanks to a new software application developed by Australian consulting company Runge.

Staff Reporter

The XPAC Destination Scheduler means that, for the first time, material placement can be planned in conjunction with the primary scheduling process, according to Runge. This will make material excavation and placement part of a seamless, integrated mine planning approach.

Destination Scheduler complements previous XPAC releases, accepting records from all geological modeling applications. The module accurately models all material flows from source to destination, offering dramatically improved scheduling capacity compared to traditionally simplistic dump analysis.

Fundamentally XPAC ‘sees and reads’ the transformation of in-situ deposit into subsequent stages of the mining operation. XPAC models waste dumps, stockpiles, back fill operations, crusher deliveries, etc. as part of one integrated scheduling process. The software would be of interest to longwall mines, such as Eastern US underground mines, that have blending requirements and manage several products and stockpiles.

Users will have various scheduling methods from which to choose. Product, stockpile and dump path scheduling capabilities are part of a free upgrade to all current XPAC users. Advanced Destination Scheduling, an innovative tool which employs new technology, is available separately.

"Waste placement management is often the single most expensive cost in the mining operation. We designed XPAC Destination Scheduler to provide mine operators with an accurate forecasting tool which will improve the economics of their operations," Runge managing director, Tony Kinnane, said.

"Mining operators will benefit from possessing a fully integrated production forecast. For a start it will give them greater confidence in their planning decisions and substantially reduce the time required to compare alternatives.

"Couple this with the fact that operators will now have the ability to make the right ‘once in a mine-life’ decision to avoid compromise, inefficiency and unnecessary expense. Destination Scheduler even provides the detail required to develop detailed environmental management plans.

"This latest addition to the XPAC family makes this software the most comprehensive planning tool available - the perfect companion for businesses wanting to gain maximum economic benefit from their mining operations," he said.

Runge will be launching Destination Scheduler at the following venues:

Moranbah, July 2

Singleton, July 3

Brisbane, July 4

Sessions will be held in the next few months in South Africa, Canada, United States and South America.

For further details contact: info@runge.com.au