Commercial software company Runge Pincock Minarco (RPM) recently launched a mining planning software product that focuses entirely on scheduling an open cut coal mine.
The Open Cut Coal XPAC Solution gives miners a standardised approach to scheduling across their operations while simplifying the process of creating robust schedules.
Miners can use the program for visibility and transparency to produce JORC and NI 43-101 compliance statements.
RMP’s product manager for mine planning, Alun Philips introduced the new software.
“Open Cut Coal belongs to our family of commodity specific solutions, based on the powerful scheduling engine of our flagship XPAC product.
“This family of products introduces a simplified, user-friendly approach to mine planning reducing the complexity of generating production schedules.”
The Open Cut Coal features in-built intelligence, which means users no longer need custom-written scripts. You can spend more time engineering instead of scripting an outcome.
“One of the biggest hurdles with other applications in the past has been the need to develop and maintain complex scripts to generate a workable schedule.
“In our XPAC Solutions, we removed the need for engineers to become script writers and debuggers, allowing them to spend significantly more time planning their mine than managing their data.”
Users can quickly run multiple scenarios and analyse extra options, meaning there is less operational risk and more confidence.
Miners can modify mining rules at different stages of the scheduling process so it can cope with the unique realities of open cut coal mines.
The specialised database allows miners to handle large data sets steadily.
The software is easy to use with its wizard style interface that takes users through the steps to schedule the open pit coal mine. The interface only includes options relevant to their exact mining method and commodity.
“Users shouldn’t see the simplified interface as a reduction of the overall power in the RPM scheduling offering.
“At the core of Open Cut Coal is the powerful XPAC scheduling engine featuring RPM’s 40 years of mining intelligence, in-built.”
In-built mining intelligence guides users through the scheduling process, making it easy to learn. This reduces reliance on external consultants or niche skills.
It uses best practice standardised calculation methodologies for data to reduce variability between plan versus actuals.
Open Cut Coal is RPM’s second commodity specific solution, after launching the Underground Coal XPAC Solution earlier this year.