Runge Pincock Minarco (RPM) launched its new Oil Sands XPAC Solution (OSS) at the annual CIM Convention in Vancouver, Canada. The OSS is the latest commodity based solution to be added to RPM’s suite of scheduling solutions.
OSS is an end-to-end scheduling solution purpose-built for oil sands mines to streamline the entire mine scheduling process from geology to scheduling, haulage and product optimisation.
Craig Halliday, RPM’s Vice President of Software explains that the company has been working with oil sands operators for over 20 years, leading to the development of the OSS, which delivers solutions for the major challenges faced by the oil sands industry.
According to Mr Alun Philips, RPM’s Product Manager – Scheduling, scheduling solutions in the past have relied on inputs from a number of different data sources. However, OSS manages scheduling in one place from start to finish while also allowing easy use of the latest geological and haulage information to ensure schedules are accurate and achievable.
OSS also integrates directly with XERAS for Enterprise, RPM’s enterprise financial modelling solution, which allows for the seamless transfer of operational information into XERAS.
OSS has been built on the industry standard XPAC scheduling engine and is ‘script-free’, which allows schedulers to harness the underlying scheduling power to deliver results quickly. OSS can be implemented in days rather than weeks and users can be trained quickly on the software.
The launch of OSS follows the 2013 releases of RPM’s commodity specific scheduling solutions for open pit metals, open cut coal and underground coal.