Runge Pincock Minarco (RPM) launched their latest commodity based solution, the Open Pit Metal Solution at the Exposibram 2013.
The Open Pit Metal XPAC Solution (OPMS) is an evolution in mine planning software focused on scheduling open pit metal mines. A Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product based on configuration and not customisation, the OPMS follows on from the release earlier this year of mine planning solutions for open cut and underground coal mines.
Commenting on the release, Alun Philips, Product Manager – Mine Planning said OPMS delivers a streamlined process driven user interface that guides users through the scheduling process from end to end. This approach of standardisation and simplification has been built on top of the underlying power of the industry-leading XPAC scheduling engine, allowing users to master the application quickly.
According to Mr Philips, scheduling solutions in the past have relied on inputs from a number of different data sources, meaning more time was required to prepare the underlying data than reviewing the outputs. However, with OPMS, the entire process is managed by a single solution from start to finish. Data is entered into its relevant entry point once, including automatically updating adjustment changes to the underlying geological model.
RPM’s CEO and Managing Director, Richard Mathews comments that the OPMS allows a full schedule to be scoped and implemented in days rather than weeks meaning users can be generating, evaluating and delivering results up to 75% faster than previously possible.
OPMS includes RPM’s new Material Flow Interface, a simple, easy-to-use graphical representation of the material flow modelled through a mine from the pit through processing to the final product. Mr Philips explains that the interface automatically creates the underlying dependencies, constraints, targets and mining rules that are used right across the solution. This is then coupled with the upgraded and extended Advanced Scheduling Optimization capabilities that significantly improve the mine planning process.
Mr Philips adds that the advanced reporting capabilities and configurable graphical dashboards in the solution allow engineers to quickly analyse and communicate the scheduling results, straight from the source.