Metallurgical Accounting & Data Reconciliation
The customer is a mid-tier mining company based in Australia who own and operate mines globally. The comapny was looking to improve its existing excel based metallurgical accounting process in line with AMIRA Code P754 at one of the key underground operating assets. They were looking to leverage the digital solution to help drive efficiency and productivity gains by reducing the manual handling of data as well.
Our customer, like many mining companies today was facing challenges with management of the process plant metallurgical accounting function. The process was conducted through the use of an excel spreadsheet-based system. Our customer wanted to improve the current processes as they were seen as inefficient and at risk of security breaches, human errors and inaccurate production reporting. Our customer required a cost-effective digital solution capable of integration with existing systems for accurate data collection, and automated reporting capability.
MPPIglobal provided an automated digital platform called Optimum Software that is ideal for managing even the most complex metallurgical accounting functions. Optimum consists of a multi-layer module platform, with only Data Portal, Analytics and Reports required for this solution. The Optimum based metallurgical accounting solution is designed to minimize security risks, human input error, and minimize data manipulation. The solution does this by connecting in real-time with any required site system, capturing laboratory data, live process data, and downtime events. It also provides easy to use secured entry screens that mimics the existing workflow, logging all activity within the software. Optimum’s integrated module approach connects all the source systems and software packages for a simple, unique, and integrated approach, capable of managing the most advanced metallurgical functions across any metals and mining operations.
The implementation spanned over an eight-week period. The process kicked off with a one-week design workshop on-site to walkthrough the existing Excel based process, document the workflows and system integration requirements. Weeks two through six were executed off-site by our engineering team. This stage is where the captured design is configured and tested within the Optimum product. During this period all elements of the solution are built with week 7 dedicated to in-house online testing using real data. The last week of the project had the team back on-site to commission and train the end-users. A short period of parallel testing was conducted within the test environment before the solution was cutover to the live environment with automatic reports now coming out daily.
By integrating the advanced metallurgical accounting function with Optimum the company was able to:
- Improve their staff productivity and efficiency
- Perform integrated mass balance computations automatically
- Provide traceability and audit functions on data changes
- Identify sources of measurement variance
- Reconcile production data
- Manage metal data risk and auditing in line with AMIRA Code P754
- Provide a single view of production data, now accessible to all users on-site
- Produce timely production information for daily and monthly reporting, and
- Gain access to the full integrated Optimum Platform, including Analytics allowing the team to perform long term trending of data, and complex ad-hoc analysis.