The mining industry is changing rapidly in the face of low commodity prices and declining grades, many mining companies are optimising their business through digital tools and solutions. One of the solutions used to generate a step change in performance is Short Interval Control. Short Interval Control involves the monitoring of key variables affecting operational performance of the mine. These variables are monitored to detect deviations in standardised operation and variance to planned processes that if left unchecked will change the overall operational performance.


Short Interval Control collects the measured variables and passes them through an appropriate test to confirm a satisfactory result or initiate corrections. After the establishment of Optimum’s automatic connection to source software systems, the testing of collected variables is done in real-time against defined parameters to verify compliance to plan, quality, risk, production and more. Variance to expected outcomes are highlighted through a number of configured options including sending emails to defined distribution lists, text messaging to defined mobiles, highlighting displays on dashboards, raising corrective actions directly within a CMMS. The escalation response can be configured to progressively increase based on variance or time elapsed in each state.

Short Interval Control Actions

  • Emails to defined distribution list.
  • Text message to defined distribution list.
  • CMMS work order notification.
  • Work Instruction delivered to technicians.
  • Dashboard status update
  • Report status update



The Short Interval Control solution is powered by Optimum software, Optimum has an internal connection capability that allows it to connect to all known software systems, excel spreadsheets, access databases and more. This unique ability allows data from all connected systems to be access directly from within Optimum. Connections are established managed and supported within Optimum and once establish are automatic.

User Access

Through a simple windows integrated login, a user can access any connected software system. With security permissions and privilege settings, access to data can be managed at an individual user level. Users have the ability to establish favourites, and when authorised, can adjust and modify Short Interval Control limits. 

Short Interval Control

Short Interval Control provides an ideal platform to drive optimization, efficiency and productivity improvements, with typical variables measured based on discipline and criticality to operational performance. Short Interval Control measurement is limited only by engineering requirements. With Short Interval Control operational leaders now have access to data in real-time, and to correct variances within minutes, not wait until the end of shift or the day.

Measured Variables

Below are some examples of measured variables that customers have in use today.          

Process Plant

  • Mill Grind Size
  • WAD cyanide
  • Solution Temperature
  • PH of solutions

Mine Production

  • Excavator swing times
  • Truck average cue time
  • Truck average fill factor
  • Dilution / fragmentation         


  • Oil analysis results
  • CMMS overdue maintenance
  • Crusher starts under load
  • Autoclave brick condition      

The Solution

The Short Interval Control solution when applied to important measured variables has the ability to drive significant improvement in productivity and efficiency, by reducing leaderships response time to critical excursions. The solution enables complex real time analysis across multiple systems with rapid deployment of information to support decision makers in achieving the most from your operation.


The MPPIglobal team offer the one-stop approach with a full range of consulting services for the Short Interval Control solution. We conduct workshops with departments to discover important variables, we map data flow and establish connections, and structure outcomes based on criticality and department requirements. We develop and deploy the architecture required to support the solution, and we provide solution training and support allowing your company to get the most value from your data in a seamless deployment.


  • Real-time alerts and variance notification to users.

  • One central location for Short Interval Control management.

  • Excursion driven automatic email and text message notification.
  • Excursion driven automatic CMMS work order notification.

  • Excursion driven automatic dashboards alerts.

  • Step Change in productivity & efficiency gains.

  • Fully supported solution on robust architecture.  

  • Decision support data in the hands of the people who need it.

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