VIST implements automated dispatch & underground management pilot at Lunnoye

VIST Group (subsidiary of Zyfra), one of the Russian leaders in the field of digitalisation of large mining enterprises, has launched into pilot production a fleet management system for underground mining works at the experimental site of the Lunnoye deposit in the Magadan Region. The company’s specialists have successfully implemented a pilot project, which includes the development of new technical solutions and new software functionality.

The customer was Serebro Magadana, a subsidiary of JSC Polymetal, one of the Russian precious metals mining leaders. “The development of deposits is a complex process that requires the involvement of special equipment, equipment, and highly qualified personnel. And innovative automated solutions are a reliable and modern way to make work much more efficient.”

The software created for the pilot site will automate the formation of unified production reporting at existing Polymetal open pit mines and during underground work. “The developed system confidently passed all the tests, whether it was difficult mining work under the ground, frosts, or sudden temperature fluctuations – from a warm mine to a strong cold in the open air.”

As part of the project, new technical solutions were applied to ensure the necessary functionality. To this end, the specialists of VIST Group conducted a series of studies and experiments, working in extreme conditions. To work out the solutions, two underground dump trucks and a loading and hauling machine operating in the common cycle were connected to the system.

“Once again, the VIST Group specialists proved not only the opportunity to offer the customer a truly unique solution based on an individual approach, taking into account all the existing nuances but also the ability to perform the tasks set in any conditions,” the director for work with key customers of the company notes VIST Group’s Alexey Rylnikov.

Now, Polymetal specialists will have to start working in the new system, assess the opportunities offered by the new tool for managing underground mining operations, and most importantly, analyse the results, draw the necessary conclusions, as well as work out the development paths taking into account the peculiarities of the company’s work.

Polymetal has assets in Russia and Kazakhstan. The company owns nine operating gold and silver deposits, as well as a high-quality portfolio of development projects. The Lunnoye deposit is located in the Omsukchan district of the Magadan region, 650 km from Magadan and 134 km from the village of Omsukchan. It is the second largest deposit in Russia in terms of silver reserves and production.