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RPMGlobal provides a remote MinVu

RPMGlobal says a new dedicated app is set to transform the way miners collaborate, receive and analyse information.

The launch of the MinVu Shift Manager app comes as the industry continues to adopt mobile technology to increase operational efficiency and collaboration in an “inherently dispersed and complex environment”, RPMGlobal said.

Richard Mathews, RPMGlobal CEO, said making MinVu Shift Manager compatible with mobile would provide real-time data directly in the hands of the decision maker, wherever they are located.

“RPMGlobal has listened closely to our customers and we know that miners are continually looking for ways to leverage digital solutions in order to optimise and streamline the way they work,” he said.

“Shift Manager is an integral component of the digital mine and a connected workforce, so it made sense to make this web-based software available in the form of an app to enable planning and supervision form anywhere.”

MinVu Shift Manager is a short-term planning and execution solution, which RPMGlobal acquired at the end of 2017. The tool is a unique industry-built software solution that enables users to collaborate and communicate through a single, integrated plan to drive more effective on-shift decision support, according to the company.

“The new mobile interface merges MinVu and MinVu Shift Manager into one, easy-to-use platform,” RPMGlobal said. “With the app, different departments and personnel have complete visibility of equipment and equipment status, underpinning the ability to plan intra-shift activities and break through operational silos.”

As remote-enabled solutions, both MinVu and MinVu Shift Manager enable remote teams to collaborate across the value chain, it added.

Users will be able to create any Shift Manager task in the app, such as addressing a possible hazard, checking the progress of diggers and schedule maintenance tasks. Importantly, end users can collaborate and share information from anywhere, whether they are underground on site or in the corporate headquarters, according to RPMGlobal.

RPMGlobal’s mobile applications now extend across its established suite of integrated solutions, which encompass mine scheduling, simulation, finance, maintenance, operations and design.

XECUTE — RPMGlobal’s short-term scheduling solution — only recently underwent an upgrade of its app, according to the company.

Along with user interface and CAD enhancements, the latest XECUTE release comes equipped with enhanced mobile functionality, thereby supporting the real-time data feeds from fleet management systems, the company said.

Mathews explained: “You will be able to see on the mobile device, not just what your plan is, but also how you’re progressing against that plan in real-time.

“With the app, mining personnel will be connected to vital information at all times. For example, a mine planner who is on the bus heading to site can log in to the XECUTE app and catch up with what has happened on site overnight before he even arrives for the shift.”

According to Mathews, enterprise integration is a key enabler for technology, as is the mobile application stack.

“Mobile compatible software is a key component of the digital mine whereby data is connected from central systems to dispersed mining personnel, therefore amplifying the abilities of key decision makers within a business,” Mathews said.

“With RPMGlobal’s enterprise approach, we are helping mine sites increase productivity across the value chain. We are giving them the tools to make better decisions thereby creating an insight-driven mining organisation.”

RPMGlobal XECUTEs another mine planning and scheduling software update

XECUTE is the latest in RPMGlobal’s extensive line of mine planning and scheduling software solutions to receive an update.

XECUTE 1.10 builds on the core capabilities of XECUTE and features advanced upgrades to improve the live planning environment. This uses “enterprise enablement” to deliver real inter-departmental collaboration, according to RPMGlobal.

XECUTE was designed to bridge the gap between short-term planning and operational execution and has been adopted at several sites globally, RPMGlobal says.

The latest updates have seen the product integrated with MinVu, a suite of products the company acquired earlier this year.

When the MinVu acquisition was announced in December 2017, RPMGlobal said XECUTE would “be able to immediately utilise the MinVu integration adaptors to bring back data such as Equipment GPS coordinates, actual bucket positions, material movements, drill hole details, actual production rates and incorporate them into the production plan. This will extend the functionality of XECUTE whilst increasing the number of modules in the RPM suite.”

MinVu’s ability to pull this data directly from areas where it would otherwise remain in silos, means manual data processes are eliminated and users spend less time gathering and manipulating data and producing reports, according to RPMGlobal.

MinVu, itself, received an update last month focused on integration with the Australia-headquartered company’s Enterprise Planning Framework.

RPMGlobal has also started to build XECUTE into an augmented reality environment on iPads, iPhones and Android devices, according to Michael Baldwin, Executive General Manager of Product Strategy.

“This means you can access the information on mobile devices regardless of your physical location, which is often a problem with remote mining operations. This also allows for clear communication of the plan, including any updates to the plan,” he said.

The latest release also sees new scheduling functionality, including upgrades to the integrated product optimiser as well as user interface improvements that make the live planning a better overall user experience, according to the company.

XECUTE aims to minimises data entry and maximise planning value and adaptability by using automation to connect planning with operations, with 3D cross-team collaboration and integrated design and scheduling, according to RPM Global.

The system combines RPMGlobal’s proprietary Product Optimiser with a game-inspired 3D interface. Enterprise data feeds provide planners with the most up-to-date schedule inputs, allowing outputs to be automatically pushed to downstream systems and closing the loop between planning and execution.

RPMGlobal said: “The companies that have adopted XECUTE have realised the potential of a collaborative, live planning environment and the improvements this could bring to their mining operation.”

RPMGlobal updates MinVu with “true Intelligent Short Interval Control”

MinVu has received its first new release under the ownership of RPMGlobal, with the updates focused on integration with the Australia-headquartered company’s Enterprise Planning Framework (EPF).

The release of MinVu 5.0 will allow for a standardised exchange of information between RPM and third-party products, according to RPM, alleviating the sort of interoperability problems that companies are faced with today.

By rapidly pooling, validating, standardising, and integrating multiple stores of data into a powerful reporting platform, MinVu provides long- and short-term mine planning, mine-wide operational reporting, and analytics solutions, RPM said.

“Whilst integration with EPF directly benefits MinVu, the rest of RPM’s product suite are also enhanced as they are able to utilise all of the actuals data that has been captured and stored,” the company said.

Since the acquisition of MinVu by RPM in February this year, the product has become part of RPM’s suite of Enterprise solutions.

Michael Baldwin, Executive General Manager of Product Strategy for RPM, said: “With this first release we wanted to do something really big to demonstrate the value of the MinVu product. When you are talking about combining two software companies that have each been around for more than 25 years that has equated to a huge amount of development that all our products can now use to their advantage.”

Specific integration was completed with XECUTE and AMT, RPM’s short-term planning and asset management solution. Both XECUTE and AMT use machine-specific information captured and validated by MinVu.

MinVu currently has connectors to all major operational capture systems giving it the largest library of any solution commercially available, according to RPM. This includes all major fleet management systems and high precision GPS vendors.

The product also now includes a new module called Shift Manager which “delivers true Intelligent Short Interval Control (SIC) to the market”, RPM said. The company has been developing a SIC solution since 2016 after acquiring a shift management software product.

Baldwin said: “MinVu automatically provides the feedback of actuals data captured by operational systems and a rich decision support data to produce a SIC system. Shift Manager then highlights deviations from the plan and provides the tools for course corrections to ensure shift and long-term plan compliance.”

RPM said MinVu provides automation and, hence, a higher level of accuracy through the many operational data connectors and validation engines. It also has hundreds of reports and dashboards configurable from the off and delivered through web, mobile, email and other visual display methods.

Baldwin said: “The software was reliant on manual data and had some pretty basic reporting, so we immediately looked for ways to automate the entry of actuals information and deliver a rich analytic user experience. The combination of this previous acquisition, MinVu, EPF and our planning expertise is real a game changer in the short-term control space as nothing else in the market has the complete solution.”

On top of the integration development within this release, RPM has focused on the end user experience. The release has added more than 100 core improvements to address speed and usability giving the end user a far better experience.

“Last of all, MinVu 5.0 comes with a major cosmetic facelift to the user interface bringing a fresh, new feel to the software in line with RPM’s other products,” the company said.