j5 Applications are used across the operations, process safety, compliance and reporting teams of our mining clients to improve communication and data collection across all levels of a mine operation. In the past a mix of paper, spreadsheets, scattered databases, blackboards and poor verbal communication have been used to log events within the mining industry. Following the fatal incident that occurred at the Fortescue Metals Mine in 2013, the West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum issued a report recommending:
- During shift handover, incoming workers have to be given enough information to continue a job in a safe manner
Mining companies operate in a complex environment of internal policies and procedures, external standards, and local and national laws and regulations. j5 Applications can enable the various HSE and operations personnel within a mining company to manage their compliance duties efficiently and consistently.
Management of change and incident / near miss management are key processes that require a consistent group-wide approach. This is particular of concern to HSE officials responsible for multiple sites of a mining group.
A mine’s operations management system will be accessed by a wide segment of the workforce, from the control room operators, to field operators, to mine managers and HSE officials. As a result, for efficiency, it is important that the operations management system is integrated with the other IT systems used by the mining operation. j5 Applications read and write data to popular mining systems such as Wonderware Historian and the OSIsoft PI System®, maintenance systems such as IBM Maximo, asset management systems such as SAP and so on. This ensures that all the relevant data recorded at a mining asset can be shared with the correct people in real-time.
Corporate senior management can also use j5 Dashboards, Reports and Views to analyse the performance of their mines. They can compare and contrast mine performance to optimize costs and efficiency.