RPMGlobal releases new scheduling solution for underground mines


RPMGlobal has launched its new scheduling platform called Underground Metals Solution (UGMS), which has been specifically made for subsurface mines. 

UGMS operates with the company’s enterprise planning platform and features automated planning and scheduling, enabling mining engineers to achieve the required scheduling outcomes. 

In order to make the solution automatically determine what is practically possible to achieve, RPM's developers have focused on embedding logical workflows with backfill functionality in the intelligence layer.

RPMGlobal CEO and managing director Richard Mathews said: "By applying RPM’s Enterprise Platform to operations, mining companies can unlock the real value out of their operations to increase production, decrease costs and deliver shareholder value. 

"UGMS engulfs a multi-disciplinary approach because underground mining is just that: multi-disciplinary. Put simply, underground mine planning involves determining the optimum schedule for the pool of underground resources to extract the most out of the ore, at the lowest cost, and with the greatest safety."

"Underground mine planning involves determining the optimum schedule for the pool of resources to extract the most out of the ore, at the lowest cost, and with the greatest safety."

By providing a singular view of the complicated, siloed activities of stoping, backfill and development, UGMS has been designed to deliver better productivity, safety and revenue gains in underground mining. 

The UGMS intelligence layer is made up of pre-defined logic, which delivers strategic insight, when combined with the knowledge of mining engineers. 

It also calculates the cost and implication of haulage decisions to the entire operation. 

The solution's parametric modelling functionality provides engineers with the capability to study the impacts of the rules, as opposed to trying to create the plan manually. 

RPM has designed UGMS to address the common challenges faced by underground miners, while focusing on productivity and safety.