20% Increase in spatial plan compliance using TIMining Delta

Overview 

At Antucoya mine, the short-term spatial compliance plan is a key operational indicator closely monitored by the company’s leadership team.  During Q1 of 2019, Antucoya mine sought to improve compliance levels. However, the reconciliation and reporting work was highly time-consuming for the mining planners and engineers, making it difficult to deliver critical information on time.

Solution

To solve this problem, the short-term planning team at Antucoya mine implemented systematic control and management processes of the mining plan compliance, together with TIMining Delta software.  Here is what occurred:

  1.  The frequency of spatial reconciliations was increased from monthly to weekly.
  2.  The spatial plan compliance indicator was automated.
  3.  Plan deviations were timely and continually addressed.

Impact

Due to the processes implemented and the timely availability of information, the spatial plan compliance improved  more than  20% overall. Additional benefits included: 

  1. Compliance results are now monitored weekly and thereby avoiding month-end deviations, thanks to the new technology.
  2. Measurement and reconciliation engineers save at least one day of work per month to perform the analysis tasks.
  3. The calculations are currently independent of the criteria of the engineer on duty.

 

“Spatial compliance of the extraction sequence is a high impact variable in the business. The need to obtain rapid results and carry out frequent controls led us to develop a tool that allows us to synthetise measurements from several sources.  By way of these indications, we were able to reduce the amount of time required from hours of work to minutes.”
Javier Morales, Senior Mine Planner, Antucoya
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