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Hexagon on Shaping the Digital Mine

 

 

By Paul Moore


December 6, 2017 - Hexagon Mining President Hélio Samora recently reviewed the company’s latest efforts to help shape today’s state of the art digital mines. “Hexagon’s mining solutions shape and connect the digital mine, optimizing processes for safe and streamlined operations that are predictable, sustainable, and efficient. There are profound benefits to be gained from a connected mine, where intelligence is embedded and visualization enabled in near- or real time. These include smarter decision-making, reduced costs, improved safety, and increased productivity.”


“This year, we’ve continued to make progress integrating technologies covering planning, operations, safety, automation, survey and monitoring. We are bringing all this together in a solid digital platform that is IoT enabled and capable of delivering machine learning, predictive analytics and powerful reporting capabilities for business intelligence and business analytics.”


“Underground, we are assembling a dynamic portfolio of standalone and full integration-ready modules. These build upon our specific product lines in pit mining and include our latest acquisition, MiPlan tablet-based task management.”


“MiPlan’s mobile platforms are easy to buy, easy to use, and suitable for any sized operation. They streamline data flows between traditionally disparate systems and departments, closing the loop on design, field data capture, reconciliation, and reporting. Users can increase mine productivity and see a rapid return on investment using scalable, real-time mobile software applications for field data collection, fleet management, production management, and reporting.”


“We have taken important steps on our semi-autonomous and autonomous roadmap, with the release of HxGN Mine VIS, the mining industry’s first vehicle intervention system; and a reverse guidance system in development, which will help minimize or eliminate re-spotting by guiding truck operators.”


“We are not the first company to build products that makes sense of so much data; but we are the first mining vertical company to be doing this. We see a great opportunity for you to use our technology to integrate and converge with other solutions. By eliminating silos, and sharing an open platform, we can help any mine to be more efficient and more productive.”


“For evidence, look no further than the Peruvian Andes, where Southern Peru Copper Corporation uses our technology for slope monitoring, mine planning, and fleet management to achieve among the lowest production costs in the world.”

 

“From Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, Southern Peru increased operating performance (EBITDA) by 90.6%. During the same period, net income rose by 182.7%. The company cut the operating cash cost per pound of copper by 14.2% to 95 cents, making it the highest margin major copper producer in the world.”