INNOVATION IN mININg AND mETALS
International Power plc
Hazelwood coal Mine water optimisation
The International power―GDF SUeZ Hazelwood mine in Australia is a brown
coal mine with an electricity-producing power station. changes in the long-term
plan for the mine created a need to review the Fire Service Water plan, which
ensures water is nearby if combustible brown coal ignites. previously, water
system modeling was outsourced, but GDF SUeZ decided that having in-house
skills was more cost effective.
WatercAD was chosen for its interoperability with the microStation platform
already in use. WatercAD enabled the engineers to create design scenarios
for optimizing the network, resulting in an estimated savings on capital
expenditures of AU$15.8 million over the life of the mine. It also saved man-hours in obtaining the optimal design. GDF SUeZ estimated a 450 times return
kghm Polska miedz S.A.
Mwg – Mining Maps central stock
Lubin, Rudna, Polkowice, and Sieroszowice, Poland
KGHm polska miedz, one of the world’s top six refined copper suppliers, needed
up-to-date mining excavation map software and a central mapping resource to
organize data and manage information for all mining assets. Data was stored in
various mapping resources across disciplines and departments so KGHm gave
compASS eight months to design and implement a new system.
The custom solution was based on microStation, Bentley power map, and an
oracle database. Standardized procedures allowed compASS to dramatically
reduce man-hours of manual data conversion, in some cases saving nearly 70
percent. The project added the most value to mining assets data management
and coordination with underground operations geospatial information.