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Advisory

#144 – Why Energy-Efficient Operations are Critical to Achieving Decarbonisation of Mining

This quarter’s edition examines the many steps and opportunities that the mining industry can adopt on their decarbonisation journey.

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Asset Management

Folleto AMT

AMT es la única solución de mantenimiento en turno que se vincula dinámicamente con la estrategia y el costo del ciclo de vida para proporcionar una posición precisa del ciclo de vida y estrategias de mantenimiento óptimas mediante el Costo dinámico del ciclo de vida (DLCC).

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Optimisation

Folleto SOT

SOT utiliza un algoritmo de búsqueda evolutiva para ayudar con la formulación de cronogramas de vida útil de la mina que maximizan un objetivo seleccionado por el usuario.

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Simulation

Folleto HAULSIM

HAULSIM y Discrete Event Simulation reducen los costos operativos a través de la predicción de la producción, lo que permite a los usuarios controlar la incertidumbre en sus operaciones mineras.

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Optimisation

Folleto ShiftManager

Shift Manager de RPMGlobal es una solución para la planificación y ejecución a corto plazo que permite la transparencia para que los usuarios puedan colaborar y comunicarse a través de un único plan integrado basado en la web.

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Planning & Scheduling

Folleto OPMS

La solución Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS) de RPMGlobal está respaldada por un poderoso motor de programación que hace todo el trabajo pesado sin comprometer la sofisticación y las capacidades.

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Finance

Folleto empresarial XERAS

XERAS Enterprise ofrece una ventaja competitiva, ya que crea eficiencia al mismo tiempo que ofrece mayor precisión y valor.

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Planning & Scheduling

Folleto de soluciones XPAC

Desde un sitio individual hasta operaciones multisitio y globales, el enfoque paramétrico adoptado por XPAC Solutions significa que los ingenieros pueden ampliar su proceso de toma de decisiones.

Capability Profile

ESG

Decarbonisation Glossary

Our decarbonisation glossary will keep you up-to-date on the current topics and processes to be more agile for amplified decision-making in the Net Zero transition.

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Planning & Scheduling

Enterprise Optimiser Brochure

A multi-site, multi-period optimiser that evaluates capital investment strategies and mine plans of multiple operations to maximise the Net Present Value (NPV) of an entire mining organisation.

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ESG

Net Zero – Explainer Video

RPM is uniquely placed to deliver climate mitigation and adaptation advice, and mining-centric decarbonisation solutions through Net Zero planning, engineering, finance, software, and training. 

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Company

Corporate Video

For more than 5 decades, RPMGlobal has been the mining industry’s go-to partner for Advisory and Consulting, Software and Training.

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ESG

ESG Services Interactive Brochure

RPMGlobal’s integrated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) services include environmental impact assessments, operational environmental management, and strategic environmental governance support.

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Finance

XERAS Enterprise Interactive Brochure

XERAS Enterprise delivers a zero-based budgeting tool, providing increased accuracy and efficiency, all from a single source of the truth.

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Planning & Scheduling

XECUTE Interactive Brochure

XECUTE maximises planning value, adaptability and agility by using automation to connect planning with operations, providing cross-team collaboration and integrated design and scheduling.

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Asset Management

AMT Interactive Brochure

AMT dynamically links to lifecycle costing and strategy to provide an accurate lifecycle position and optimal maintenance strategies for the life of the asset.

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Operations

ShiftManager Interactive Brochure

ShiftManager is a real-time short term planning and execution solution allowing every task to be planned, measured and reported.

E-Book

Optimisation

Modernising Mining Operations with Cloud-Based Software Stacks – IDC InfoBrief

Mastering the digitalisation of mining operations requires investment in up-front architectural and platform initiatives, improving operational data, creating insights, and driving greater value for mining organisations.

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Operations

ShiftManager – Explainer Video

ShiftManager provides transparency for all users as information is available to all departments through one integrated web-based plan.

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Finance

XERAS Enterprise – Explainer Video

XERAS can be integrated into any ERP, and is SAP-Certified, to deliver a live forecasting environment, significantly reducing the time it takes to generate budgets and forecasts, delivering companies an accurate financial position.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Coal Geology Capability Profile

Our highly experienced coal geology team has a broad range of experience in exploration, operations and resource development.

Perspective

Advisory

#143 – Practical Considerations for the Decarbonisation of Mining

This quarter’s edition examines the many steps and opportunities that the mining industry can adopt on their decarbonisation journey.

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Advisory

RPMGlobal Consulting & Advisory Video

RPM has been providing expertise to the mining industry for over 50 years and has delivered over 14,000 studies and reviews across all key mining regions of the world.

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Planning & Scheduling

SOT – Explainer Video

SOT is the industry’s only strategic financial optimisation tool for both surface and underground mines that maximises productivity and profitability outcomes by optimising the net present value (NPV).

Perspective

Advisory

#142 – Carbon’s footprint in relation to the processing of precious and base metal ores

This quarter’s edition investigates the presence of carbon in relation to the processing of primary ores which can be problematical and impact recoveries.

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Simulation

DES – Discrete Event Simulation

RPMGlobal’s HAULSIM is a software that has harnessed the DES philosophy in a mining specific software.

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Simulation

HAULSIM – Modelling haulage vehicle electrification

HAULSIM connects the fleet assets, mining operational plans and the people to build a ‘digital twin’ of any mining operation to deliver an accurate representation of any mine sites haulage operations.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions 3.0 – Upgrading to Workspace

XPAC Solutions are a suite of commodity based mine planning software solutions specifically built for different commodities and mining methods.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions 3.0 – Intro To Workspace

XPAC Solutions are a suite of commodity based mine planning software solutions specifically built for different commodities and mining methods.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions 3.0 – Record Filters

XPAC Solutions are a suite of commodity based mine planning software solutions specifically built for different commodities and mining methods.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions 3.0 – OP to IP

XPAC Solutions are a suite of commodity based mine planning software solutions specifically built for different commodities and mining methods.

Case Study

Optimisation

Copper-gold miner boosts strategic planning value and maximises productivity with SOT

The SOT optimised schedule for Copper-gold Miner generated dependencies enforcing slope constraints, while mining in locations that maximised value but also obeyed the ore type quantity constraints.

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Planning & Scheduling

XECUTE – Demand Chain Optimiser (DCO)

RPMGlobal’s XECUTE now has a Demand Chain Optimiser (DCO) module that optimises the flow of material required to satisfy customer orders all the way back to the mine for bulk commodity miners.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions – Hybrid scheduling

The Hybrid Scheduling functionality includes a major update to the user interface that completely turns the traditional iterative scheduling workflow on its head.

AMT – Explicación del Costo del Ciclo de Vida Dinámico

¿Puede mantener un pronóstico en vivo de todas sus actividades de mantenimiento para cada activo a nivel de componente? AMT es una solución probada de gestión de activos que actualiza automáticamente su pronóstico.

Case Study

Asset Management

RPMGlobal overcomes significant technical challenges to deliver feasibility study for a nation building energy project

By effectively overcoming challenges spanning language, location, geography and time, RPMGlobal’s tailored approach to the feasibility study resulted in a positive outcome for all stakeholders.

Case Study

Asset Management

La minera de oro diversificada reduce los costos de mantenimiento

XECUTE – Video explicativo

XECUTE permite a los planificadores crear un cronograma óptimo a ultracorto plazo que sea fácil de comprender y comunicar, proporcionando un vínculo coherente entre la planificación a medio plazo y la ejecución operativa.

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Asset Management

What is IMAFS?

IMAFS is a cutting-edge, cloud-delivered, inventory management and forecasting software solution that increases visibility of inventories to improve efficiencies.

Case Study

Simulation

Mount Thorley Warkworth unlocks haulage productivity with HAULSIM

Using HAULSIM, Yancoal was able to gather critical insights from its operation that enabled it to unlock the potential of the site’s load and haul productivity

Case Study

Advisory

RPMGlobal helps leading miner chart path toward decarbonisation

RPMGlobal adopted a dynamic and strategic approach to the project scope that allowed solutions to be developed and changed in response to study results and client feedback.

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Company

Company Overview Brochure

RPMGlobal Holdings Limited (ASX: RUL) [RPM] is a global leader in the provision and development of Mining Software Solutions, Advisory Consulting Services and Professional Development.

Perspective

Advisory

#141 – Geometallurgy – How to Distinguish the Difference Between a Successful Program and Rabbit Hole

This quarter’s edition investigates the value of a strong Geometallurgy program in reducing the technical risk associated with project evaluation, mine planning and operations.

Case Study

Asset Management

Canadian Malartic Mine optimised their inventory levels with IMAFS

Canadian Malartic Mine eliminated 78% of stockouts for items with high usage, 45% for critical components and reduced stock levels by 14% for the items controlled by IMAFS.

MinVu – Video explicativo

El software de gestión de minería MinVu de RPMGlobal es un componente integral de la mina digital al proporcionar una fuente única de verdad para los datos de minería.

Case Study

Asset Management

The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) Reduced their inventory with IMAFS

As a result of IMAFS implementation, The Iron ore Company of Canada Global achieved an inventory reduction of 15% within the first 10 months.

Dar sentido a los datos: Cómo acelerar el éxito de BI con una sólida solución de integración y validación de datos.

La adopción de soluciones y proyectos digitales en los sitios mineros ha coincidido naturalmente con un enfoque en el manejo de datos.

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Planning & Scheduling

UGCS – Underground Coal Solution

RPMGlobal's Underground Coal Solution (UGCS) allows engineers to focus on applying their skills to run more scenarios and deepen their analysis of multiple scenarios.

Perspective

Advisory

#140 – Washing plants and sticky ore – Examining causes, problems and solutions

This quarter's edition examines causes, problems and solutions relating to washing plants and sticky ore.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Consulting & Advisory Capability Profile

Our proven approach helps us derive the greatest economic gains for our clients through accurate, practical advice combined with the application of our technology solutions.

Perspective

Advisory

#139 – Some thoughts on Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) Mills

This paper explores why SAG mills are an enigma when compared to ball mills, providing an in-depth analysis of how the advantages of SAG milling outweigh the shortcomings.

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Asset Management

AMT – Long Term Planning

Through defining asset life cycles and optimising their maintenance strategies, AMT produces an accurate projection of all maintenance activities to the end of an asset’s life.

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Asset Management

AMT – Benchmarking Assets

AMT’s data structures provide the required framework and flexibility to benchmark and compare assets across multiple assets, sites, companies, and industry benchmarks.

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Asset Management

AMT – Turning your history into knowledge

Strategy Optimisation functionality in AMT Asset Maintenance Software allows users to understand whether their current assumptions are accurate by looking back into the past and making sense of it.

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Asset Management

AMT – Dynamic Life Cycle Costing

AMT Asset Maintenance Software is the only in-shift maintenance solution that dynamically links to lifecycle costing and strategy to provide an accurate lifecycle position and optimal maintenance strategies.

Whitepaper

Operations

Harnessing data to drive operational business improvements for mining operations

The uptake of digital solutions and projects on mine sites has naturally coincided with a focus on being data-driven.

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Planning & Scheduling

Maximising your demand chain: How to overcome common value chain optimisation challenges

The uptake of digital solutions and projects on mine sites has naturally coincided with a focus on being data-driven.

Perspective

Advisory

#138 – Demystifying Environmental and Social Performance

This quarter's edition investigates Demystifying Environmental and Social Performance.

Case Study

Asset Management

National Plant & Equipment maximises asset performance

AMT has provided significant advantages to National Plant & Equipment through increased fleet availability, enhanced visibility of maintenance and achievement of reliability and availability targets.

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Planning & Scheduling

XECUTE – Feature Overview

Does your mine planning solution provide users with integrated data feeds to quickly compare the short-term plan to the actual production? XECUTE can help mining companies reap the full benefits of a digitally enabled workforce.

Capability Profile

Advisory

ESG Capability Profile

We specialise in impact assessment and planning services, environmental and social due diligence evaluations and audits of mining projects located throughout the world.

Case Study

Simulation

Arianne Phosphate optimises haulage routes with HAULSIM

With HAULSIM’s discrete event simulation engine, Arianne Phosphate was able to easily determine the most profitable operation from the port to the mine.

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Simulation

TALPAC-3D Brochure

TALPAC-3D is a simulation tool for evaluating the efficiency, productivity, and economics of truck and loader haulage.

Solución de metales subterráneos (UGMS)

Underground Metals Solution (UGMS) es un potente motor de programación que hace todo el trabajo pesado sin comprometer la sofisticación y las capacidades.

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Asset Management

Delivering maintenance value and excellence to mining operations

Effective management of a maintenance department is critical to any mining operation’s long-term success.

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Asset Management

AMT4SAP – Overview

AMT4SAP is an add-on to a miner’s existing SAP solution designed to provide a holistic approach to asset management.

Folleto de la solución de metales a cielo abierto

La solución Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS) de RPMGlobal es un potente motor de programación que hace todo el trabajo pesado sin comprometer la sofisticación y las capacidades.

Perspective

Advisory

#137 – A Framework for Interpreting Geological Uncertainty in Mine Planning

This quarter's edition investigates a Framework for Interpreting Geological Uncertainty in Mine Planning.

Perspective

Advisory

#136 – Geological Uncertainty in Mine Planning

This quarter's edition takes a look at 'Geological Uncertainty in Mine Planning'.

E-Book

Operations

MinVu eBook

This eBook explores the various ways MinVu delivers a consistent and improved data collection process across the value chain to enable companies to operate intelligently.

Whitepaper

Operations

Restoring Data Confidence in the Mining Industry

Using technology to produce, store and analyse data has proven to help organisations become more successful, if implemented correctly.

Perspective

Advisory

#135 – Choosing the Appropriate Estimation Method

This quarter's edition takes a look at 'Choosing the Appropriate Estimation Method'.

E-Book

Operations

Transforming the Core of Mining Operations – IDC InfoBrief

In this IDC Info Brief, we look at why the creation of platforms targeted at enabling processes within mining operations is the core focus that mining companies must have within their developing operational digital strategies.

E-Book

Finance

XERAS Enterprise eBook

This eBook explores the methodology governing RPMGlobal’s financial modelling software and the various ways XERAS Enterprise helps companies deliver an accurate financial position at any given time.

Case Study

Finance

Major Global Iron Ore Producer Implements XERAS Enterprise for Financial Excellence

Generating an accurate financial position for your mine no longer needs to be a time consuming, complicated process. One global miner was able to create a fully integrated mine plan with financials in just three hours, down from 6 weeks.

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Planning & Scheduling

Steep Coal Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Steeply Dipping Coal Solution (SDCS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Planning & Scheduling

Quarry Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Quarry Solution (QS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

Folleto de AMT

AMT es la única solución de mantenimiento en turno que se vincula dinámicamente con la estrategia y el coste del ciclo de vida para proporcionar una posición precisa del ciclo de vida y estrategias de mantenimiento óptimas mediante el Coste del ciclo de vida dinámico (DLCC).

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Planning & Scheduling

Stratigraphic Metals Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Stratigraphic Metals Solution (SMS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Planning & Scheduling

Oil Sands Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Oil Sands Solution (OSS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Planning & Scheduling

Open Pit Diamonds Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Open Pit Diamond Solution (OPDS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Planning & Scheduling

XACT Brochure

In a dynamic environment, XACT gives you the flexibility and control to collaborate across departments and deliver “do-able” plans for this shift and the next; today, tomorrow and beyond.

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Planning & Scheduling

XECUTE Brochure

XECUTE minimises data entry and maximises planning value, adaptability and agility by using automation to connect planning with operations, with 3D cross team collaboration, and integrated design and scheduling.

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Planning & Scheduling

Open Cut Phosphate Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Open Cut Phosphate Solution (OCPS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Planning & Scheduling

Open Cut Coal Solution Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Open Cut Coal Solution (OCCS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does all the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Design

Reserver Brochure

Harness the competitive advantage RESERVER provides with next generation reserve modelling.

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Asset Management

AMT for OEMs Brochure

AMT for OEMs bridges the gap between OEMs internal processes and departments and end customers.

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Asset Management

Dragsim Brochure

In a dynamic environment, XACT gives you the flexibility and control to collaborate across departments and deliver “do-able” plans for this shift and the next; today, tomorrow and beyond.

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Asset Management

AMT for Contractors Brochure

In a dynamic environment, XACT gives you the flexibility and control to collaborate across departments and deliver “do-able” plans for this shift and the next; today, tomorrow and beyond.

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Finance

XERAS Brochure

XERAS provides a rigorous yet flexible strategic modelling environment designed specifically for the mining industry.

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Finance

XERAS Enterprise Brochure

XERAS Enterprise delivers a competitive advantage as it creates efficiency whilst delivering increased accuracy and value.

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Simulation

Simulate Brochure

SIMULATE is a purpose-built Discrete Event Simulation (DES) solution for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to model complex, 3D mining environments using fully customisable, brand-specific mining equipment.

Video

Simulation

HAULSIM – Underground Simulation

HAULSIM connects the fleet assets, mining operational plans and the people to build a ‘digital twin’ of any mining operation to deliver an accurate representation of any mine sites haulage operations.

Video

Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions Overview – Mine Planning & Scheduling Software Video

XERAS can be integrated into any ERP, and is SAP-Certified, to deliver a live forecasting environment, significantly reducing the time it takes to generate budgets and forecasts, delivering companies an accurate financial position.

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Design

Enterprise Planning Framework (platform)

Enterprise integration and collaboration will deliver the operational improvements mining companies need to realise the next wave of productivity improvements.

Whitepaper

Design

RPMGlobal and ISA-95 – Creating a Standard for Mining

ISA-95 is mining’s world first widely adopted ‘open’ standard that creates a seamless communication protocol for data flowing between all of the vital, increasingly automated and connected, cogs in supply chain lines

Whitepaper

Simulation

Making Better haulage decisions through Discrete Event Simulation

Mine haulage is often the one of the highest cost components of the mining process.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Base Metals Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over 1,000 base metals projects globally, spanning more than 50 countries. We have worked in the major metallogenic regions around the world.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Iron Ore Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over 500 iron ore projects globally, spanning more than 25 countries.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Lateritic Ore Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over one hundred lateritic ore projects globally, spanning more than 15 countries.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Open Cut Coal Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has successfully completed over 4,000 open cut coal projects over the last 50 years, in all of the major coal producing regions around the world.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Precious Metals Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over 2,000 precious metals projects globally, spanning more than 60 countries.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Battery Minerals Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over 100 battery mineral projects spanning the globe.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Underground Coal Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed more than 1,000 mechanised underground coal projects, spanning across 30 countries over more than 20 years and have experience in all of the world’s major coal-producing regions.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Uranium Capability Profile

RPMGlobal has completed over 180 uranium and rare earth elements (REE) projects spanning the globe, across all the major uranium provinces.

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Planning & Scheduling

Underground Potash Solutions Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Underground Potash Solution (UGPS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

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Asset Management

IMAFS Brochure

With Inventory Management and Forecasting Solution (IMAFS), operations can greatly improve their inventory management through state-of-the-art optimisation.

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Planning & Scheduling

XPAC Solutions Brochure

From an individual site through to multi-site and global operations, the parametric approach adopted by XPAC Solutions means Engineers can amplify their decision-making process.

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Planning & Scheduling

Attain Brochure

With Attain, users have a software solution that ensures operational mine planning is systematically aligned with the long-term plan.

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Simulation

Haulsim Brochure

HAULSIM and Discrete Event Simulation drive down operating costs through the prediction of production, allowing users to take control of uncertainty in their mining operations.

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Optimisation

Strategic Design Optimiser Brochure

Strategic Design Optimiser (SDO) is an innovative design application that combines the complex tasks of strategic stope and development optimisation into a single, coherent process.

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Optimisation

SOT Brochure

SOT uses an evolutionary search algorithm to assist with the formulation of life-of-mine schedules that maximise a user-selected objective.

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Planning & Scheduling

Underground Coal Solutions Brochure

Underpinning RPMGlobal’s Underground Coal Solution (UGCS) is a powerful scheduling engine that does the heavy lifting without compromising sophistication and capabilities.

Folleto MinVu

La solución MinVu de RPM es un componente integral de la mina digital al proporcionar una fuente única de verdad para los datos de minería.

Capability Profile

Advisory

Coal Consulting & Advisory Capability Profile

RPMGlobal’s advisory team has proudly delivered consulting and advisory services to the coal mining industry for more than 50 years.

Video

RPMGlobal Overview

Learn about RPMGlobal and our industry-leading capabilities.

Case Study

Advisory

Tailored approach underpins successful delivery of complex PFS for Turkish mining company

RPMGlobal was engaged by Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. (EÜAŞ), the largest electric power company in Turkey, to prepare an optimal development schedule for the planned development of an 1,800 MW power plant.

Case Study

Planning & Scheduling

Canadian mining company maximises planning value with XPAC Solutions

As a dynamic, process-driven scheduling tool, XPAC Solutions has delivered significant value to the company’s operations through insightful forecasts, detailed schedules and more informed evaluations.

Perspective

Advisory

#134 – Graphite – Not all Flakes are Equal

Graphite is one of the three common allotropes of carbon (the other two are amorphous and diamond). It forms with a hexagonal crystal structure arranged in layers and is the most stable form of carbon under standard conditions.

Perspective

Advisory

#133 – Fatal Flaws in Processing Due Dilligences

A Due Diligence is typically required when funds are sought to develop a new project or expand an existing operation or when there is a proposed merger or acquisition.

Perspective

Advisory

#132 – Project Infrastructure Requirements

When considering a prospective mining operation, much of the focus is naturally on the resource itself and the ability to extract and process the material into a commercial product. However the ability to achieve this is dependent on the infrastructure that is available, or needs to be constructed for the project.

Perspective

Advisory

#131 – Management of Extreme High Grade Assays in Mineral Resource Estimates

The estimation of mineral resources forms the basis for proving the viability of any mining project.

Perspective

Advisory

#130 – Pressure Leaching – Coming of Age or Has it Been Here for a Long Time

RPMGlobal has been recently been involved with several reviews of pressure oxidation facilities including application in gold, silver, copper and aluminum.

Perspective

Advisory

#129 – Cost Overrun Accounts – The Independent Engineering Recommendation

In its role as an independent engineer (IE) on behalf of various lenders, RPMGlobal is asked to perform pre-loan approval due diligence on mining projects in order to identify risks that might affect a borrower’s/sponsor’s ability to repay debt.

Perspective

Advisory

#128 – Minimum Engineering Study Requirement

The evaluation of a mining project from exploration through development and production is a lengthy and complicated process.

Perspective

Advisory

#127 – Are You Ready for Your Next Budget Cycle

Traditional budgeting tools can hinder the budgeting & planning cycle but there is a better way.

Perspective

Advisory

#126 – Selecting a Longwall Panel – An Objective Approach

The trend for longwall operations has been to increase panel widths, lengths and where possible, cutting height.

Perspective

Advisory

#125 – Innovation In Mining – Simulation And Production Planning

Mining companies are familiar with the ups and downs of the mining economy. However, in recent times, the large high and subsequent low fluctuations are hitting the industry hard.

Perspective

Advisory

#124 – An Optimal Model of Global Thermal Coal Trade

While one would be hard pressed to glean positive news regarding the coal industry’s future from the popular media and even from some trade publications, recent research suggests that the future may not be so bleak.

Perspective

Advisory

#123 – Discrete Event Haulage Simulation – Making Better Decisions with Reduced Uncertainy

It is widely understood that mine haulage is one of the highest cost components within the mining process. The current economic climate presents heightened pressure to maximise the value of current haulage systems and drive down costs; doing more, with less.

Perspective

Advisory

#121 – Resource Estimate Review Steps

International codes such as JORC, NI 43-101 and SAMREC are all based on the notion of transparency together with professional aptitude and experience of the competent persons undertaking the work.

Perspective

Advisory

#120 – Surface Mining Technology – Managing the Paradigm Shift

Mining is essentially a materials management process where materials are classified, excavated, moved to a desired location, processed at a cost and sold for a price. ‘How much is that cost and can it be reduced?’ is the age-old question.

Perspective

Advisory

#119 – Optimum Equipment Management Through Life Cycle Costing

Large mining operations need equipment that consistently performs as expected. The most effective way of ensuring this is to have a defined life cycle with an optimized maintenance strategy.

Perspective

Advisory

#118 – The Importance of Economics in Mining

With the mining industry at a point of inflection - or perhaps introspection - many companies are placing a much greater focus on costs.

Perspective

Advisory

#117 – The Five Elements of Project Failure

“There is nothing so useless as do-ing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker

Perspective

Advisory

#116 – Royalties and Valuation of Mineral Rights

An appraiser of mineral rights or interests in a property is faced with the same three approaches to valuation as with any other real estate appraisal exercise: 1) cost, 2) comparable sales, and 3) the income method.

Perspective

Advisory

#115 – Mineral Project Evaluation

As commodity prices rise, together with restricted labor markets and fluctuating material costs, the role of mineral project evaluation plays a vital role for all mining professionals.

Perspective

Advisory

#114 – Economics of Mine Planning and Equipment Selection – Part 2

In this final part he continues the example of why “optimum” production rates for new mine developments derived from simple discounted cash flow analysis may be wrong … i.e., too high.

Perspective

Advisory

#113 – Economics of Mine Planning and Equipment Selection – Part 1

Ian Runge looks at marginal costs, and suggests that some of our investment choices for startup of new mines might be incorrect – if we apply simple pit optimization criteria, the “optimum” production rates derived from these models may be too high.

Perspective

Advisory

#112 – Phosphates & Your Future

Phosphate is an essential component of the human body and necessary in the human diet. The primary source in the human diet is from plants produced by intensive crop development in favourable agricultural areas around the world.

Perspective

Advisory

#111 – Independent Engineer – Due Diligence Reviews

The majority of Independent Engineer (IE) assignments for due-diligence reviews of mining projects are performed for financial institutions considering the lending of funds for new or expanding mine projects.

Perspective

Advisory

#110 – The Evolution of Mining Trucks is Changing Interactions and Productivity at Mine Sites

The mining industry is constantly developing and introducing new technologies to make operations more efficient, safer and ultimately improve the bottom line.

Perspective

Advisory

#109 – PAH Approach to the Reporting Of NI 43-101 Compliant Minerals

Guidance and clarification on our current approach to the estimation and reporting of Mineral Resources in light of the various international mining codes established by professional organizations such as CIM, SME and JORC and the respective exchange commissions.

Perspective

Advisory

#108 – Electronic Metals and Rare Earth Oxides

Several years ago, the author used a historic 15th century Portuguese bookcover in a college lecture. The picture illustrated the dangers of world exploration with a two mast sailing ship breaking up near shore, and all the crew jumping overboard to swim to safety.

Perspective

Advisory

#107 – Quantitative Risk Analysis of Estimated Resources: An Overview

The dictionary meaning of estimate is “an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something.” Resource estimates are the grades and tonnages calculated from a resource model at a cutoff grade.