RPMGlobal’s Underground Potash Solution (UGPS) is a mine scheduling solution designed specifically for underground potash mining operations. It incorporates best of breed design, reserving and scheduling capabilities into a single, intuitive package. UGPS models a mine layout in 3D to monitor the deployment of all equipment on a synchronised animation plot.

UGPS is 100% script-free making it fast to implement and easy to learn. It is made up of pre-defined logic that, when combined with the knowledge of mining engineers, automatically determines what is practically possible to achieve across one or many mining operations.

Features

Reserving and working section modelling

Builds a detailed 3D model of the mine’s geology directly from the mine’s geology.

Dynamic stratigraphic design

Panels dynamically respond as the mine layout is created and adjusted.

Conveyor modelling

Conveyer characteristics can be defined to act as a constraint on the overall production.

Advanced mining rules

The mining sequence within each panel is fully automated using mining rules for a practical schedule.

Parametric scheduling

Generate practical mine designs and schedules in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take.

Integrated Product Optimiser

Integrated Product Optimiser finds the best way to process, blend and stockpile products to maximise value.

Process-driven UI

Unique, process-driven UI. Learn in a few days and implement in a few weeks.

Scenario analysis capability

Explore alternative ‘what if’ scenarios and truly understand how best to drive the mines production in changing market conditions.

Redefining mine planning and scheduling

No other solution that can match the 50+ years RPMGlobal has focused on the mining industry. Since the 1970’s operations all over the world have trusted RPM to provide software to deliver their planning and scheduling needs. to keep them moving forward.

RPMGlobal has a long history in potash operations and UGPS provides this experience in a state of the art software solution. With UGPS, the mine layout is modelled in true 3D with changes to any model introduced easily and quickly. Schedules are created interactively using a combination of automatic and manual methods, while monitoring the deployment of all equipment on a synchronised animation plot.

Dynamic stratigraphic design

UGPS provides advanced design capability allowing the users to design the panels and headings as well as the rules with how they behave when they intersect. Features such as collapse zones, lease boundaries, wells and many others are all considered.

The mining sequence within each panel is fully automated, including all rooms and crosscuts, access and turning roads. The availability of each panel is also restricted automatically until access is available from the parent. As the mine layout is created and adjusted, the panels dynamically respond to these features, avoiding a huge amount of repetitive, manual refinement.

Reserving & working section modelling

UGPS builds a detailed 3D model of the mine’s geology directly from the mines structure and quality grids. Working section composites are then created accounting for the minimum and maximum working height of the mine’s equipment. The working sections automatically incorporate the additional strata that must be mined when seam thickness becomes too small and the lost potash when the seam thickness is too high.

Integrated Product Optimiser

Product Optimiser determines the optimal way to process, blend and stockpile products to maximise value from what is scheduled to be mined. Users can configure multiple stockpiles and process plants and provide each one with its own set of operating assumptions.

Parametric scheduling

100% script-free, UGPS is built on the principle of Parametric Scheduling, helping users generate practical schedules in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take. Robust automated mining rules ensure panels become available only once they have the appropriate access. Once each panel is chosen to be mined, the rooms, crosscuts, access roads and turning roads are developed in a logical sequence. Flexible controls are provided to manage the number of miners deployed in each panel and each section. Advanced heuristics ensure unnecessary equipment relocations are avoided and when equipment must be relocated, delays are inserted into the schedule that reflects the distance the equipment must move.

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