Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard rock underground mining services companies, with operations in Australia, Africa and North America.
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underground mining services provider Barminco, a subsidiary of Perenti, has
successfully piloted a new operations centre that allows it to remotely operate
underground equipment on a client’s mine site anywhere around the world.
what the company believes is a world first, Barminco operated a machine,
working underground, from its head office in Perth at a client mine site in the
innovation was made more impressive given the remote operation occurred via the
internet, instead of through a fibre-optic cable, which is the method that mine
owner-operators have historically used.
Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller announced the momentous achievement at the
third annual Sandvik Digitalization in Mining Event in Brisbane.
has cemented its place as one of the world’s leading underground mining service
providers through the use of technology and automation,” Mr Muller said.
key strategic initiative under our parent company, Perenti’s, 2025 strategy is
to deliver a ‘technology driven future’, and our ability to remotely operate
underground machinery from our head office is a significant achievement in
delivering on that strategy.”
Barminco Remote Operating Centre or BROC was successfully trialled in
collaboration with Sandvik and Independence Group NL (IGO) back in July of this
new system was trialled in the early morning at Barminco’s Head Office in
Hazlemere (Perth, Western Australia) for a machine located at IGO’s Nova
Minesite, almost 1000 kilometres away.
General Manager Technology and Innovation Darren Kwok said the trial was a
many mine sites have operators remotely operating equipment from the mine’s
surface, we are one of the first, if not the first service provider, to operate
underground equipment on a client’s site from a much greater distance,” Mr Kwok
enables us to connect multiple sites and operators at the same time, meaning if
there is an issue at any point, we have contingencies in place.”
first trial involved the remote operation of a Sandvik LH517 loader being
operated in Perth by Barminco employee, Guy Gilbert and Mr Kwok said Barminco
was now working with IGO to make BROC a permanent fixture at their Nova mine
advantages in improving the safety of our workplace and the efficiencies for
our clients are enormous,” Mr Kwok said.
Group Chief Operating Officer Matt Dusci said the Company was thrilled to be
part of the successful trial.
IGO, we continually look for ways to improve how we do business and deliver
operational excellence. By integrating innovative SMART solutions at our
operations, such as working with Barminco on BROC, we improve the safety and
wellbeing of our people, realise step change opportunities, and optimise
efficiencies and productivity,” Mr Dusci said.
future plan is to have a dedicated remote operating centre manned 24/7 where
our team and our client’s people can work collaboratively side by side to
deliver a world class mine-site,” Mr Kwok said.
who work with Barminco should expect more
from our business along with the broader Perenti group of companies and
BROC is one such example of how we are delivering on this promise.”
Sandvik event concludes tomorrow and showcases best practice examples of
industry leaders integrating digitalization into their operations across the
mining, construction and quarrying industries.
announcement comes just over a week after Barminco was awarded Large Employer
of the Year 2019 at the National Australian Training Awards in Brisbane.
award acknowledges a company which is focused on upskilling and advancing its
employees and we were recognised for our leading focus on ensuring our
employees are the best they can be.