It’s hard to believe, but manual data capture in the pit is still one of the most common methods for recording original observations and measurements of geological data. Geologists then spend a lot of time ensuring their sampling data is transferred back into a central database and preparing sample submission reports to send to the lab. Ask any geologist, and they’ll say unnecessarily working with data is one of the least satisfying parts of their job, but it’s an essential function of any mining operation.
Efficiently managing the blasthole workflow from data collection in the pit to sample submission to the lab makes a big difference to all the data in the mining value chain. What can be done to improve the current process? Is there a way to streamline the whole process without compromising quality control?
Managing the blasthole data workflow has traditionally required several steps and plenty of opportunity to inject errors or unintentionally corrupt data. Good tools and businesses processes help, but most geologists are faced with a workflow that’s stitched together with manual processes and uses multiple tools for:
The quality of the assay results are directly related to how well the workflow is managed. At every step, there’s an opportunity to change data, discard critical metadata or disregard essential business rules needed to ensure the quality and integrity of all your geoscientific information relating to a blasthole. Maintaining consistency over time is difficult.
Ideally, geologists need a seamless integration of all these steps, allowing for mobile pit data capture and progressing through to sample submission. The more streamlined the workflow, the easier it is to maintain high-quality geological data from the point of capture throughout the history of the mine site.
acQuire’s GIM Suite has introduced a seamless integration between mobile, desktop and web and continues to enhance functionality in the blasthole data workflow with each new release of GIM Suite. Geologists who are using the latest version of the mining data management software benefit from purpose-built data capture tasks for surface and blasthole sampling:
Direct synchronisation in the field of original measurements and observations helps eliminate human error. In addition, the Arena mobile app recognises the same business rules applied to GIM Suite improve the overall quality of all the data captured. Because all functionality is fully integrated, assay results are of a higher quality and geologists experience an easy to use, more efficient workflow.
Additional benefits to using GIM Suite’s streamlined blasthole workflow include:
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