Oceana Waihi Gold Case Study

10 per cent more rock being moved for the same cost

Project Details

CATEGORY:Mining Productivity
LOCATION:Waihi, New Zealand

“Newmont Waihi Gold mine has been enjoying increased efficiency ever since a Loadscan load volume scanner became part of operations late last year.  — Charlie Gawith, Underground Manager, Newmont Waihi Gold

A 10 per cent increase in truck factors has been noticed since the Loadscan system was introduced.

This is a case of 10 per cent more rock being moved for the same cost. A ten per cent increase in total movement in a year is a huge increase in efficiency. It means trucking costs are effectively being reduced by 10 per cent in a year and that is significant.

Loadscan’s capabilities are driving a culture here in terms of ensuring trucks are fully loaded. Hence we have increased our trucking factor — the amount we declare a truck is carrying when it comes up from underground.

It is a very, very reliable system. It is accurate, has been easy and seamless to implement and its reliability is very impressive. The support supplied, on the odd occasion we have needed it, has also been impressive.

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