Our smart mine
Creating tomorrow’s mine, today.
Our Smart Mine Program is creating Tomorrow’s Mine, Today by working across the business to identify, develop, and deliver new solutions in four focus areas:
We’re building a workforce of the future and keeping all individuals safe from harm. Our leaders and our people are key to creating our Smart Mine future.
We’re building detailed knowledge to unlock the full potential of our unique orebody. Even seemingly small changes can have profound benefits for quality, production and the environment.
We’re improving productivity and safety across operations through automation and integration: in particular with our remote operations, with all drill rigs now being fully automated.
Smart integrated & intelligent systems
We’re building a detailed digital view of the physical environment, and using data and integrated systems to deliver a coordinated, consistent approach to the planning and execution of operations.
Our Smart Mine program has seen us innovate across the entire operation:
- Remote operations centre
Our Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Perth allows us to seamlessly integrate business systems, processes and technology to maximise efficiency. We carry out remote operation of many of our mine-to-port processes from our state-of-the-art ROC.
- Our mine LPS
Our Lightning Protection System (LPS) allows people to safely move around our facilities during lightning red alerts, by redirecting lighting strikes to a grounding system. In 2018, this LPS saw us awarded a Safety and Health Resources Sector Engineering Award.
- Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separator (WHIMS) plant
Roy Hill was the first iron ore company to use Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separator (WHIMS)plant technology in a hematite environment at such a large scale. We use our WHIMS plant to recover iron ore from tailings waste as a way of sustainably delivering more highgrade iron ore.
- Rail technology and safety
Our rail network features an advanced communication-based automatic train Prediction system. Inside the locomotive cabin, our moving block signalling system improves safety for all track-related activities as well as increased operational efficiencies.
Haul truck automation
Roy Hill is set to convert its mixed fleet of 77 haul trucks from manned to autonomous use, having signed a contract in early 2020 with leading global mining equipment and services provider Epiroc in partnership with automation specialist ASI Mining.
We are an organisation that continues to challenge, adapt and modify our approach, to create new ways of working and better meet the needs of the future.