Far Data Solutions

The Client

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (FMG) is an Australian iron ore company. FMG is the fourth largest Iron Ore producer in the World as of March 2011. The company has holdings of more than 87,000 km² in the Pilbara region of Western Australia with two main areas of operation being the Chichester Hub and Solomon Hub.

FMG Cloudbreak

The Challenge

FMG had a business critical requirement to provide the Supervisors at Cloudbreak Mine information about how the heavy mobile fleet were operating in the ROM.

Far Data Solutions were engaged by the Business Improvement team at FMG to provide Project Management and Report Development resources to collaboratively manage the data analysis and development of the ROM Short Interval Control reports.

The requirement was for these reports to be updated every 5 minutes and accessed via 3G on mobile tablets in the field by Mine Supervisors. The business needed next to real time information to highlight issues to assist with making on the spot decisions to ensure that the fleet in the ROM is running efficiently and effectively, to continually feed the Process plant.

The challenge presented to Far Data Solutions was to work with the Business Improvement team and the mine to deliver a series of truck, digger, operator and OPF Feed reports to a very tight deadline.

The Solution

The key to the successful outcome was providing experienced resources to ’hit the ground running’.

Project Management was provided by one of Far Data Solutions’ Principal Consultants who has extensive experience and an in depth understanding of the mining process; and coupled with the data analysis and Microsoft report development capability, the project was finished on schedule.

The solution delivered used Microsoft BI Stack, including SQL Server and Reporting Services.

The Outcome

The project resulted in significant OPEX savings, in excess of AUD$30M, and fleet CAPEX reductions and also winning the Gartner Business Process Excellence Award Asia-Pacific 2014. Furthermore, FMG were able to realise immediate benefits to the operation by enabling Mining Supervisors to act immediately on information from these reports.

The project outcomes were successfully achieved by working closely with the business with incremental deliveries to review results sooner so that improvements and adjustments could be made early in the project. This approach was critical to achieve the right outcome with the challenging deadline.

The following reports were successfully delivered showing up to date information for the past 2 hours, shift to date and previous shift:

  • ROM Summary and OPF Feed Performance reports with both tabular data and trend graphs
  • Truck, Digger and Crew reports showing production and delay times, average travel time, Tonnes, Loads, Distance travelled, etc
  • Decision Support Report

What our Client Thought

“Far Data Solutions experience working within the Mining industry was a key factor to the success of this project. They were able to hit the ground running with a good understanding of the mining process, working closely with the business to deliver to a challenging deadline.

I was impressed by their professional approach for managing the project and working in a collaborative manner to analyse requirements and develop reports. The reports were delivered quickly to the business enabling us to review them so that we could continually refine and improve the quality of the format and information.

The project delivered more reports and information than originally scoped to accommodate additional needs set by the business team.”

“A successful outcome to the project and Fortescue Metals Group.” – Peter O’Dea (Business Improvement — FMG)

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