Mining solutions specialist BME – part of Omnia’s mining segment – has released a new version of its popular Xplolog system for capturing and analysing data on blast holes and decks. BME developed Xplolog as a powerful tool for mines to monitor their block progress in real time, providing the necessary data to track trends and continuously improve the quality of blasts.
Christiaan Liebenberg, BME Product Manager Software Solutions
With the design and application code built from the ground up, and with a new and upgraded database using Google’s Cloud Services, the performance of Xplolog has been enhanced. The capacity of the system can also be rapidly increased, allowing better scalability; customers can have a site set up within a matter of hours. “Security has been improved through a more robust log-in and registration process,” he said. There are different user access levels in the new version, giving customers more control over who can access information related to their role in the organisation. “Users will appreciate how everything is centralised in this version of Xplolog, and how we have improved the workflow for third party blast design uploads in the system,” he noted.
The new version of Xplolog continues to raise the bar in leveraging digital technology
“Another important aspect of our upgrade is that users can easily customise their dashboards, creating a personalised view of block information important to the user,” he said.
Customised reports can be created and saved, allowing users to return to that recurring daily, weekly or monthly report each week or month as required. A summary view of block data is visible to track progress at a quick glance for the user. “We have also given users the ability to better visually track block progress, with the creative use of colours and iconography,” said Liebenberg.
The process of inputting data has been optimised by rationalising the number of steps or actions wherever possible. Importantly, he pointed out that Xplolog’s integration with BME’s mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) has taken account of different regional preferences and conditions around the globe. “The system also provides mines with a digital audit trail, so that they can track operator performance during the drilling and charging phases, as well as provide hole loading information per truck,” he said.
Xplolog provides the necessary data to track trends and continuously improve the quality of blasts
“Our new version of Xplolog continues to raise the bar in leveraging digital technology,” he said. “Our Software Engineering team continues to add new features and implement continuous improvements as we receive feedback from users of the system in the field – to help mines operate more efficiently, cost-effectively and safely.” These updates are released to all existing customers of Xplolog every quarter at no additional cost.
Xplolog in a nutshell
- User friendly – as easy to use as any mobile phone app.
- Real-time in-field data capturing and monitoring.
- Enhances quality assurance and quality control in explosives and drilling, especially for higher level management who cannot always be in the field.
- Various reports available to use as analytical tools.
- Optimising productivity workflow
- Helps improve charging accuracy.