RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has announced a product designed to offer significant improvements in managing and communicating mine planning data—the launch of its new enterprise application, Plan Manager.

The application is described as an innovative method for managing planning data across the mine planning horizons, from life of mine to execution planning and every stage in between, delivering greater accuracy, auditability and a defined and repeatable process for merging planning data. Plan Manager enables enterprise users to view, analyze and approve mine plans across different planning horizons (Life of Mine, Long Term, Medium Term, Short Term and Ultra Short Term) and then publish an integrated plan in a variety of formats (including ISA-95 B2MML) up to the enterprise level. The consolidated mine plan can then be accepted by enterprise financial systems, process control and fleet management systems, and analyzed through corporate business intelligence systems.

According to RPM, Plan Manager supports a level of detail that is appropriate to each planning horizon, with the ability to update sections of the plan without touching data that has not changed. This means that the re-planning process is faster and more efficient. Plan Manager can also pull in task status information, stockpile balances, grades and external plan inputs such as rail schedules and make them available to different mine scheduling applications.