Ann SurrattAre you in full compliance with AMIRA P754? The importance of coherent material balance results has long been recognized by mining and metallurgical companies. Due to recent accounting scandals and the resulting tightening corporate governance, companies are becoming increasingly concerned with how the reported numbers are obtained and how much accuracy can be attributed to them.

As a result, The AMIRA P754 project was launched in 2004 to develop a rigorous set of metal accounting guidelines for the mining and metallurgical industres. The guidelines stress the importance of state-of-the-art metal accounting systems, such as Algosys Metallurgical Accountant™, and warn that companies using spreadsheets for metallurgical accounting lack auditability and data accuracy and are not in compliance with AMIRA P754.

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) recently published an article on Implementing the Ten Best Practices of Metal Accounting at the Strathcona Mill.  It is an excellent case study on how Algosys Metallurgical Accountant helped Xstrata meet all AMIRA P754 guidelines – including the ten principles of best metallurgical accounting practices (BMAP).  It also explains how Xstrata was able to eliminate spreadsheets, gain visibility into key plant performance indicators, and optimize performance and recovery.

You can read the full article here. I hope it provides some valuable insight into AMIRA P754 and fresh ideas on how to automate, standardize, and accelerate your metallurgical accounting cycle.

mining softwareMining companies are no strangers to advanced technology – geological models, dispatch, and plant control systems offer sophisticated databases and solutions for asset optimization. But there’s one exception: supply chain management for tracking assets from mine to customer.

Mining companies often rely on a patchwork of generic spreadsheets to manage the tonnage, quality, and value of their coal or mineral supply chains. This is a very dangerous practice – spreadsheets are not sophisticated enough for handling complex operational processes such as planning, material tracking, and grade control – however, they are often relied upon to do just that.

In addition, studies show that as many as 94% of spreadsheets contain errors, which often go undetected. These errors can spread throughout key corporate processes that control hundreds of millions of dollars of inventory, putting the entire firm at significant operational risk.

To learn more, read “The Hidden Threat,” an article recently published in Mining Magazine. Authored by Steve Maxwell, Triple Point’s resident mining supply chain expert, the piece details the dangers of relying on spreadsheets for mining supply chain management, making the case for advanced supply chain management systems. Read it now.

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Deloitte just released an outstanding report, Tracking the Trends 2012, on the top 10 issues mining companies may face in the coming year. Some of the top challenges include rising capital costs, commodity price chaos, government taxes, and growing labor shortages. Many of these issues have a familiar ring. However, the Deloitte reports warns that: “The factors influencing the global mining industry are moving to a new level of extremity.”

The report is full of practical suggestions to tackle the top challenges, including new strategies to:

  • Bring costs under control
  • Manage commodity price volatility
  • Improve capital project management
  • Attract financing
  • Mitigate the risks of diversification and
  • Plan for unforeseeable amid greater volatility

Other key takeaways include:

  • Many opportunities remain to use automation as a tool to fight cost inflation
  • Improved forecasting is needed to handle greater commodity price volatility
  • Key challenges have reached a new level of extremity and require improved collaboration across the entire global enterprise

Vale, Rio Tinto, American Anglo, and many other leading mining companies are fostering improved collaboration by using Triple Point’s end-to-end mining software solution, QMASTOR Pit-to-Port, to provide an integrated view of their global supply chain. This enables them to improve operations and maximize profit through efficient use of resources.  What are you doing to ensure consistent practices and communication across your entire global enterprise? Could an integrated view of your mining operations drive profits to a new level in 2012 and beyond?

Read the full Deloitte report.

IBJ Awards 2011Triple Point’s QMASTOR PortVu bulk terminal management system has won the prestigious International Bulk Journal (IBJ) IT Solutions Award and was recognized for delivering a significant, measurable return-on-investment. 

QMASTOR PortVu was honored with this award because it is the only complete, integrated bulk terminal management system that manages all the complexities of port operations. It is a proven, multi-lingual solution that is being used across the world by leading resource companies and terminals. PortVu optimizes decision-making and delivers substantial cost savings by integrating terminal operations with suppliers, customers, transport providers, agents, laboratories, and other supply chain partners through one common platform.

The award follows on the heels of Triple Point’s acquisition of QMASTOR, the premier provider of mining software solutions to manage the tonnage, quality, and value of coal and mineral supply chains from “pit” to the point of export, import, or consumption. QMASTOR’s advanced solutions manage and optimize all aspects of mining supply chains including mine planning and scheduling, material tracking, logistical movements, 3D stockpile modeling, grade control, blend management for coal, and other minerals such as nickel and iron ore. QMASTOR also offers solutions for managing port operations and metallurgical accounting.

QMASTOR solutions are a perfect addition to the Triple Point portfolio because they supply all the functionality to optimize an end-to-end coal and mineral supply chain, while at the same time being completely complementary to the rest of the Triple Point product set. The companies’ complementary customer bases, target markets, and product sets create substantial opportunities for continued and accelerated growth.

Ann SurrattI’m excited to share the news that Triple Point has announced its acquisition of QMASTOR. QMASTOR is the premier provider of software solutions to manage the tonnage, quality, and value of coal and mineral supply chains from “pit” to the point of export, refining operations, or consumption. As the Australian-based company says itself, their solutions help deliver “the right bulk material in the right place at the right time and at the right cost.”

Consistent with Triple Point’s previous acquisitions (Energy Crossroads, TradeWell Systems, CoralGrid, INSSINC, ROME, Softmar, and Enerbility), the acquisition of QMASTOR is completely complementary to the rest of the Triple Point product set. Triple Point’s vision has always been to provide organizations a comprehensive solution to more efficiently and profitably manage the complete commodity value chain from production to consumption.

With QMASTOR’s flagship product, Pit to Port, we are now able to offer bulk commodity-specific functionality from one end of the supply chain (e.g., the mining pit) to the other (e.g., the power generation plant) for coal and other minerals. QMASTOR’s clients are some of the most prominent natural resource companies in the world and include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Vale, Anglo American, Xstrata, and Peabody Energy.

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