Gemcom Software International recently announced that it has released MineSched 6.1, the latest version of its scheduling software for surface and underground mines. It incorporates a four-step scheduling workflow and visual scheduling canvas to enable mine planners to create better schedules more quickly compared to other software.

MineSched 6.1 offers the ability to accommodate for the planning characteristics found in every mining project and includes customer-driven enhancements such as linking MineSched to external Microsoft Excel workbooks for easy integration to existing planning processes. Combined with new features to allow mine planners to more intuitively manipulate, analyze, and report their scheduling scenarios, MineSched 6.1 helps produce practical schedules for any mine planning situation. The software improvements include:

  • Integration with other Gemcom systems creates a complete mine planning solution, through which many manual and routine tasks can be automated;
  • Decreased implementation and ongoing support costs due to reduced reliance on vendor setup services compared to other scheduling systems;
  • More powerful scheduling scenario manipulation;< li > Fine-tuned underground development scheduling; and< li > Enhanced visualization and analysis of scheduling scenarios.

“We use MineSched for weekly, mid-range and long-term scheduling. It is a user-friendly software product that is easy to set up and learn,” said Ruth Menz, mining engineer, Golden Star Resources. “With the software we are able to set realistic targets for the company and we know the life-of-mine at any point in time in just a few clicks. MineSched has also helped increase our efficiency, saving costs and reducing scheduling time, enabling us to spend more time using the end results it outputs. In addition, the software’s seamless workflows have reduced errors as there is no longer a need to manually input block model attributes.”