RPM Regional General Manager, EMEA, Mike Evans notes many clients are overly dependent on “niche” technical skills. “With a skills shortage continuing to affect the industry, we’ve addressed these concerns by opening up mine planning to a wider audience,” Evans said.

The software, Evans added, has reduced the need to learn scripting, allowing for more high-speed planning. “By implementing Underground Coal, we remove the risk of loss of human capital from our clients’ business,” he said.

System developers say users will be able to quickly and easily explore many scenarios while maintaining consistent and practical results. That should lead to increased confidence, informed decision making and decreased risk, each adding extra value to the project.