The mining industry has many challenges ahead. A common theme in many articles on the overall subject is the use of new digital technologies to support efforts in improving productivity and increasing margins. Mining is known to be a dangerous profession and electronic methods to improve Control of Work are a fundamental process that can be adopted to improve both safety and productivity. Regulations and environmental requirements need to be enforced where people, processes, and technologies can help transform the industry.

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Engica’s Control of Work solution supports the Mining, Extraction and Metal industries with a range of configurable applications including Risk Assessment, Permit, LOTO and Logging systems, all designed to help streamline the Permit to Work Process and Communication across departments, personnel and contractor staff, prior to and during work activities. Visualization of work activity has proven to be highly successful to highlight SimOps and potential Conflict conditions by using real-time plot maps and isometric displays that give status and scope of activities. Tasks take into consideration regulatory requirements and the need to assess risk management of work activities, personnel skills and work permit requirements for different work classifications such as Work Zone Entry, Electrical HV/LV, Hot Work, Confined Space and other types. Q4 solutions, which come with pre-configured templates and workflow (that can be changed), have been helping the sector to achieve faster implementation and results. The robust systems include Isolation Risk Assessment, Conflict Detection, P&ID Interfaces, Equipment Test Certificates, Barrier, Lessons Learned, Work Planning, Audit Verifications and more … to maintain regulatory compliance and reduce risks across the industry. The solution also comes with adaptors configured for ESRI, SAP, IBM Maximo and other ERP systems to offer seamless operation across the enterprise.