Diaviks Production Information Management System

CIM Montreal 2003
Zac Zacharias,
Abstract Diavik Diamond Mine Inc. (DDMI) has treated systems development as an integral part of the construction project when it built Canada's second
diamond mine. Fully aware that the proper collection and processing of operational data is needed to drive business decisions during production and planning. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were defined to effectively
manage operations when the mine went into production. The Production Information Management System (PIMS) allows KPIs to be measured, reported, and transferred to other systems in a reliable and convenient manner. PIMS provides a mechanism to collect real time production data from the various control systems around the site and acts as a tool to "drill-down" and establish the important cause-effect relationships that impact the value of a KPI. Thus PIMS provides not only a data collection, storage and
management environment but also an environment in which cause-effect relationships can be analysed and statistically verified. This
understanding of the real cause-effect relationships, close to the source of
the data and in the context of the operation, can be used to improve both operations and maintenance performance. The PIMS includes the PI Database implementation, its associated external
interfaces with the various Control Systems, Cleaning Packaging Weighing System, Environmental System, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System, and Diamond Tracking System (DTS), as well as laboratory data collection, custom
applications (downtime tracking, data reconciliation) and user clients. The interface with the EAM system provides material flow quantities and equipment availability on which the plant performance reports are based.
The transfer of equipment usage to the EAM system feeds into the maintenance notifications and work orders functionality in the EAM. The nvironmental system interface provides the mechanism for capturing water consumption data
required to generate the various regulatory reports. The interface to the cleaning packaging weighing system will provide the mechanism for capturing batch data for transfer to the DTS for tracking of diamond product to the
production splitting facility in Yellowknife. The PIMS lab application provides a means of getting sample data into the system for critical
metallurgical metrics, and the data reconciliation application provides a means of manually verifying the data before it is published or passed onto other systems.

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