SMART Mine Benchmarking -- Pilot to the Future

CIM Edmonton 2004
Abstract SMART, an association of surface mining companies formed in 1995 to develop a coordinated approach to technology development for the mining industry, has recognized the need for the establishment of a worldwide database that continuously collects mining equipment metrics related to productivity and cost. This data would then be validated to common definitions and analyzed to provide participating companies with regular reports that allow them to understand their position and resultant opportunities to achieve world-class performance.
Under the auspices of SMART, Syncrude Canada, Suncor Energy and Albian Sands Energy (three oil sands mining operations located in northern Alberta) have established a pilot project for mine benchmarking. This presentation will include a review of the pilot progress including:

· Data gathering techniques: means of collection and storage, proposed practice for data control and normalization, access to data/reports and format for data.
· Reports/analyses for individuals, across groups, within the total industry pool and publicly.
· Security and confidentiality of information belonging to identified parties.
· Sharing of best practices among members.
Keywords: SMART, Oil sands, Benchmarking, Mine
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