Highland Valley Copper Control System Upgrade - Case Study

CIM Edmonton 2008
Mike Elsinga, Jamie Hargreaves,
Abstract The control system at Highland Valley Copper is being upgraded to extend the lifecycle of system to the foreseeable future of the mine. 2 of the 5 lines have been converted to the Schneider Control System so far, with the remaining three areas schedule for conversion in the next year. The conversion of the two areas was accomplished during normally scheduled maintenance periods resulting in the mine maintaining full planned production due to the essentially transparent nature of the conversion. This conversion success was the result of a co-operative approach between the vendor, the systems integrator and the mine. The systems integration utilized the tools and techniques available in a modern control architecture. These key aspects of a successful project are described in the paper.
Keywords: system, Technology, Control, Copper, upgrade
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