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PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE CORE OF PDS IMPLEMENTATION

With the implementation of Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) technology set to gather pace as surface mines seek to comply with gazetted regulations, PDS specialist Booyco Electronics is calling for careful attention to the management of ‘the people aspect’ to ensure successful adoption and utilisation of the technology.

Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics, believes that the people aspect is the most important part of the PDS implementation journey, or any other new technology in general. Effective change management therefore minimises potential resistance and ensures a smoother transition.

The success or failure of any technological implementation depends, to a greater extent, on the effectiveness of the organisation’s change management strategy. The change management process, says Lourens, should involve not only those at the ‘coal face’ but also other key stakeholders such as management and executives to ensure understanding and seamless integration across the whole organisation.

“Employees’ willingness to adopt new tools in their day-to-day operations plays a key role in the overall success of the technology. It is important for people who use the technology to understand its purpose, benefits, capabilities and expected outcomes, which increase buy-in and user adoption, that are key to overall project success,” says Lourens. 

Booyco Electronics’ change management process helps mines get the most value out of their PDS investments, while also keeping personnel engaged and motivated. The first step, explains Lourens, entails a technical readiness assessment to understand how the technology will impact the mine in question. This often involves wide ranging engagement with the engineering and mining departments to explain the capabilities of the technology – what it can and what it cannot do. 

Once the technological capabilities have been defined, aligned to the mine’s Risk Assessments, the company starts with the provision of detailed training for employees to grasp why the mine is investing in the technology and how it works. 

“In addition, Booyco Electronics offers continuous refresher training courses in line with the identified needs of the mine. Based on the feedback from the mine, there is also a continuous optimisation process which helps support the ongoing success of the technology,” concludes Lourens. 

PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE CORE OF PDS IMPLEMENTATION

With the implementation of Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) technology set to gather pace as surface mines seek to comply with gazetted regulations, PDS specialist Booyco Electronics is calling for careful attention to the management of ‘the people aspect’ to ensure successful adoption and utilisation of the technology.

Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics, believes that the people aspect is the most important part of the PDS implementation journey, or any other new technology in general. Effective change management therefore minimises potential resistance and ensures a smoother transition.

The success or failure of any technological implementation depends, to a greater extent, on the effectiveness of the organisation’s change management strategy. The change management process, says Lourens, should involve not only those at the ‘coal face’ but also other key stakeholders such as management and executives to ensure understanding and seamless integration across the whole organisation.

“Employees’ willingness to adopt new tools in their day-to-day operations plays a key role in the overall success of the technology. It is important for people who use the technology to understand its purpose, benefits, capabilities and expected outcomes, which increase buy-in and user adoption, that are key to overall project success,” says Lourens.

Booyco Electronics’ change management process helps mines get the most value out of their PDS investments, while also keeping personnel engaged and motivated. The first step, explains Lourens, entails a technical readiness assessment to understand how the technology will impact the mine in question. This often involves wide ranging engagement with the engineering and mining departments to explain the capabilities of the technology – what it can and what it cannot do.

Once the technological capabilities have been defined, aligned to the mine’s Risk Assessments, the company starts with the provision of detailed training for employees to grasp why the mine is investing in the technology and how it works.

“In addition, Booyco Electronics offers continuous refresher training courses in line with the identified needs of the mine. Based on the feedback from the mine, there is also a continuous optimisation process which helps support the ongoing success of the technology,” concludes Lourens.

WITH BOOYCO ELECTRONICS, SOUTH AFRICA LEADS THE WAY IN PDS TECHNOLOGY

In December 2022, South Africa implemented the Mine Health and Safety regulation focused on trackless mobile machinery. This regulation aims to reduce collisions involving diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery in the mining industry, ultimately decreasing fatalities and injuries.

A decade ago, the mining sector faced a grim reality with 270 annual fatalities. However, the industry has made significant strides in reducing these numbers by 20% annually, resulting in improved safety records.

In 2021, the industry saw a slight setback with an increase in fatalities and injuries, but progress remains evident as  49 too many fatalities were recorded last year.

Booyco Electronics, an original equipment manufacturer specialising in mine safety equipment, has witnessed a surge in demand for its Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) and Collision Prevention Systems (CPS) since the regulation’s promulgation. These systems offer crucial vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-vehicle detection capabilities.

Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics, notes that South Africa’s mining industry has been proactive in adopting technologies and innovative products to foster behavioural changes in pursuit of safety.

With stricter mine safety legislation, the company is focused on ensuring compliance with South African proximity detection and collision prevention systems requirements.

Lourens says the Minerals Council South Africa played a pivotal role in understanding and mediating around this regulation and identified concerns related to equipment supply, installation, and maintenance. In addition to implementation of PDS systems, some mining houses are keen to take ownership of product maintenance, requiring comprehensive training for their personnel and this creates further opportunities for Booyco Electronics to expand its workforce.

“Significantly, South Africa was the first country to regulate PDS deployment in mining, attracting interest and engagement not only locally but also internationally,” Lourens says. Booyco Electronics, in business for over 17 years, has evolved its product line to meet diverse operational needs. However, Lourens emphasises that PDS alone cannot guarantee safety improvements and that overall CPS success hinges on buy-in from all stakeholders implemented through an integrated approach.

“The mining industry’s appetite for technology adoption varies, but the majority has been quick to embrace advanced technology systems, including PDS and CPS. Better connectivity and data management are also priorities, aiding in safety, efficiency, and productivity enhancement,” he adds.

The company, which is also growing its African footprint, already has a presence in Congo, Ghana, Namibia and Zambia, and has been appointing collaborative technology partners in areas that have a similar mode of operation to that of South African mines. 

Lourens says that digital twin technology is also gaining traction, enabling real-time scenario simulations for risk mitigation, traffic management and analyses and movement monitoring. Booyco Electronics remains committed to helping industries save lives and reduce injuries through its innovative technology.

BOOYCO BEAMS: ENHANCING SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IN MINING OPERATIONS

Today, modern technology has become an integral part of mining operations, ensuring safety and improving productivity. Booyco Electronics, a leading player in proximity detection solutions, is at the forefront of these innovations with its gamechanging offering – the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software solution.

Centralised Information Hub

According to Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics, the pivotal key to enhancing operations lies in centralising information from various sources, including  the mine’s proximity detection system (PDS) assets data. “BEAMS acts as a single source of information, a comprehensive hub that consolidates data from both our PDS and CPS hardware and monitoring devices into a robust database,” says Lourens.

The software suite is a web-based application that not only links the PDS hardware products and the monitoring devices, but also transforms a vast amount of data into a single, comprehensible and manageable stream. This unification provides an opportunity for stakeholders to gain greater insight into various facets of the mining operation, paving the way for increased safety and productivity levels.

Detecting Patterns for Safety

One of the fundamental achievements of BEAMS is its ability to analyse data to detect patterns which could indicate unsafe behaviour. This functionality enables mining customers to understand potential risks and design appropriate interventions, mitigating the probability of future safety incidents.

“BEAMS helps paint a comprehensive picture of the working environment, uncovering operational issues that were previously unknown,” Lourens emphasises. By quantifying the working environment and its interactions, potential risks and bottlenecks can be identified, managed and reduced, ultimately leading to a significant boost in productivity.

By leveraging the data, BEAMS can feed a digital twin model with real-time, accurate information about the state of the mine’s assets and the environment. This comprehensive data enables a more precise and reliable digital twin that reflects the current and historical conditions of the mine. 

Lourens says this allows for predictive modelling, risk analysis, and better decision-making. “With the insights provided by BEAMS, digital twin models can be utilised to their fullest potential, making them an even more powerful tool for improving safety, efficiency, and productivity in mining operations.”

Easy Implementation and Adaptability

BEAMS is engineered for easy implementation and adaptability. It operates on web browser platforms and can conform to various information and infrastructure environments. This flexibility allows for seamless integration into existing systems and workflows.

In addition to improving safety and productivity, BEAMS can integrate with lamp room management systems in underground mines. This feature ensures legal compliance with lamp room requirements and helps mines to effectively locate critical safety equipment such as lamps, self-contained self-rescuers, and gas instrumentation.

Customisable Reporting

Lastly, BEAMS can be configured to meet the unique needs of each user, offering a standard set of reports or providing customised reporting to address specific requirements. This customisation enhances the user experience, enabling a mining operation to get the most from its data and ultimately improving safety and productivity.

“BEAMS is a powerful tool in the arsenal of any modern mining operation. By centralising information, detecting unsafe interaction patterns and providing easy implementation, adaptability, integration, and customisable reporting, it is redefining safety standards and productivity levels in the mining industry,” Lourens concludes. 

BOOYCO BEAMS: ENHANCING SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IN MINING OPERATIONS

Today, modern technology has become an integral part of mining operations, ensuring safety and improving productivity. Booyco Electronics, a leading player in proximity detection solutions, is at the forefront of these innovations with its gamechanging offering – the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software solution.

The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software solution is a gamechanger.
The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software solution is a gamechanger.

Centralised Information Hub

According to Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics, the pivotal key to enhancing operations lies in centralising information from various sources, including  the mine’s proximity detection system (PDS) assets data. “BEAMS acts as a single source of information, a comprehensive hub that consolidates data from both our PDS and CPS hardware and monitoring devices into a robust database,” says Lourens.

The software suite is a web-based application that not only links the PDS hardware products and the monitoring devices, but also transforms a vast amount of data into a single, comprehensible and manageable stream. This unification provides an opportunity for stakeholders to gain greater insight into various facets of the mining operation, paving the way for increased safety and productivity levels.

BEAMS operates on web browser platforms and can conform to various information and infrastructure environments.
BEAMS operates on web browser platforms and can conform to various information and infrastructure environments.

Detecting Patterns for Safety

One of the fundamental achievements of BEAMS is its ability to analyse data to detect patterns which could indicate unsafe behaviour. This functionality enables mining customers to understand potential risks and design appropriate interventions, mitigating the probability of future safety incidents.

“BEAMS helps paint a comprehensive picture of the working environment, uncovering operational issues that were previously unknown,” Lourens emphasises. By quantifying the working environment and its interactions, potential risks and bottlenecks can be identified, managed and reduced, ultimately leading to a significant boost in productivity.

By leveraging the data, BEAMS can feed a digital twin model with real-time, accurate information about the state of the mine’s assets and the environment. This comprehensive data enables a more precise and reliable digital twin that reflects the current and historical conditions of the mine. 

Lourens says this allows for predictive modelling, risk analysis, and better decision-making. “With the insights provided by BEAMS, digital twin models can be utilised to their fullest potential, making them an even more powerful tool for improving safety, efficiency, and productivity in mining operations.”

Easy Implementation and Adaptability

BEAMS is engineered for easy implementation and adaptability. It operates on web browser platforms and can conform to various information and infrastructure environments. This flexibility allows for seamless integration into existing systems and workflows.

In addition to improving safety and productivity, BEAMS can integrate with lamp room management systems in underground mines. This feature ensures legal compliance with lamp room requirements and helps mines to effectively locate critical safety equipment such as lamps, self-contained self-rescuers, and gas instrumentation.

Customisable Reporting

Lastly, BEAMS can be configured to meet the unique needs of each user, offering a standard set of reports or providing customised reporting to address specific requirements. This customisation enhances the user experience, enabling a mining operation to get the most from its data and ultimately improving safety and productivity.

“BEAMS is a powerful tool in the arsenal of any modern mining operation. By centralising information, detecting unsafe interaction patterns and providing easy implementation, adaptability, integration, and customisable reporting, it is redefining safety standards and productivity levels in the mining industry,” Lourens concludes. 

HOW BOOYCO PDS OPENS DOOR TO DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY

Long respected for its contribution to mine safety, Proximity Detection System (PDS) specialist Booyco Electronics has highlighted how data can be leveraged to improve safety on mines while making it more productive and efficient. 

“For many years, our PDS have allowed customers to collect data on the movements of their mobile trackless machinery and their personnel,” says Graeme Jardine, Chief Sales Officer at Booyco Electronics. “As the mining sector embraces the power of the digital twin approach, the value of this data is further enhanced as it can now be used to virtually model the optimisation options on a surface mine.”

The Booyco PDS has become synonymous with ensuring safety on surface mining sites.

Jardine explains that modelling allows the benefits of any operational improvements on a mine to be evaluated in advance of implementing them. Changes to existing systems and processes can introduce risks and costs, so it is important for mines to pre-test options as far as possible – quantifying their potential  benefits in advance. 

“Using a digital twin – the virtual equivalent of the machine in the field – mines can model a number of proposed scenarios and choose the one that is optimal for their operation,” he says. To illustrate this point, he uses the example that through heat maps created via Booyco’s Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software suite a scenario depicting  haul trucks experiencing excessive standing time waiting to be loaded. The mine can use digital twin modelling to investigate the detailed implications and costs of diverting some trucks to an added excavator or shovel. By quantifying costs and benefits more accurately, an informed  decision can be made, making the best use of the available capital and resources – and positively impacting the bottom line.

For Booyco Electronics customers, their years of collected data through PDS and the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software suite, which is a central information hub linking the proximity detection hardware products with monitoring devices, e.g. control room environment. positions them well to advance with digital twin technology – as this data can now be used to populate a modelling system.

“The modelling process may require an extended period’s worth of data to be input, before the results can be regarded as representative and meaningful,” says Jardine. This means that they will not have to wait months or years to generate the necessary data from scratch. As a leader in this field since 2006, Booyco Electronics is able to leverage its technology to harness the potential of digital twin modelling .

“We have taken many mines through the process of applying PDS technology, and are now well positioned to walk a similar journey with them towards a digital twin value add,” he says. 

HOW BOOYCO PDS OPENS DOOR TO DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY

Long respected for its contribution to mine safety, Proximity Detection System (PDS) specialist Booyco Electronics has highlighted how data can be leveraged to improve safety on mines while making it more productive and efficient.

“For many years, our PDS have allowed customers to collect data on the movements of their mobile trackless machinery and their personnel,” says Graeme Jardine, Chief Sales Officer at Booyco Electronics. “As the mining sector embraces the power of the digital twin approach, the value of this data is further enhanced as it can now be used to virtually model the optimisation options on a surface mine.”

Graeme Jardine, Chief Sales Officer at Booyco Electronics.
Graeme Jardine, Chief Sales Officer at Booyco Electronics.

Jardine explains that modelling allows the benefits of any operational improvements on a mine to be evaluated in advance of implementing them. Changes to existing systems and processes can introduce risks and costs, so it is important for mines to pre-test options as far as possible – quantifying their potential  benefits in advance.

“Using a digital twin – the virtual equivalent of the machine in the field – mines can model a number of proposed scenarios and choose the one that is optimal for their operation,” he says. To illustrate this point, he uses the example that through heat maps created via Booyco’s Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software suite a scenario depicting  haul trucks experiencing excessive standing time waiting to be loaded. The mine can use digital twin modelling to investigate the detailed implications and costs of diverting some trucks to an added excavator or shovel. By quantifying costs and benefits more accurately, an informed  decision can be made, making the best use of the available capital and resources – and positively impacting the bottom line.

Booyco Electronics has an extensive footprint of customers facilitating harnessing of technology for digital twin modelling.
Booyco Electronics has an extensive footprint of customers facilitating harnessing of technology for digital twin modelling.

For Booyco Electronics customers, their years of collected data through PDS and the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software suite, which is a central information hub linking the proximity detection hardware products with monitoring devices, e.g. control room environment. positions them well to advance with digital twin technology – as this data can now be used to populate a modelling system.

“The modelling process may require an extended period’s worth of data to be input, before the results can be regarded as representative and meaningful,” says Jardine. This means that they will not have to wait months or years to generate the necessary data from scratch. As a leader in this field since 2006, Booyco Electronics is able to leverage its technology to harness the potential of digital twin modelling .

“We have taken many mines through the process of applying PDS technology, and are now well positioned to walk a similar journey with them towards a digital twin value add,” he says.

BOOYCO ELECTRONICS EXPLORES THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF PEOPLE IN COLLISION PREVENTION SYSTEMS IN UPCOMING WEBINAR

Booyco Electronics, a leading provider of innovative safety solutions in the mining industry and pioneer of Collision Prevention Systems (CPS), is pleased to announce its upcoming webinar in partnership with Mining Review Africa. Titled “Human Touch in High-Tech: Mastering the Crucial Role of People in Collision Prevention Systems” this webinar will shed light on the indispensable contribution of human expertise in the realm of cutting-edge collision prevention technology.

Scheduled to take place on Thursday July 20, 2023 at 14h00, the webinar aims to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with merging human and technological capabilities. While technology continues to evolve and drive advancements in collision prevention, the webinar emphasises that human intuition and knowledge are pivotal for achieving optimal system performance.

Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics and Alan Marneweck, Engineer at TerreSauver, will share their insights and experiences, providing a comprehensive understanding of how to strike the right balance between human and technological contributions. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on understanding human behaviour and psychology, harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence, and other strategies for optimising collision prevention systems.

Key learnings from the webinar include:

  • Recognising the importance of human intuition and expertise in optimising collision prevention systems.
  • Strategies for integrating human and technological capabilities to enhance collision prevention, leveraging data to improve human decision-making.
  • The role of effective communication and collaboration in achieving a harmonious balance between human and technological contributions.
  • The significance of ongoing training and education to ensure that humans are equipped to master their crucial role in collision prevention systems amidst rapid technological advancements.
  • Exploring the potential benefits of human-tech synergy in various industries and environments, improving safety, efficiency, and overall performance.
  • Participants will walk away with actionable insights to understand the untapped potential of human-tech collaboration in ensuring safer roads and workplaces. Whether technology experts or safety professionals, attendees will find the webinar engaging and informative, offering practical tips applicable to their own collision prevention systems.

To register for the webinar and secure your place, visit https://www.miningreview.com/health-and-safety/webinar-human-touch-in-high-tech-mastering-the-crucial-role-of-people-in-collision-prevention-systems/. Join Booyco Electronics and Mining Review Africa to discover how human expertise and technology can synergise to make a significant impact on collision prevention.

BOOYCO ELECTRONICS SHARES COLLISION AVOIDANCE INSIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

Global mining majors are leading from the front in the application of proximity detection systems (PDS) in mine safety strategies, as was clearly demonstrated at the recent Collision Avoidance Forum in New South Wales, Australia.

“Some of the world’s largest mining companies were at the forum to present their approaches to leveraging PDS technology in their quest for zero harm,” says Anton Lourens, CEO of leading PDS specialist Booyco Electronics, who also presented at the event.

Hosted by the Minerals Council of NSW and the New South Wales Resources Regulator, the Collision Avoidance Forum attracted some 300 delegates from around Australia and globally. Lourens points out that this reflected the high level of interest in PDS and its value to the industry, with sizeable delegations from mining companies, OEMs and PDS suppliers alike.

The global mining sector is steadily embracing proximity detection systems (PDS) as a tool in their safety journey.
The global mining sector is steadily embracing proximity detection systems (PDS) as a tool in their safety journey.

“While Australia has not regulated the use of PDS – as has recently been done in countries like South Africa – there is still an industry-wide commitment to addressing significant risk,” he says. “Risk assessments are well entrenched in the mining sector, and these create the foundation for effectively applying collision avoidance strategies and technologies.”

The message from the event, he noted, was that plenty of progress had been made – both in the development and the on-site application of PDS systems. For those companies still thinking about embracing these systems, there was therefore no need to reinvent the wheel. At the same time, there was growing incentive to apply PDS where a mine had identified significant risk from the movement of mobile mining equipment.

Lourens highlighted in his presentation that collision avoidance solutions do not function in isolation. Successful applications rely on a clearly defined scope of work that integrates a range of factors from risk assessments, traffic management plans together with traffic flow analysis, to the different OEM and technology capabilities, and the stakeholders’ awareness and buy-in.

It is important to note that collision avoidance solutions do not function in isolation.
It is important to note that collision avoidance solutions do not function in isolation.

Practical project execution on mines relies on commitment and availability from both engineering and mining teams, and managers need to understand stakeholder acceptance as well as the overall project costs in relation to capital and ongoing operational expenditure.

“Within the range of technologies available, the user still has to select the solution that best suits their application,” he says. “This is where the years of work done by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) on roadmaps and processes is also helping mines to implement collision avoidance strategies more quickly and effectively.”

By approaching the implementation process in a guided and disciplined manner, mines are today able to follow roadmaps that ensure best use of time and resources. He notes that these sequential processes take account of critical areas such as change management, behaviour, operational and technology readiness.

EVOLUTION OF PDS DEEPENS ITS SAFETY IMPACT ON MINES

Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) started out as a valuable mechanism to warn operators and pedestrians of imminent danger, but today they play even more powerful health and safety roles.

These include gathering and analysing site-specific data that allows management to plan safe and efficient traffic flows. According to Anton Lourens, CEO of leading PDS developer Booyco Electronics, the rapid development of digital communication and sensor technology is opening many doors to higher safety levels.

“PDS can today locate vehicles and personnel in real time, giving mines the ability to recognise patterns in traffic movement,” says Lourens. “From this starting point, traffic management strategies can be developed to keep people away from trackless mining machinery (TMM).”

Importantly, the data collected can identify ‘hot spots’ where potential collisions could occur. This makes a systemic contribution to the mine’s safety, as management can adapt traffic management plans to  create segregation of people from equipment, and equipment from each other. This feeds constructively into the mine’s ongoing risk assessment responsibilities, and provides strong mitigation methods.

The Booyco CXS solution providing a comprehensive and integrated response to Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 safety levels – as defined by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT).
The Booyco CXS solution providing a comprehensive and integrated response to Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 safety levels – as defined by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT).

“This is giving PDS a vital role in each mine’s code of practice (COP), making these interventions specific rather than generalised,” he says. “Every mine has its own specific traffic conditions and operational requirements, for instance, and PDS helps provide insight into those conditions so that the COP is kept relevant and effective.”

He points to the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) software suite as an example. This is essentially a central information hub that gives mines the insight they need into operational interactions.

“BEAMS analyses a huge amount of data from vehicles, uncovering important aspects such as unsafe patterns of behaviour,” says Lourens. “This gives management the basis for responding with strategies that mitigate risk and enhance safety.”

He also highlights the growing use of sensor technology in enhancing the health and safety benefits of PDS. These innovations have, as example, added a close-up and more accurate sensing approach to the traditional long-distance detection technology.

“We have designed our CXS range of PDS solutions so that we can readily augment the system architecture with sensors,” he says. “By combining various sensing technologies, we develop flexible solutions that make for safer working environments – as they are specific to customer and operational requirements.”

Lourens reiterates that the application of PDS technology can only be effective when based on a thorough risk assessment. This, he says, will ensure that the mine’s selection of a solution is relevant to their needs and conditions.

“This means a well-planned process that includes careful change management and real engagement with all involved,” he explains. “By taking the required steps, PDS can play a significant role in enhancing health and safety – while providing long-term benefits in productivity.”