Short Interval Control (SIC) can be a great productivity enabler and this guideline provides a framework for implementing it and achieving its benefits.
In recent years, several high-profile underground mining operations have seen impressive results from implementing SIC, a form of control and response. SIC is a structured process for identifying and acting on opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency of mining processes (production, development, and services). The intended outcome is a continuous improvement loop of improving productivity and wasting less time.
This guideline – developed in partnership with the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) – provides a framework to increase the speed and likelihood of success during SIC implementation while avoiding common pitfalls. Mining companies can use this guideline as a reference for all stages of their SIC deployments. It can also act as a checkpoint to validate that the lessons learned from leaders across the mining industry are applied to their implementations.
A value proposition that oversees the overall equipment effectiveness, operational processes, benefits to supervisors and safety and emergency procedures
An operational model – including a set of detailed workflow diagrams and a maturity model – that provides an overview of conceptual operations, SIC processes and data enablement
An end-to-end implementation framework that includes culture and change management, planning stages, deployment and ongoing review
This guideline provides much-needed independent direction on the available options for SIC, allowing for greater and faster adoption of control technologies and processes. This will facilitate better planning, quicker decisions, increased production, lower costs, and safer working.