Trevali Mining Corporation recently set out to centralise IT, optimise operations, and make fast, informed decisions across data repositories and business processes at its offices and its four main mining sites around the globe. The company chose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Microsoft 365, and Azure services to power its new operating platform and expects to realise $20 million in pre-tax, sustainable savings and efficiencies by 2022 from its Digital Transformation Program.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Trevali Mining Corporation is a global natural-resource company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of zinc, lead, silver, and copper deposits. In late 2019, the company launched T90, an initiative to reduce all-in sustaining costs (AISC) to $0.90 per pound of zinc. By 2022, the company expects to achieve $50 million in annual sustainable efficiencies, with $20 million of those savings coming from the Digital Transformation Program alone.
This Digital Transformation Program is a big component of T90—a way to help achieve best-in-class operational performance, especially across its four main mining locations in Burkina Faso, Canada, Namibia, and Peru. To improve communication and scalability, Trevali planned to deploy a single digital operating platform.
For underground operations, employees didn’t always have access to the most current information. Normally, they got a work plan at the beginning of their shift, but they had no reliable way to track their progress or receive new information underground. To improve connectivity and monitor equipment health and performance, including its location relative to people and other pieces of machinery, the company plans to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in the mines, issue more mobile devices, and start connecting equipment to an Internet of Things (IoT) network. Trevali will also automate selected processes to improve safety and efficiency, like managing mine ventilation and semi-autonomous loading from a surface control room during a shift change, when the loading of blasted material is normally postponed pending adequate ventilation to clean the air.