Posted by: Peter Collins
Following another week of publicity about the effect of Iron Ore price levels, Peter Collins was approached by Austmine for comments on the Hot Topic of Workforce Logistics Efficiency. Austmine is the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.
Industry Q & A with Austmine
Optimising your Mining Workforce for Efficiency and Productivity Gains
Austmine caught up with Peter Collins to get his insights into what mining companies can do to really make the best use of their teams. Peter worked with the building industry for 20 years before joining Vix three years ago to work with the mining and resources sector.
What are the biggest challenges for mining companies nowadays with remote workforce management?
Complexity of Travel. Today’s FIFO worker now has a multi-step travel itinerary to get from Door to Ore. Connecting Commercial Flights with Charter flights on a repeating roster pattern, that are now many and varied, is very complex. All the while coordinating this to deliver the best utilisation of your flight and village accommodation capacity, which is the other big challenge in today's "efficiency for cost saving" drive.
How important is it for mining companies to be able to fully utilise their assets in relation to FIFO workforces and optimise the travel management of staff? What kind of efficiency gains stand to be made?
It is much cheaper and achievable for an operation to use technology to utilise the allocated number of seats on a plane than to contract an extra in and out flight. Or to fully optimise the rooms in the village, as opposed to building more rooms. Or what is more financially frustrating is to have empty rooms due to poor management, while workers could have been on site. When you start to add up the cost of empty seats or vacant rooms, over catering, and a mismatch of workforce numbers to assets, there may be millions to be gained in cost saving. For example, the number of empty seats due to No Shows at an airport, has been proven to be massively reduced with an online Workflow management system, and notifications to ensure clear communication to the traveller. For a big site, just a 5% decrease in your No Show numbers has a multiplier effect in efficiency. Utilising your assets yes, but also saving on the costly administration burdens of rescheduling and reallocations.
Read the full interview on the Austmine website.
Business Development Manager