Software System Improves Safety Management at Basin Mine Sites

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SAFETY comes first at mine sites in the Bowen Basin, and a new agreement is predicted to improve emergency management.

The Queensland Mines Rescue Service (QMRS) recently signed over the exclusive distribution rights for its newly-developed Mine Emergency Management System (MEMS*2) software to Mackay-based Mining Logic Solutions (MLS).

In consultation with the coal industry, the QMRS developed the system to help manage emergency situations at mines. The software is seen as a giant step forward in mine emergency management.

QMRS operations manager Michael Farrag initially sourced MLS to design the product, an extension of the paper-based MEMS already adopted by 11 underground coal mines across the state.

"Mining Logic Solutions are experienced in the underground sector so they could quickly relate to our requirements," Mr Farrag said.

"MLS developed the NEXSYSTM real-time risk management system, so MEMS*2 was a natural step to go hand-in-hand with NEXSYSTM.

"It made sense for them to go on and be the distribution licensee because they have such an intimate understanding of the product."

Mr Farrag believes the NEXSYSTM technology will become the backbone of communications and monitoring for mining.

"NEXSYSTM delivers world-first capabilities in real-time risk profiling, hazard management, control and decision support and next generation ethernet-enabled communications systems based on IEC Ex ia (intrinsically safe) hardware.

"Having these two products on site will not only improve the way that a mine deals with an emergency, but will also improve the day to day management on the site. …