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Australian Copper & Gold mine use MonitorPro for auditing environmental compliance data

PanAust is a copper and gold producer headquartered in Brisbane, Australia. Through their Lao-registered business, Phu Bia Mining, they operate the Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation, as well as numerous exploration projects across the country. In 2012, PanAust accounted for more than 7 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and over 30 per cent of total Lao goods export.

Requirements

Phu Bia Mining completed construction of the Phu Kham Operation in 2008, and its Ban Houayxai Operation commenced production in 2012. Environmental Monitoring Data from these operational sites and numerous exploration sites was being managed through a combination of manual forms and a number of large Excel workbooks. These were time consuming to maintain and made it difficult to audit the integrity of historical data. In November 2012, PanAust issued a Request for Proposal for an Environmental Data Monitoring System, to which EHS Data responded and MonitorPro was chosen as the most appropriate system.

The System

Phu Bia Mining purchased 18 licences of MP-5, used to access a single database through which all Environmental Monitoring Data for their Laos operations and projects is managed. The database and server components are hosted by Phu Bia Mining at their head office in Vientiane, with the MonitorPro - Desktop software installed on both thick and thin clients for access from the various sites. This slightly unusual system was appropriate due to the relatively large number of technical staff requiring the advanced functionalities of the installed MonitorPro - Desktop software. Phu Bia Mining is, however, considering the purchase of MonitorPro - Web for use by management in overseeing the data. 

The Implementation

A data transfer was undertaken by EHS Data in late 2013 to migrate existing data from excel workbooks to the MonitorPro database. Shortly following this, a consultant from EHS Data visited Laos and conducted an implementation visit at Phu Bia Mining’s Vientiane office to train 12 users of the software and 2 IT administrators, and produce recommendations for additional works to maximise the benefits of the new system. A further visit to Vientiane was undertaken in March 2014 to review progress, further train and improve automation. Two key parts of this was liaising with ALS laboratories to ensure data imports automatically from emails, and the production of report templates for routine regulatory reporting. 

The Results

Phu Bia mining are now utilising MonitorPro to manage Environmental Monitoring Data across their operations and projects in Laos. This has improved efficiency and provides a confidence in the integrity of the data. Further works remain ongoing to further maximise these benefits.

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