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Commit Works expanding global footprint with major investment from Jolimont Global Mining Systems

Founded by Alex Retzlaff and Paul Moynagh, Commit Works enables planned and coordinated work in challenging work environments such as underground mining and construction. Since adopting the Commit Works software, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Glencore have increased productivity, in some cases by over 30%, and lost-time injuries are lower than industry average.

Commit Works is currently installing Fewzion, the flagship solution, at major BHP and South32 underground mines, bringing the latest technology to these operations.

Fewzion enables planners to quickly build integrated shift plans, which are provided electronically to mining and support crews, coordinating the complex work being performed throughout each shift. Crews and management have visibility of planned work and are accountable for achieving the plan through real-time progress measurement. Fewzion is a solution that’s improving the daily work in mining operations, delivering results at the coal-face.

CEO Paul Moynagh said the investment would enable Commit Works to expand their global reach. “We are thrilled to receive this significant backing from Jolimont, the world’s best mining technology venture capital fund ­- it will greatly accelerate our growth in Australia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Our products reliably deliver rapid and significant improvements to operations (in many cases more than 30% increase in production results) – we look forward to sharing our software and these kinds of results globally.”

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Mining goes mobile

Commit Works features in CIM Magazine, article reposted here:

Applications to modernize mapping, monitoring and mine management

Mobile technology is ubiquitous today. Seventy-six per cent of Canadian adults owned a smartphone in 2016, according to Statistics Canada, and 54 per cent owned a tablet or e-reader. The numbers are virtually identical in the United States. It is no surprise, then, that mobile devices are changing how people work, even in industries as conservative – and as operationally challenging – as mining.

A handful of companies have begun taking advantage of the new technology space. The mobile applications they offer vary in focus, but each aims to help miners get better visibility, make better decisions and improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations – all at prices far below traditional enterprise-level software. That fact promises to help level the technological playing field between large and small operators.

If you know where you are…

Takor Group is an Australian geospatial technology startup. Their primary product, Mappt, is a low-cost, offline-capable mobile geographic information system (GIS) application. Users record data and photos against geographic locations, such as the position of a drillhole, using configurable forms. “It can pop up questions one by one, and as they’re answered, it jumps to the next question,” said Takor product manager Ciarán Doyle. “In the background, it’s saving all that information against that location.” Users can create geofenced inclusion or exclusion zones, defining them either ahead of time or by walking or driving the perimeter. “The app addresses quite a few of the pain points that field collectors were feeling,” said Doyle.

“The massive time savings” of collecting data digitally, rather than manually with a physical map and pen and paper, is a major selling point, said Doyle, brand and strategy at Takor, as is having all the tools you need in one device. And, he said, “The quality of data has shot through the roof.”

It is also a fit-for-purpose solution, like many of the apps available for mining. “One of the reasons that Mappt came about was due to the frustration of using ArcGIS and their mobile application,” said Doyle. “It’s quite extensive and extremely hard to use and to set up. You couldn’t just go out in the field with a professional tool without spending thousands of dollars, and there’s a massive process involved.” With Mappt, he said, a user can go straight from purchasing the product to being in the field in “literally minutes.”Mappt

Mappt, a mobile GIS app by the tech startup Takor, was designed to be low-cost and user friendly. Courtesy of Takor Group

Chris Devlin, director at iSpatial Solutions, a GIS consultancy which acts as “effectively, the in-house GIS department” for a number of small mining companies, often recommends Mappt to clients. “They like it not only for the functionality and the ease of use but also for the licensing model,” he said. “It’s simple and cost-effective.”

…you can plan where you’re going

MST Global’s Field Analysis & Reporting Application (FARA) uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and a mobile app to provide fleet and personnel management to underground and open-pit operations. Sean Dessureault, now chief innovation evangelist at MST, developed FARA at his company, MISOM Technologies, before selling MISOM to MST in late 2017.


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“Our tablet for fleet management can be installed in a machine in a few minutes,” Dessureault said, and even temporarily in contractor vehicles. The tablets determine their position using GPS or by sensing small, $30 Bluetooth beacons that can be placed around the site – even underground. That location information can be used by the application to automatically track cycles, sequences and even delays and can be leveraged to prompt users for input using location-based triggers. Operators also use the app to fill in digitized forms for things like hazard assessments and pre-operational checklists. Tablet-to-tablet communication means that a supervisor can approach a vehicle and view the forms the driver has filled out, even without Wi-Fi or LTE infrastructure.

“From the operator feedback, they like the digital forms the best. It saves time, and they find the information more engaging,” said Dessureault – especially when the feedback is gamified, as FARA can be configured to be. Employees earn points on a leaderboard for the number of cycles they complete or for providing a good safety share, for example. Shift changes can be improved by rewarding operators for getting on their machine before a certain time. Before, Dessureault said, “even if you did write an excellent safety share during your take-five, nobody would ever really know. Miners love having that feedback. They love to compete.”

The sudden availability of inexpensive apps and consumer-grade electronic devices has spurred some operators to adopt systems like this for the first time. “Some of our installs were in places that have never had fleet management before,” said Dessureault, “so productivity increased significantly.”

Put down the clipboard

For other operators, however, mobile technology may augment existing information management systems and make a technician’s job easier.

Canary Systems’ MLWeb is one such data management system. It aggregates and correlates data from various third-party instrumentation and sensors, data loggers, radars and satellites to provide risk management for projects in numerous industries, including mining, construction and dams. The mobile portion of Canary’s software suite is the data collection tool MLField.

“MLField has been designed to support users in cases where they don’t have automated instrumentation,” said Martin van Balkom, marketing manager at Canary Systems. “A technician would like to go into the field and, for example, go to a piezometer and take a manual reading.”


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“There are still cases where people take the readings manually” with pen and paper, added Andrei Pascu, Canary’s Canadian group manager. “Going back to the office, those readings are transcribed into the system or into Excel.” Using the app to collect data, he said, is both faster and more reliable – previous readings are shown, helping catch entry errors, and the tablet automatically syncs to the project database once online again, eliminating transcription errors.

“One of the advantages of tying this all together is the speed with which you can now manage the risk of this operation,” said van Balkom. “We have a dam client in the U.S. where their data collection in the field, from the time it was collected until the engineer saw it, took about 2 months. That’s basically historical data at that point.” Even engineers used to getting instrumentation readings 12 to 24 hours after collection could benefit from the increased visibility that digital methods enable.

BME, a South Africa-based blasting company, offers XploLog, which like MLField, is primarily for collecting data in the field. XploLog’s data syncs back to BME’s blasting design database, BlastMap.

“As the users are logging into the XploLog system the actual loading and timing of what’s going on in the field, that information is being sent directly back to the office, so the people in the office are aware of any problem,” said BME managing director Joe Keenan. “They might get an alert saying three holes have collapsed, so they can talk about the best workaround. Or they can just log it into the system so the actual design is recorded in the database.”

“It increases productivity, but it also reduces the surprises. These tools give you the ability to see the problem before it becomes the problem,” said Keenan. Before using the mobile app to record blast data, he added, “it was paper reports or word of mouth. And it was a very imperfect system, I assure you.”

Bring your plan to work with you

Eliminating paper from the field makes life simpler for both planners and supervisors. Fewzion is a work management system from Commit Works, which enables short interval control (SIC) on mobile devices in the field. All work on site can be pulled in from source planning systems such as Xact, Surpac, Deswik, SAP, spreadsheets etc., as well as inspections, equipment servicing, training, site development work and the actual production work. It is then planned and can be tracked in short chunks to ensure people can react to problems early enough to reliably hit their targets.

“It contains all the work and targets that planners from each department have agreed to, alongside detailed tasks that crews and supervisors think need to be done for the whole site,” said Commit Works CEO Paul Moynagh. “Then the team can start making some trade-offs to land on a plan that is achievable for each shift.” By making everything visible to the whole team, detailed planning can take place between silos, allowing everybody to understand and commit to a well-coordinated, holistic plan for the operation.

Moynagh notes that at many sites, supervisors still drive around with stacks of paper detailing the week’s work in production targets, Gantt charts, mud maps and even photos of the whiteboard from the production meeting. “If you see these massive piles of paper, you understand why it’s very difficult to find the information supervisors need or get good decision-making out of that kind of data,” said Moynagh. The mobile portion of Fewzion provides an organized, offline-capable digital view of everything in the system. “A phone or tablet is far more convenient to carry around. And if they’re out in the field and see something that needs to be done, they can create a task and suggest a time for it,” he added. That task will be synchronized across the whole Fewzion system once the device is online. “Add to our new mapping system (visual ops) and all work can be seen on a map next to the machines and people that will be doing it and any of the hazards that they might encounter.”

Users of Fewzion have seen 30 to 50 per cent increases in production after implementation, according to Moynagh. “A lot of the things that used to get in the way, a lot of the annoying waste, now gets planned out before it happens,” he said. “All the things that were causing them trouble, which are very hard to pinpoint, just start to disappear with a well-thought-out frontline plan that everyone can see and agree on.”

More than mere technology

In true Silicon Valley style, several of the app makers pride themselves as disruptors with a higher purpose. “Most tier ones would never pay $1,000 for something they could buy for $20,000,” said MST’s Dessureault, only half-jokingly. “Our price point is so low, we can open up the quarry market, the small-to-medium size mines.”

“The big thing for us is the democratization of technology,” agreed Doyle of Takor Group. “We’re reducing or removing possible barriers to entry for people to benefit from technology. Being able to run the app on a cheap Android device and basically have an enterprise-level tool at a bargain basement price, that’s what we want.”

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Commit Works supports Girl Rising charity event

Commit Works is a proud sponsor of the Girl Rising Cocktail Charity Event on 17 August 2018 at Brisbane’s Story Bridge Hotel.

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, which uses storytelling to create change.

The single best way to end global poverty is to educate girls. Yet, millions of girls are missing from classrooms, facing barriers that boys don’t, including:

  • early marriage
  • sex trafficking
  • domestic slavery
  • gender-based violence.

Girl Rising began in 2013 when a team of former journalists released the film Girl Rising, which showcases girls from around the world affected by the power of education – or lack thereof.

Today, through mass media campaigns and community-led partnerships, Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire girls to create a different future and to create transformational change in the way girls are valued.

Commit Works is delighted to support the Girl Rising Cocktail Charity Event, which includes:

All funds raised at the cocktail event go directly towards an upcoming Girl Rising campaign in Guatemala, which will work with non-government organisations to deliver programs and create new films educating third-world communities to empower girls in refugee situations.

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Short Interval control system

Pathways to a Mine that is in Short Term Interval Control

A few nights ago I had a call with Leon Cosgrove from Wipro about short interval control. We discussed the different ways miners can go to improve performance in their operations. Perhaps it was because we’re both involved in the consulting industry but somehow a 2 by 2 matrix appeared as we spoke. See below, we both thought it was helpful for describing the journey to a high performing operation.

On the Y Axis is the extent to which the mine can measure and see where all their equipment is and what it is doing. There is a big range of technologies here but to keep it simple these range from sites with no way of knowing where anything is or what it is doing through truck counts and radio based tools like PitRam up to high precision fleet management systems like Modular, Newtrax or MobileARIS. Telematics and measurement are one thing but getting the data out of the pit is equally challenging, again simplifying terribly, technologies used range from nothing to radios, to leaky feeder to wifi and daisy chaining to LTE.

On the X Axis is the extent to which the mine is planning and scheduling frontline operational work. On the left are operations that believe that a good mining schedule and perhaps a maintenance plan are able to be simply handed down to the operation to execute. On the right are the operations who have the frontline management systems and behaviours necessary to describe in short intervals what needs to be done each shift for everyone on the site. These operations engage religiously in the Plan Do Check Act cycle and use variances from the plan each shift, day and week to drive performance improvements continuously.

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Three routes to high performance

With the matrix above it was interesting to think through the different routes to becoming a high performer, we came up with three options.

1.Technology first. Many operations have invested heavily in connectivity and fleet management systems that tell them where alShort Interval Controll their machines are and exactly what is happening. When these operations want to move towards the high performer quartile they have lots of high quality data but they still need to break their silos and perform short interval, integrated planning and scheduling.

2. Management first. Traditional management operating system (MOS) consultants have done huge numbers of projects with miners getting them to improve their frontline management planning and coordination. Short interval control is a tool often implemented during these projects. However, without an easy to use and integrated frontline planning and short interval control system (most of these consultants still sell spreadsheets and whiteboards) the mature management behaviours they have implemented are very hard to sustain. Operations that use these old fashioned MOS “systems” are very difficult to move into the “High performer” quartile in a sustainable way as the tools often break when the consultants leave.

3. Management and Technology together. The most direct route to the High performer quartile is by integrating mature management practices with mature technology. This way the behaviours of the organisation can be directly supported by and embedded in the way the technology works. Critical to this transition is the use of a fully integrated frontline planning and short interval control system that can connect the enterprise planning systems to the operational technology that runs the mine. Done well this type of project uses mature management consultants to improve management practices while the technologists wire the system together to support mature management behaviours. This approach delivers rapid and sustainable results for much lower cost than option 1 or 2.

Commit Works has been working with some of the largest and the smartest miners in the world to deliver massive production and safety improvements.

Our fully integrated frontline planning, scheduling and short interval control system, Fewzion, has helped miners deliver 25% to 50% improvements in performance in less than 3 months from the start of implementation on site. Many of these sites have sustained their results for over 4 years through successive changes in management and ownership.

To find out more contact us at www.commit.works or call 1300 33 99 46

 

Shift planning software for mining

Shift Planning Software for Mining – All your planning in one place, for everyone

The power of one plan

We all know that knowledge is power. So why keep teams in the dark when it comes to complex operations?

Everyone’s got a job to do

When there are lots of people working on different aspects of a project, although they may be working independently or in different locations, the work of one team affects the work of others.

Poor planning and coordination can lead to costly inefficiencies, mistakes and delays. Conversely, great planning and coordination optimises communication, builds trust and commitment, and has the power to revolutionise productivity.

So, get everyone on the same page using our Shift Planning Software or Mining

An excellent frontline planning system is one that:

  • provides a single, integrated view of what’s planned for everyone on site – daily and weekly
  • shows targets that can be adjusted based on how a project is progressing
  • details the commitments made by each team and shows when those commitments are delivered on
  • is visible to everyone working on a project, in a format that’s easy to use and understand
  • is cloud-based, accessible on mobile and enables real-time updates.

Our Fewzion  – Shift Planning Software does all of this. It replaces spreadsheets and cumbersome IT systems with a single plan. It integrates all your core IT systems, connecting scheduling, planning, maintenance, HR, ERP and site safety. Plans and progress can be seen by everyone – teams, supervisors and managers – in real time. Its “shadow tasks” feature ensures that cross-functional tasks are visible to all teams, so everyone understands the plan and their role in delivering it.

Expect big results

A single, integrated plan revolutionises operations by:

  • enabling collaboration across different project teams
  • empowering frontline workers to set goals, track progress and meet commitments
  • facilitating trust and accountability.

Our clients regularly increase production by over 30% within two months of implementing Fewzion. They attribute their success to better organisation and teamwork.

When your teams are truly committed to delivering scheduled work and can see their results and progress, you boost productivity and strengthen your business. Give your people the gift of the big picture; when everyone sees clearly, they work better together.

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The power of planning

It’s not difficult to understand the connection between poor planning and poor results. A lack of coordination on site due to insufficient planning causes unnecessary delays, wasted time and rework. This leads to compromised production levels and budget setbacks.

Good planning involves commitments from multiple teams to deliver work on time and within allocated budgets. That’s why we at Commit Works developed our Fewzion product: to facilitate and track commitment-based planning.

Proven production increases

How soon after implementing Fewzion can you expect to see production improvements on your operation? You may be surprised: our clients regularly increase production by over 30% within two short months of using Fewzion. They attribute their success to better organisation and teamwork.

Just ask our client Anglo American, who recently posted a 4% year-on-year increase in total production in their first quarter this year. Owing to continuing strong performance at the Moranbah mine and the ramp-up of the Grosvenor mine – both of which use Fewzion software solutions – metallurgical coal increased production by 6% to 5.5-million tonnes.

Anglo American sites in South Africa, Zibulo and Greenside colliers (who also use Fewzion)  improved productivity for the quarter.

Anglo American’s improved performance in Australia and South Africa reinforces the enormous value of powerful planning software.

Overhauling frontline planning and coordination has been the key to breaking through performance barriers and boosting efficiency for our other clients too. Over the past five years, while the market has seen a 21% rise in production, Commit Works clients have stormed ahead with an average 74% improvement in production.

Find out more about Fewzion

Fewzion is a frontline planning system that:

  • provides a single, integrated view of what’s planned for everyone on site – daily and weekly
  • shows targets that can be adjusted based on how a project is progressing
  • details the commitments made by each team, and shows when those commitments are delivered on
  • is visible to everyone working on a project, in a format that’s easy to use and understand
  • is cloud-based, accessible on mobile and enables real-time updates.

 

Ready to see how Fewzion can boost results for your operation? Contact Commit Works today to arrange a demo

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Tamara Chapple

Tamara Chapple: “You don’t need to be one of the boys.”

Tamara Chapple has been in working in mining and resources since 2005 in training and safety roles. She’s the Learning and Development Superintendent for leading global mining group Rio Tinto.

Rio Tinto focuses on finding, mining and processing mineral resources. It recently became the first Australian mining company to become an accredited White Ribbon workplace, for taking active steps in the workplace to stop violence against women.

Why did you choose mining?

I think mining chose me. I have always had an aptitude for organising and getting things done. My background in agriculture provided me with an appreciation of machinery operations and maintenance, and working in environments that did not involve being inside the whole day.  Mining offered me the opportunity to utilise these skills and provided resources to get things done (as long as I could provide the justification).

What is your experience of being a woman working in the mining industry?

I have always worked in environments that favoured my practical and logical nature – mining requires you to be both. You need to be able to be courageous when people are not behaving in an acceptable manner, right from the get-go – and while that may not make you the favourite, it does hold you in good stead for the years to come.

Could you tell us about some challenges you have faced in the resources sector and how you overcame them?

People generally want to know you care and that you know something meaningful about them. While I get that, come Monday morning I am thinking about what needs to be done or hasn’t been done. I am fairly task-orientated, and this, combined with a fairly reserved nature, has me sometimes approaching others more as resources than people. Early on in my career I would set a calendar invite just to make the time to talk to my team members about stuff! Today, while I am not quite as blunt, I do still think to myself after a few minutes of small talk, “Would it be too early to ask about the job I wanted done?”.

I think the notion of life balance is unattainable. Being a mum of four and working a full-time job with a partner who worked roster, I found the constant juggling act of combining school drop-offs, sporting events, meals, my partner’s roster, domestic duties etc., and then being able to flex to job requirements, quite challenging.

I recall making arrangements to run a training session in Emerald on a certain day of the week (I worked in Biloela). My boss called me into his office to see if I could change the date of the session to a day later. I said, “Sure no problem”, but internally I was thinking, “Holy heck”. I had nine different stakeholders (including daycare, what roster was my partner on, who would pick up older kids from school?, would I take my twins with me?, could I get daycare in Emerald? etc.) I had to consult in order to change the training out just by a day. I rarely made time for myself; there wasn’t any time left!

How did I overcome this circumstance? I had to come to terms with not being able to do everything. Life balance implies equal weighting; this is never the case. Family comes first (where it counts) but that doesn’t mean on the day that work may not take the priority.

You can’t beat yourself up about not having everything in order 100% of the time. I weighed up time cleaning and doing chores with time with my family, and family won out. I got some paid help with the house and I walk now most days. Once upon a time, I would not leave work until dark; today I am able to leave my desk without guilt, because I know just the smallest amount of time for me makes me a better mother, wife and worker.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about knowledge. I want people to know the right things to do and how to do them in order to keep themselves and others safe, productive and effective. I don’t want to waste time; I want any training  or process that we do to make sense.

And most of all, I feel deeply about my responsibility to others. If there is something I do or don’t do that could impact on someone’s child’s, son’s, brother’s or mother’s safety, then I must be unrelenting in my efforts.

Any advice to young women starting out?

You don’t need to be one of the boys. Embrace the diversity; its ok to think a little differently to others – this generates ideas and improvements and provides a rounded approach.

Don’t be afraid to try something new. There is never the perfect time to take on a project that makes you feel a little out of your depth or to have a crack at work you may not (yet) know a lot about.

Lastly, don’t forget yourself in the chaos and momentum of life.

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Mining Software

Beyond the downturn: new priorities in Australian mining

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2018 sees the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector in Australia emerging from the downturn and reassessing its approach to the future.

With market conditions improving, confidence has begun to return to the sector but commodity prices are still marked by fluctuation. How should mining companies approach this new era?

These are the key, interrelated ideas around which the future of mining is developing:

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Technology

Commit Works is operating at the nexus of these priorities, delivering software solutions that grow with the industry and facilitate better collaboration on mining operations.

Collaboration

The value of collaboration in mining has gone largely untapped in an industry that’s known for its silos and secrecy.

Mining’s recent tough years taught companies that better cooperation in the workforce is crucial to improving efficiency and productivity, not to mention safety on site.

Collaboration across and outside of the sector is also a rising trend, with the resources industry building relationships with software developers, technical specialists, strategic thinkers and others. The role of diversified knowledge and new perspectives has been recognised in the bid to transform the METS industry and guarantee its future survival.

Innovation

Innovation was a focus for the industry during the downturn, as businesses fought to survive. In the wake of that challenging period, it’s become clear that innovation is now a constant consideration. The world is changing fast, driven by rapid technological advances and volatile markets; “innovation” is the shorthand for all of the ways in which companies can stay relevant and competitive.

Technology

The upswing in the market has meant that more companies can invest in technology – digitisation is now happening across all levels of business. These investments are seeing improvements in equipment capabilities, workforce management, safety and efficiency, as companies benefit from mobile technology, cloud computing, automation, real-time reporting and big data.

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Andrea Brannan

Andrea Brannan: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

Andrea has over seventeen years’ experience in the industry and is currently with Mastermyne as the Finance Manager Compliance & Mastertec.

The Mastermyne Group Ltd is a leading provider of specialist contracting services to coal-producing areas on the east coast of Australia. Over the past 20 years, it has provided services including roadway development, outbye mine services, secondary support, ventilation, longwall installation, conveyor installation, directional drilling, mine operations, access solutions, protective coatings, mining and industrial consumables, and other major mining project requirements.

Why did you choose mining?

Looking back on this now, my reason seems quite naïve: money. But having had over 17 years’ experience in the mining and mining services industry I have received so much more. I quickly learned that no two days are ever really the same. As you are working in an operation that runs 24/7, there are new challenges to face every single day, which means new learnings every single day, and a diverse range of people to interact with every single day. This keeps what many people believe to be a “boring” discipline – accounting – very interesting, challenging and rewarding.

What is your experience of being a woman working in the mining industry?

I can genuinely say mine has been a positive experience. I’m a firm believer in hard work paying off, and as a woman I have had to work harder to prove myself. However, I have been rewarded, as I have accomplished goals and I have risen through the ranks during my career.

Could you tell us about some challenges you have faced in the resources sector and how you overcame them?

During my career, I have been fortunate to work in a variety of fields within the resources sector: mining services, underground and open-cut mining, and a contracting operation. Each has brought its own challenges and all are unique. Learning about each of the operations and how they work was certainly a huge challenge. To do my job well, it was very important to really understand how these operations worked. I achieved this by talking to people and asking questions (the dumb questions) to ensure I understood all aspects of the operation. This interaction (in part) led to building effective working relationships.

The other challenge I faced, which I’m sure any accountant will tell you they encounter, is getting people interested in my work so I could deliver what I needed to. Everyone is busy with their own job and it is sometimes difficult to gain their time and attention and, let’s face it, when you want to talk budgets and costs who can blame them?! This is where I have drawn on the working relationships I’ve formed. I believe relationships work in two ways: what I can do for you and what you can do for me. By providing requested information in an accurate and timely fashion, delivering on what you have promised and working with people, you build solid relationships. These can then be called on when you are needing information.

What are you passionate about?

Delivering on my commitments. Delivering on time and accurately. Being an integral part of the business, helping to shape its financial and operational success. We all have a role to play!

Any advice to young women starting out?

Find what you are passionate about. Your work will never be a chore if you are working in a field you are passionate about and enjoy.

Find yourself a support network, whether it’s other women with whom you can share your experiences, or just someone who knows how the industry works and can give you sound advice.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is how you will truly gain an understanding of the business. It will also help you to build relationships, which I believe is a key fundamental to ensuring a successful and enjoyable career.
In recognition of women’s contributions to the resources sector and to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, Commit Works is publishing a series of interviews with clients and employees this month.

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Néha Singh

Néha Singh: “Technological transformations will make it possible for those with disabilities to do jobs they never thought possible”

Néha Singh is CEO at PACE – Partners in Achieving Change Excellence Inc., a change management coaching firm serving the resources sector internationally. The company’s mission is to empower clients by building capacity for continuous improvement. They specialise in being change agents using the latest tools and tailor their techniques to clients’ unique situations. PACE boasts 30% of Canada’s practising LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ professional consultants and is one of three national organisations qualified to deliver the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument.

Néha lives in Sudbury, Ontario – the mining capital of Canada – with her husband Jake and her dog Thor.

Why did you choose mining?

Mining actually chose me. When I started my career early on, working in the Sudbury area as a software developer, the consulting company I was working for at the time happened to have contracts with Vale and Glencore.

What is your experience of being a woman working in the mining industry?

My experience being a woman working in the mining industry is very positive, and I have found that, more and more, the mining industry focuses on creating initiatives and incentives to encourage more women to join the mining industry. I often find myself surrounded by very few women.

Could you tell us about some challenges you have faced in the resources sector and how you overcame them?

As the CEO of Partners in Achieving Change Excellence, my current challenge is convincing the mines of the immense value and application of our change management services in the transformation happening in the mining sector. With the recent success of Beyond Digital Transformation and the meetings we are having, I do know we are close to overcoming this challenge.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about change and transformation in the mining sector. There is a major transformation underway – and not just transformation from a digital adoption perspective but transformation from a diversified workforce perspective. One of the things that most excites me is the fact that technological transformations will make it possible for those with disabilities to do jobs they never thought possible. For example, you could be sitting in a wheelchair in Thunder Bay operating a scoop in an underground mining operation in Red Lake [over 500 kilometres away].

Any advice to young women starting out?

My advice for all youngsters who are not sure of the field of study they are looking to pursue is to try getting internships etc. in industries you think you would like to be in before jumping into a university program. I am a big believer in hands-on education and you can only know if you are going to like something once you experience it.

In recognition of women’s contributions to the resources sector and to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, Commit Works is publishing a series of interviews with clients and employees this month.

 

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