Fewzion is an integrated mine planning software that helps to improve productivity and safety by creating a single plan for everyone on site.

Mine planning software - North America

Commit Works set for North American expansion

The company, which is already providing its integrated frontline scheduling software and real-time tracking solutions to mining operations in Australia and Africa, has opened new offices in Sudbury in Ontario, Canada.

Commit Works chose Sudbury for its vital role as a technology and innovation hub for the global mining industry. With more than a dozen mines within a 250km radius, Sudbury is less than four hours from Toronto, which is home to some of largest mining companies’ headquarters. With the international mining industry undergoing significant technological transformation, Sudbury is poised to become the centre of digital development in mining.

Paul Moynagh, CEO of Commit Works, said that he sees the expansion as an opportunity to create positive impacts abroad, as Commit Works looks to grow its team and recruit North American experts. He commented: “We’re excited to share our journey with some of the brightest minds in technology and mining, and we welcome the opportunity to develop the economy in the area by working with the local community.”

The announcement comes in the wake of two new appointments in the region: Joseph Gladu joins Commit Works as vice president for North America and Derek Polano steps into the role of adoption and results manager.

Moynagh stated: “We’re thrilled to be taking our products to North American clients, and I’m pleased to have Joe and Derek on board to drive that expansion.”

Joseph Gladu will primarily be responsible for growing Commit Works’ business in North America. Moynagh said: “Joe is an expert product evangelist with many years of experience in mining technology. He’s as passionate as we are at Commit Works about helping mining operations achieve improved safety, better adherence to plan and, ultimately, greater shareholder value. His contacts and strong relationships in the industry will be a great asset for us.”

Derek Polano is an experienced business improvement consultant with a specialisation in change management in the mining and industrial sectors. He will be responsible for implementing Commit Works software for clients, integrating it into their work and increasing their usage.

Moynagh commented: “Derek has worked for change management firm PACE and a number of miners in the Sudbury area, so he’s well placed to help Commit Works tap into a thriving mining cluster. We welcome his insight and are excited about the foundations he and Joe will be laying for Commit Works in North America.”

Frontline scheduling - short term interval control

Dead ends on the road to integrated planning and short term interval control

At Commit Works, we’ve spent nearly a decade building and implementing integrated planning and short term interval control (SIC) software to bridge the gap between monthly plans and the work done by frontline teams.

The hours we’ve worked with teams on mine sites have given us a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing operations and the results that they need to achieve. Throughout the years we’ve watched mining companies invest significant amounts of money and time with consultants, software companies and internal teams to develop solutions to this problem – in most cases, they have run into dead ends.

We’ve written this article to share our insights and guide you through the reasons this kind of project often fails to deliver a useful tool to the team at the frontline.

Common approaches

Why are they falling short? Let’s take a look at the three approaches we’ve seen used, which try to build tools for frontline planning and scheduling and short term interval control (SIC) on mine sites around the world.

The MOS consultant approach

Almost every mine we’ve been on has a set of whiteboards, spreadsheets or paper tools for planning, doing, checking and acting on site. Most of the time these were developed and implemented during a Management Operating System (MOS) project.

In one project we recently helped on, the mine had over 65 spreadsheets stitched together with pivot tables and macros. No one on site really knew how all these were supposed to work together and when one thing stopped working the whole system was broken. A massive amount of time was wasted on this operation in pre-planning, planning and lock-in/commitment meetings in the quest for a plan everyone could agree to – and most weeks the plan was wrong within hours of starting.

Spreadsheets and whiteboards developed by MOS specialists, even if they continue to be used on an operation, require considerable manual work in order to keep them going. Their biggest failing, however, is in their inability to produce real cross-functional/integrated planning and scheduling. This is not a safe or reliable way to coordinate a mining operation, and it doesn’t have to be the case.

In-house IT approach

Sometimes, mines or their head offices choose to go it alone, using an internal IT team to build a solution for the sites. Some of these are successful at delivering useful tools to the front line to meet the particular needs of that mining operation.

However, three things are difficult:

  1. The tool is normally very specific to one operation so can’t easily be used on other operations in the group. This means the whole development cost is covered by one site.
  2. In-house projects are often plagued by issues around product design, software integration, scope creep and change management. Many are ultimately left unfinished following changes in organisational structure or redundancies in the company. This is because effective software in this space takes years to get right and many corporate IT departments don’t last that long without change.
  3. To continue to provide value to an operation, certain support infrastructure and people need to be employed. We have heard of mining companies employing customer success and DevOps teams to look after the software they have built in-house. This can last for a while but recently we have seen these teams being disbanded by new leaders looking to save head office costs. In these cases, sites are left with an unsupported system that no one knows how to fix or improve.

Software mashup approach

Often a number of systems are pulled together into an uncomfortable collaboration, or a systems integrator is brought in to create a “system of systems” for work scheduling and production reporting. They might bring planning and Short Interval Control systems with them to implement in the operation, or they may work with a software company to build a customised solution for the specific need.

A recent example in North America saw no less than six software and consulting organisations engaged to collaborate and deliver a planning and Short Term Interval Control solution. They experienced all the integration and “turf war” issues you would expect and, in the end, spent over $14m to deliver something that can now be bought off the shelf from one vendor (us). The team involved in this work were made redundant recently, so the sites have a system without the support they need and the system is, as far as we know, likely to be replaced.

Another angle on this is the “wrong tool forced to work”. For example, it has been suggested by some that “mining is just like maintenance” so you should be able to set up standard jobs in SAP and schedule them using Prometheus to enable frontline planning. Although there have, no doubt, been some successes in plant environments, where the majority of work is maintenance work, it is very hard to get frontline mining teams to use SAP for this kind of planning. You have to look very hard to find a real mining operation where this toolset has been able to provide frontline teams with a shift plan to deliver each shift.

Why is this so hard to get right?

In spite of good intentions, smart people and big budgets, so many projects fail to deliver a long-term solution. Here are some of the reasons why.

Mining is complex and software people seldom understand how mining operations really work

Consider all the moving parts and processes in a mining operation: production, maintenance of equipment, projects, geology, survey, rehab, safety and hazard management, reporting and analysis. And then there are people too: planners, schedulers, coordinators, control room personnel, site supervisors, operators and tradespeople.

Without a comprehensive understanding of how all of these elements fit together, it’s impossible to develop effective software for these people. Our team has spent years consulting, doing “day in the life studies” and coaching supervisors in the field. We understand what they need because we’ve been listening for more than 20 years.

Inadequate feedback from real users

You need to spend a lot of time with users (and care deeply about what they say) in order to build a system that is both powerful and easy to use.

Good software takes a long time to get right and consulting teams charge too much each day to justify having their best consultants help on software development projects. Neither mining companies nor consulting firms are good at software development or support – it’s not core business – so they tend to be expensive and fail to deliver what the site really needs.

Restructuring means short-lived internal software teams

Most internal software teams don’t stay in their roles for long enough to develop, implement and support a system that can achieve effective integrated frontline planning and short term interval control (SIC). Company restructures generally mean that projects are disrupted or the people that built the system will no longer be around or working in the right department to look after what they built.

Too many point solutions

Point solutions concentrate on fixing one specific problem quickly but often fail to connect with other systems. While many mining software suites perform well in their specific areas of influence (such as operational planning, maintenance, reporting, fleet management, safety monitoring, or analytics) there are no other software or technology firms that can provide an end-to-end solution that connects mine plans to all the frontline work that needs to be performed to deliver the plan.

Most of these point solutions are designed the way they are for good reasons, so it can be very hard to get the busy software companies that provide them to adapt their solutions to meet the needs of frontline workers.

There are many solutions available today that support frontline teams – this diagram shows some of the major ones. But note the lack of connection between the various solutions as you proceed from monthly plans through to the detailed work schedules used by crews.

Lack of adoption

To truly get the benefits of planning and Short Interval Control software it’s vital that implementation, change management and adoption of the new system is managed effectively and that ongoing support is available.

What should you do?

So, what is the best approach? Should you pay a software developer or outsourcer to build customised software that works around your mine’s current systems? Or start from scratch with an integrated provider of planning software? Or would a MOS consulting firm give you the spreadsheets you need to streamline the management of your mining operations?

The technology and innovation projects in the above examples have struggled to deliver tools that the crew at the frontline actually use in the way they were intended to be used.

It pays to avoid these kinds of mistakes, but how?

How Commit Works has succeeded where others have failed.

Commit Works is the only provider of a comprehensive, fully integrated frontline planning and scheduling system (Fewzion) that works with a short term interval control (SIC) app and visualisation software (Visual Ops) to give a complete picture of mining operations, every day, every shift.

In developing our Commit Works products, we built a minimum viable product (MVP) of Fewzion for Anglo American’s Moranbah North mine in 2011. We have continued to develop, support and improve it since. We’ve completed successive implementations for other Anglo American, BHP, Glencore, South32, Peabody, Rio Tinto, Mastermyne and Barrick Gold sites over the past six years. Implementations have taken six to 16 weeks to complete and have all delivered significant improvements in production and safety metrics. Crucially, we continue to support each of these sites and regularly release new features (our latest release is version 19.1) so that they get the benefit of the experience we are always building.

From monthly scheduling of personnel and resources all the way through to the most granular task-based details of a single shift, our mining software allows management to see their operations clearly and make better decisions, whilst empowering frontline teams to get the job done more efficiently and safely.

Implementations of our software have helped deliver massive production and safety improvements for some of the world’s largest mining companies. Most recently a site experienced a 45% increase in mucked tonnes per day within weeks of everyone using the system. You too could get these kinds of results.

Want to hear more about our mining software and how we’re making mines work better? Get in touch or watch a video to see how we do it.

 

Mining Software

See Commit Works at Mining Indaba- South Africa

Mahene Benzane, VP Africa Africa Region & Partner and Emelia Chalker, Head of Marketing at Commit Works will be heading to the Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa from Monday, 4th February to Thursday, 7th February.

The 25th Anniversary Mining Indaba event will see the largest amount of investors, mining executives and junior miners from across the globe come together for this leading deal making forum.

Highlights Include:

  • Meet with over 750 investors and dealmakers under one roof
  • Sustainable Development Day – Be a driver of eco-conscious mining. Discuss the role of diversity, inclusion and local communities in the mining sector and discover the newest sustainability-driven innovations
  • Mining 2050 – How can big data, automation, AI and digitalisation increase your efficiency and visibility?
  • Investment Battlefield – Watch as the hottest emerging mining projects pitch against each other to a panel of high-profile investors to be crowned the 2019 champion.
  • Young Leaders Programme – How do you plan to avoid a skills gap? Meet with the young talent eager to start a career in mining.
  • 27 Ministers Confirmed and still growing

Our Commit Works team looks forward to talking about practical digital transformation on your mine operation and welcome the opportunity to meet with customers and prospects.

If you’re interested in how Commit Works can help revolutionise your operation, please contact emelia.chalker@commit.works to schedule a meeting.

Integrated Mine Planning Software

Fragmented frontline mining technology leaves mines short

Seeing the whole: systems that only focus on a segment of your operation can’t deliver top quartile results

Lifting performance and productivity in a mining operation is no small task. Mines are complex, and require an extremely high level of planning, scheduling, coordination and reporting if they’re to run as well as possible.

Across all industries, software companies are promising to transform efficiency levels and boost profits. In mining, the sheer scale of operations can make the task of finding smart, resilient and effective solutions daunting to say the least. Added to this, most mines are already dealing with legacy systems that are failing or limping along with unsatisfactory results.

Investment in technology that delivers results is crucial if mines are to compete and remain profitable – the good news is that technological advances are giving us unprecedented opportunities to improve operations. But not all solutions are created equal.

Consider all the moving parts and processes in a mining operation… production, maintenance of equipment, projects, geology, survey, rehab, safety and hazard management and reporting and analysis. And then there are people too: planners, schedulers, coordinators, control room personnel, site supervisors, operators and tradespeople.

This diagram is an attempt to capture this complexity and the lack of connection between the various solutions available today.

Frontline Planning

Any mining software that hopes to significantly improve the coordination and performance of a mining operation needs to consider all of these parts of the process and make it easier for the people on site to see reality, make plans and execute on them.

While many mining software suites perform well in their specific areas of influence (such as operational planning, maintenance, reporting, fleet management, safety monitoring, or analytics) there are no software or technology firms that can provide an end to end solution that connects mine plans to all the work performed to deliver the plan at the frontline.

So what’s the best approach? Should you pay a software developer or outsourcer to build customised software that works around your mine’s current systems? Or start from scratch with an integrated provider of planning software? Or would a MOS consulting firm do a better job of streamlining the management of your mining operation?

Recent examples have sought to “mash up” a number of the “point solutions” into an integrated whole, kindly assisted by “smartest people in the room” consultants. These “technology / innovation projects” have really struggled to deliver tools that the guys at the frontline actually use, the way they were intended to. Basically, because it’s really hard to get busy software companies to adapt and integrate their solutions to meet this need, change management can be forgotten and at the same time technology and innovation projects seldom have the hard-operational edge they need to deliver results for the site. These issues lead to poor adoption and mean that the expected benefits aren’t delivered.

So, it pays to avoid these kinds of mistakes, but how?

An approach that is paying handsome dividends for those that have invested in it is to ensure that everyone on site has a well-coordinated and easy to understand plan each shift, that this shift plan is visible to everyone (so that they are all on the same page) and that actual results and shift reports can be fed into it to facilitate the plan, do, check, act improvement cycle. This approach is making it possible for mine sites to (for the first time) do effective integrated planning and short interval control. This has resulted in massive improvements in the coordination of work on site, reduces waste and delivers upward of 40% improvements in production or development results.

The only holistic solution – Fewzion Frontline Planning Software

Commit Works is the only software provider of a comprehensive, fully integrated frontline planning and scheduling system (Fewzion) that works with a short interval control app and visualisation software (Visual Ops) to give a complete picture of mining operations, every day, every shift.

From monthly scheduling of personnel and resources all the way through to the most granular task-based details of a single shift, our mining software allows management to see their operations clearly and make better decisions, whilst empowering frontline teams to get the job done more efficiently and safely.

We have delivered massive production and safety improvements for some of the world’s largest mining companies. Our easy-to-use, complete solution has:

  • helped large miners and small contractors to deliver 25 to 50 percent improvements in performance less than three months after implementation on site.
  • And, enabled many mines to sustain their results for over four years, through successive management teams and ownership.

Want to hear more about about our mining software and how we’re making mines work better? Get in touch.

 

Future of Mining Americas

Commit Works takes off for Future of Mining Americas

Delegates from Commit Works will be jetting off to the United States later this month to The Future of Mining Americas conference in Denver, Colorado on 29 and 30 October.

Commit Works’ Director of Global Operations, Terry Henrikson, and Marketing and Communications Manager Emelia Chalker will attend the event, which brings together hundreds of mining professionals from all over the globe.

Last year, our CEO Paul Moynagh spoke at The Future of Mining Australia. At this follow-up event, Terry Henrikson will address attendees on “Creating Trust, Commitment and Sustainable Operational and Safety Results”.

The Future of Mining Americas will connect C-suite, heads and managers of mine operations, METS and support services from top enterprises worldwide to debate and define the current and future mining landscape across the Americas. Presented and curated by Mining Magazine and Mining Journal, the conference includes expert speakers with diverse strategic and operational experience, from project level through to the boardroom.

Our Commit Works team looks forward to learning from other leaders in mining, as well as sharing our insights and success driving improvements in operational performance, communication and safety.

Jhon Ansley - Commit Works COO

John Ansley New COO

Global technology leader John Ansley joins Commit Works as Chief Operating Officer

Leading mining technology company Commit Works announced today that it has appointed John Ansley as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Joining Commit Works is a natural progression for Ansley, who has a deep understanding of the information technology (IT) landscape and a background in chief information officer (CIO) roles across the mining, logistics and pharmaceuticals industries in Australia, the United States, South America, Asia Pacific, Europe and South Africa. As Commit Works COO, he is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work at the leading edge of tech for the mining industry and beyond, as Commit Works pioneers a new standard in frontline planning, short interval control and site visualisation.

“Commit Works products solve the ‘last mile’ of technology, from enterprise systems right down to the tasks within a shift,” Ansley said. “Unlike many IT solutions, Commit Works has a fast return on investment, with a clear and measurable impact on key elements for companies – such as employee engagement, improved planning, and increases in productivity and safety.”

“The Commit Works team is also 100 percent focused on the success of its customers, which makes it a company I’m keen to work with.”

Ansley’s extensive international experience spans a diverse range of industries, and includes chief information officer (CIO) roles, advisory roles, business development, strategic consulting, digital transformation programs, creating new international information communication technology (ICT) organisations, and developing and managing large project teams.

He joins Commit Works at an exciting time, as the company expands in the wake of a strategic investment from Jolimont Global Mining Systems (Jolimont), which will accelerate its growth in Australia and internationally. “The appointment of John Ansley strengthens the Commit Works team in line with Jolimont’s commitment to the growth of the company. Having a world class team enables acceleration of the application of the world leading Commit Works technology, which benefits the industry.” said Lyle Bruce, partner at Jolimont and newly appointed Commit Works board member.

Andy Greig, Commit Works board member (the former President of Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Global Business and founder of Brisbane startup incubator, ACAC Innovation) said, “I am delighted John has joined the team. He is a talented executive with a great experience mix for his new role. He and CEO Paul Moynagh will complement each other very well.”

Commit Works CEO Paul Moynagh said that John would be an important asset for the team: “The breadth of his understanding and expertise will strengthen our business as we continue to develop our products and our reach.”

About Commit Works

Commit Works believes that successful organisations are built by people who make commitments to each other and deliver on them. Doing this consistently improves productivity, builds trust and helps frontline teams to out-plan uncertainty.

Its first product, Fewzion, was developed in collaboration with Anglo American to replace the cluster of whiteboards and spreadsheets traditionally used to prepare shift plans on site. A mobile app allowing real-time tracking of shifts connects to Fewzion, so that progress is regularly measured against plans.

Commit Works again worked with Anglo American to develop their Visual Opsproduct, which improves site safety and productivity. Visual Ops displays the near-real-time location of hazards, people and equipment on an operation. It is integrated with Fewzion as a holistic, easy-to-use solution for frontline teams, instantly synchronising information across devices, so that teams are always on the same page.

These unique innovations have delivered results beyond expectations, creating safer workplaces, streamlining projects, achieving record-breaking tonnages and empowering workers.

www.commit.works

For all sales, partner or media inquiries please contact Emelia Chalker – Marketing and Communications Manager:  emelia.chalker@commit.works (0414 652 637).

Integrated Mine Planning Software

The integrated mine planning system that’s making CIOs sit up and take notice

Traditionally, a great deal of effort and expense has been focused on large enterprise systems (including enterprise resource planning (ERP), human resources, safety, time and attendance, asset management systems, and others).

Though they’re often clunky, many of these traditional systems are very useful at management levels, to ensure the right checks are in place so that processes are followed, and costs are understood for annual, quarterly and monthly reporting by office-based staff.

Unfortunately, many old-style systems are not very useful for an important segment of the working population: the people who work on a shift-by-shift basis. Instead, shift-based work in many industries is managed using a combination of spreadsheets, whiteboards and paperwork – systems that are unwieldy and poorly integrated.

But the time has come – and the technology is now available – to rethink outmoded approaches to managing shift based work.

Closing the gap

Commit Works’ Fewzion product closes the gap between traditional enterprise systems and the shift-based workforce. It is the “last mile” technology that pulls together all of the critical information required to plan, execute, review and follow up on the tasks across a shift, and presents it in a single, comprehensive view.

The old way of managing shifts struggles to cope with variations such as the availability of equipment and people, or linking safety alerts to planned tasks. Fewzion Integrated Mine Planning and Scheduling Software provides a solution that connects to key enterprise systems to ensure that plans reflect who and what is required and available to complete shift tasks, and include visibility of safety tasks or issues.

The result?

Pre-shift meetings become more collaborative and engaging because shift teams have the ability to influence the plan in a constructive way and, constraints and issues are visible up front.

Post-shift reviews become far more meaningful because all teams can review Fewzion reports and these reports provide a complete view of what was achieved, what wasn’t achieved, and why there were variances.

Digital transformation

Companies can also choose to implement the Short Interval Control app that allows staff to view and update tasks in real time. This can be used as both a productivity improvement and for short interval control, allowing supervisors and managers to see if tasks were done in the expected timeframe and what constraints there may have been. The mobile app allows people to add notes, pictures and documents to the tasks that they are working on.

How CIOs benefit from Fewzion

Fewzion Integrated Mine Planning Software is fast to implement and reasonably priced. Chief information officers (CIOs) are seeing:

  • speedy returns on investment (in some cases within weeks)
  • vastly improved engagement of shift supervisors and teams
  • visible commitment to plans
  • increased safety performance
  • great productivity gains.

Ready to shift gears? Get in touch with Commit Works today to discuss how Fewzion can revolutionise your business.

Mining Software - Paul-Moynagh - CEO COmmit Works -

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.”

See complete article here

Paul Moynagh - Commit Works CEO

Paul Moynagh appointed CEO of Commit Works – Fewzion

Commit Works – Fewzion today announced that it has appointed Paul Moynagh as Chief Executive Officer. Co-Founder and current CEO Alex Retzlaff will continue to serve as Chief Technical Officer and Executive Chairman of the Commit Works Board of Directors.

Commit Works is a global leader in frontline planning and short interval control software that empowers high trust, high commitment organisations through the implementation of a commitment system to create and sustain these behaviours.

Former President of Bechtel’s Mining & Metals business and Commit Works board member Andy Greig said that Commit Works is a transformational technology company that has pioneered a new age in frontline work management by making it possible for frontline teams to express and deliver on the commitments they make to each other in daily work plans.

“We are thrilled to have Paul as our CEO. The next five years are going to be extraordinary for the company, and I have no doubt that the greatest impact of Commit Works on the world is yet to come,” he said.

Retzlaff added that he and Moynagh have been on this journey together for over four years.

“Paul’s experience growing the business and working with partners is what we need to take us into the future as we help large organisations out plan uncertainty with our visual work management and short interval control tools. Paul is going to help us take Commit Works – Fewzion to the next level. His passion for delivering results, serving customers at a global scale, and his authentic team player attitude make him the right person for the job,” said Retzlaff.

“I am incredibly excited and honoured to lead the Commit Works team,” said Moynagh. “We have that rare combination of a passionate customer base, leading products, amazingly talented people and momentum in the market. Our company is facilitating the convergence of Information and Operational Technology to fill the gap between Enterprise Resource Planning systems and fleet, SCADA and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. This gap is where supervisors and most employees work and sadly, right now most go to work without a good plan to lead their teams with. Commit Works is changing this for a growing number of the largest organisations on the globe.”

Moynagh is passionate about shaking up the spreadsheets, whiteboards and paper that lean and six sigma consultants have plastered the walls with over the last 30 years. He believes that it is time frontline supervisors and leaders had tools that are both fat finger friendly and drive the right management and leadership behaviours with integrated frontline planning and the plan, do, check, act cycle.

“As we add capabilities for our customers, deepen our enterprise presence, and expand into the cloud, our mission remains unchanged: to help people out plan uncertainty at the frontline of major operations and in doing so help them deliver sustained, reliable production improvements to their shareholders,” Moynagh explained.

Alex Retzlaff will remain actively involved in the company as CTO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He will continue to assist the company by driving the technology agenda and making sure our users have great experiences with the software. Retzlaff has served as Fewzion’s CEO for 4 years and helped conceive of and build the system in collaboration with clients from the ground up.

“We’re just getting started in our journey,” said Retzlaff. “Commit Works has the capability to become the standard for how people know what work to do each day and whether this work is getting done. In helping people with this, we are growing into a globally recognised technology brand. With the company’s scale and success to date, we have the opportunity to broaden our leadership team as we continue to impress customers and to build the company.”

In conjunction with this announcement, Commit Works will host a conference call on Wednesday 7th June with Paul Moynagh. A live audio webcast and replay of the call will be available in the News section of the Commit Works website.

About Commit.Works

Commit Works – Fewzion makes software that helps operations out plan uncertainty by getting all their people working together on the same page. 40% of the world’s largest mining firms use Fewzion to improve production at their operational coal face and to help deliver massive capital projects ahead of schedule and under budget.

Commit Works, Fewzion and Visual Ops are trademarks of Commit Works Systems. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Short Interval Control

Rpm acquires rights To Short Interval Control Software

RungePincockMinarco Limited (ASX: RUL) [RPM] has today entered into an agreement to acquire a copy of the source code and intellectual property rights of the Fewzion Short Interval Control (SIC) and work management software product.

Fewzion is an Australian company headquartered in Newcastle and under the terms of this acquisition RPM has acquired the non-exclusive right to rebrand, commercialise and further develop the Fewzion software.

The Fewzion platform is designed for planning and managing frontline work, it replaces old fashioned spreadsheets, whiteboards and paper based tools with a modern, easy to use integrated management system and short interval control toolkit. This innovative system integrates high-level planning tools and empowers those working on the frontline to plan and track progress to ensure goals are met in a transparent and consistent manner.

The information from the different software applications which operate in a mine (like shift rostering, resource planning, production planning, maintenance scheduling, ancillary tasks and many other activities that a shift supervisor has to think about on a daily basis) are consolidated together into one display.This enables visibility to everyone in an easy to use web application, which provides real time collaboration and results reporting. A shift supervisor can plan their work activities, track performance and take proactive action immediately if their targets are at risk. A number of Fewzion clients have seen immediate increases of over 30% in both production and development productivity as well as delivering their mine construction projects well under time and budget after implementing Fewzion.

Commenting on this acquisition, RPM’s CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said, “The acquisition by RPM of this short interval control solution is a continuation of our drive to provide mining companies with the productivity tools they need to reduce their cost of mining while enabling data to flow freely between applications for the benefit of their users and their mining enterprise at large.”

“The original idea of breaking a shift down into short intervals which can be measured and proactively take actions to achieve better outcomes started in the manufacturing industry back in the 1990’s. SIC is a process for driving production improvements during the shift. Each shift is split into short intervals of time, within which employees use real time data to identify and implement improvement actions. These improvement actions may be countermeasures to ongoing or emerging problems, or they may be actions to improve existing production.”

“In mining SIC is an extension of the daily production meeting. The underlying principle is ‘we cannot change the past; however, we can learn from it to improve the future’. SIC accelerates the pace of improvement and puts more responsibility into the hands of operators and other employees. SIC is very engaging for operational teams, as it provides them with a greater degree of autonomy and responsibility for how equipment runs, and it provides instant feedback through visible and measurable results.”

“Currently most mine supervisors manage SIC using a large whiteboard. Because this process is all manual, they often do not know they have a problem until it is too late and the shift is over. SIC is all about making decisions that drive intra-shift operational changes based on real time information from various systems in the mine, with reference to the original plan. The key goal isn’t just to hit production targets but to increase predictability in production as well as improve overall productivity.”

“We scoured the market to identify the company furthest down the Short Interval Control path (in mining) and with global mining customers such as Anglo American and Glencore already using their software in production it was clear that the team at Fewzion had the premier SIC solution.”

“With the support of the Fewzion team and investment by our development team we expect to build out this SIC application for the benefit of our current and new customers.”

“The RPM Short Interval Control system will be our first web based application which can be sold either as a traditional perpetual license or as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.”

“This acquisition again demonstrates RPM’s continued commitment to the short term planning space. It provides RPM with the software and underlying infrastructure capability to integrate its ultra-short term planning (XECUTE) and maintenance planning (AMT) software into a new SIC platform that takes feeds from many other systems in the mine using its enterprise planning framework.”

Paul Moynagh co-founder and Director of Fewzion said “We have been very impressed with how RPM has continued to invest in innovative software products for the mining industry during the downturn when everyone else has reduced the size of their development teams. The Fewzion product is a logical extension of RPM’s short term production planning, maintenance planning and enterprise planning solutions. We are looking forward to working with Richard and his team to expand both the Fewzion product set and customer installations into the future.”

About RungePincockMinarco:

RungePincockMinarco Limited (ASX: RUL) is the world’s largest publicly traded independent group of mining technical experts, with history stretching back to 1968. We have local expertise in all mining regions and are experienced across all commodities and mining methods.

Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange on 27 May 2008, RungePincockMinarco is a global leader in the provision of advisory consulting, technology and professional development solutions to the mining industry. We have global expertise achieved through our work in over 118 countries and our approach to the business of mining is strongly grounded in economic principles. We operate offices in 18 locations across 12 countries

About Fewzion

Fewzion is an innovative commitment system that helps organisations manage work and resources more effectively across their business. The team at Fewzion believe that successful organizations are built by people, at all levels, who are great at making and keeping commitments to each other. Frontline leaders and supervisors have always been critical for driving improvements in results but sadly they are underserved by most operational software. Fewzion changes this by creating an integrated “commitment system” that helps connect the intentions of management with the work happening across the site each shift.

Inspired by a gap they saw in the management systems used in the mining industry — where work was organised with paper, post-it notes, whiteboard scribbles, and disparate spreadsheets—co-founders Paul Moynagh and Alex Retzlaff were determined to find a better way to improve the way people manage frontline work.

This innovative system integrates high-level planning tools into a single operational plan and empowers those working on the frontline to plan and track their commitments to ensure goals are met in a transparent and consistent manner. All information is made visible across the enterprise on a web application, allowing real time collaboration and visible results. As a consequence, plans can be made at your desk, adapted on the fly, and updated by the team out in the field, so everyone across the enterprise has the information they need when they need it.

Fewzion have offices in Brisbane and Newcastle and support clients (which include Anglo American, Glencore and Joy Global) across the globe.