BHP Digging For Software To Shift Bottlenecks In Its Coal Mines

BHP is trying to unclog worker congestion during shift changes at its Australian east coast coal mines that delay clocked-on employees starting their jobs and create downstream productivity costs.

The big Australian miner says it's currently taking too long to dial into multiple data sources and systems that are needed “to indicate if a person should or should not be able to access site when they swipe their card at a gate.”

The push comes amid ongoing focus to make mines safe, efficient and productive by minimising downtime, delays and unscheduled stoppages.

That means latency in system access and communications is coming under increased scrutiny when large numbers of miners are on the move in the same way that mass transit gates have to operate quickly to prevent commuter queues forming.