January 10, 2022
How can scheduling software help me overcome my labor shortage challenges
Around the world, the mining industry is experiencing a significant labor shortage. Demand for talent has outpaced supply and companies have hundreds of positions they just can’t fill. This new reality has severely impacted the industry and its ability to remain competitive. To meet objectives, mining companies are asking themselves key questions such as, “How efficiently are we using our existing workforce?” and “How can we accomplish more with less?” Our AI-powered scheduling software helps address these questions, by enabling a single worker to save a company time and increase operational efficiency.
In this post:
- One worker can quickly build and manage the schedule
- Do the same amount of work with fewer people by using an optimized schedule
- Balance your workforce size against the bottom line
One worker can quickly build and manage the schedule
Mining companies can find efficiency improvements they weren’t aware of by switching from manual scheduling to AI-powered scheduling software. The fact is that spreadsheets, and 1990s scheduling technology like Microsoft Project and Primavera, simply can’t efficiently address the complexity of creating and managing integrated operations schedules. However, DSO/Mine, Actenum’s Decision Support Optimization tool for mining, does exactly that. It enables one worker to quickly build and manage an operational schedule that addresses multiple aspects of mining operations, including core drilling, drill and blast, mucking, load haul dump, dewatering, and other critical activities.
A cloud-based or on-premises solution, Actenum DSO/Mine schedules any type of resource against any type of activity, subject to any type of constraint, and rapidly aligns the sequence of resources and activities with business objectives using the built-in AI-powered optimizer. DSO/Mine simplifies scheduling and eliminates guesswork to significantly improve the efficient use of personnel, equipment, and other resources. It provides immediate clarity on the impact and risks resulting from schedule changes as well as insight into Key Performance Indicators, enabling increased performance.
Do the same amount of work with fewer people by using an optimized schedule
With an optimized schedule, companies can identify the number of workers truly needed at the mine, and what level of productivity may be achieved with fewer workers. Actenum DSO/Mine allows mining companies to rapidly create multiple schedule scenarios and compare them with each other to determine the best way forward. This provides rapid insight into what work may be done with varying workforce sizes and skill mixes.
Balance your workforce size against the bottom line
The most effective businesses find the balance between keeping employees happy and productive while looking out for their bottom line. By having insight into what is happening in the field with DSO/Mine and investigating trade-offs such as workforce size vs. overall productivity, mining companies can determine their optimal workforce size, and obtain significant savings in person days and other unnecessary costs.