Finsch GIS

Petra Diamonds Limited

Lime Acres, South Africa
2012 Be Inspired Award Winner - Innovation in Mining and Metals

Located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, the Finsch mine is operated by majority owner Petra Diamonds, which developed a ZAR 700,000 integrated spatial data management system to manage geospatial data for five departments that were functioning in isolation. The company also co-manages the mining town of Lime Acres, for which the GIS-based system captures data and bills residents for water and electricity usage.

The GIS links spatial data and information scattered in various databases. Survey and plan data are captured and digitized in MicroStation; Bentley Map links features representing the mining lifecycle, town layout, and residential setup; and Bentley Geo Web Publisher makes the geospatial mining and town information accessible to the whole mining group. For billings, the database interrogates the human resources system and automatically sends invoices to residents.

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