Kumba Iron Ore developed an integrated environmental monitoring data management system for the Kolomela Mine in Postmasburg, South Africa. The ZAR 1 million project saves time by providing a one-stop shop for environmental monitoring data, such as water quality and quantity, dust fall-out, particulate level, noise, biodiversity, and rehabilitation and closure liabilities.
Results from the stand-alone monitoring programs could be compared using geospatial references. Building on the MicroStation platform for cadastral and survey data, Kumba added Bentley Map as the source for GIS-related features. Bentley Geo Web Publisher was implemented to share geospatial and attribute data with other departments. An innovative handheld unit allows field data to be captured and automatically downloaded when the unit is docked, eliminating human error during data transfer.
The web reporting services enable management to view captured data, monitor the effect on the environment, and determine compliance with applicable laws. This allows proactive response to and control of environmental situations as they arise. Using the GIS tool to build an integrated Mine Closure Plan allows Kumba Iron Ore to track progress on managing closure liabilities and rehabilitation projects. The system saves significant time and money during audits, reviews, queries, and investigations.
The innovative technology applied to this project met the primary goal of biodiversity control while meeting Kumba Iron Ore’s business need to cut costs associated with the customary paper trial. The combination of web development and handheld technology with Bentley’s best-in-class software delivered a solution that will potentially reduce the environmental impact of the mining operation.