Drill Shift Production Tracker for Agile Mining

Shariq Ansari
February 13, 2023
5 mins to read
In order to improve operational productivity, mining companies must take full advantage of data collection opportunities.

Drill shift production tracking is the process of monitoring and recording the production output of a drilling operation during a specific shift. It involves collecting data on factors such as the amount of drilling completed, the speed of drilling, the type of drilling equipment used, and any issues encountered during the shift. This information is used to track the performance of the drilling operation and identify areas for improvement.

  1. Preparation: Prior to the start of each shift, the drilling team should review the drilling plan and gather the necessary equipment and supplies. This is also a good time to identify any potential safety hazards or maintenance needs for the drilling equipment.
  2. Data collection: During the shift, data is consistently collected on various aspects of the drilling operation, including:
  • Recording the drilling progress with respect to the length of the hole drilled.
  • Measuring the rate of penetration or the speed at which the drill bit is moving through the rock.
  • Monitoring the performance of equipment like the drilling rig, hoisting system, and other machines used in the drilling operation.
  • Capturing the issues encountered during the shift, such as stuck drill pipes, broken drill bits, or other equipment failures.
drilling production dashboard on grid app

3. Data analysis: After the shift, all the collected data is analyzed to assess the performance of the drilling operation and identify areas for improvement. This involves:

  • Identifying trends in drilling speed, rate of penetration, and other performance metrics.
  • Analyzing the causes of any issues encountered during the shift and determining ways to prevent similar problems in the future.
  • Comparing the performance of different drilling rigs or drilling methods.

4. Reporting: The results of the drill shift production tracking process are accessed by management and other stakeholders via a reporting system. This involves detailed statistical reports and visualizations that highlight key metrics, trends, and performance improvements.

5. Continual improvement: The drill shift production tracking process should be ongoing and reviewed regularly to ensure that the drilling operation is running smoothly and efficiently. Based on the results of the analysis, improvements may be made to the drilling process, equipment, or training programs to enhance the overall performance of the drilling operation.

In conclusion, drill shift production tracking is an essential tool for ensuring that drilling operations are productive and profitable. By sticking to them, companies can identify efficiency gaps and take corrective action to prevent further losses, and thus make their operations leaner. Grid is a mining operations management platform that automates your entire inspection process, with expert-tested templates that can be set up in hours on all your devices without any code. Make the switch to digital checklists and see the benefits firsthand!

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Shariq Ansari
Digital Marketeer
“Using Grid to track drill program progress and day to day expenditures has allowed VR Resources to make better decisions more quickly. The highly customizable and elegant interface allows me to track and manage all aspects of our field work and it’s clear after just a few weeks that the possibilities are nearly endless. Cost tracking estimates were consistently within expected variance of invoices received giving me further confidence in managing agile drill programs. Further the development team and customer support have been top notch!”
Justin J. Daley
PGeo, MSc, Vice President Exploration
VR Resources
VR Resources
“Grid has been extremely helpful in changing the course of multiple operations, here at U-Solar. We started with one module for Materials Management, and have now adopted Grid for 3-4 more processes, all of which have been smooth and quick to implement.”
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