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BARRICK Bulyanhulu Gold Mine – System Platform, Road to Digital Transformation for Shaft Galaxy

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BARRICK Bulyanhulu Gold Mine

Conversion of DAS to OI Communication Drivers and Modernisation of 2014 R2 to 2020 R2 System Platform utilising Industrial Graphics (Converted from InTouch Smart Symbols and Graphics), Implemented on a Virtualised Environment in Conjunction with BARRICK IT and making use of Thin Manager and Industrial Thin Clients.



IA Control Solutions entered into discussion with BARRICK Bulyanhulu Gold Mine during November/December 2020 regarding the modernisation of the Shaft System Platform SCADA application running on outdated stand-alone servers. Due to the outdated nature and stand-alone implementation of the System Platform servers and view clients it created an environment where the IT department was not able to effectively support these servers and view client PCs due to their stand-alone and isolated nature. The OT maintenance department was severely challenged to maintain these systems as responsible persons work on rotation basis and when on site are extremely busy.

Business Challenges

The existing OT Server infrastructure was also housed in a non-server friendly environment with no proper access control and protections. By implementing a virtualised environment, the server cluster would be housed within the IT infrastructure resolving this issue. Virtualisation also offered better disaster recovery and backups due to OS Systems, Base Software from System Platform and Galaxy application being maintained on Virtual Servers with redundancies build in.

Access to the Historian Database was not possible via IT Infrastructure to Barrick Management for reporting and analysis’s function. This was due to the OT networks being completely isolated and no access was available from IT systems.


The Solution

A System Integrator Partner was required to co-ordinate, implement, and support a solution where the IT Department could maintain the Server and View Client infrastructure while access to the Historian Database was possible to management and the OT department-maintained control of all OT systems. All of this had to be done in a safe, maintainable/supported and Security conscious manner. This would also be the first time that IT and OT systems would be integrated to this extend at Bulyanhulu Gold Mine and reaping the benefits from the various departments and System Integrator Partner joining their skills to provide a technical stable and future life of mine reliable SCADA System for the underground department.


The Success

The decision was made to Implement AVEVA System Platform on a virtualised environment and replace all view client PCs with Industrial Thin Clients and Thin manager Software. The InTouch HMI Application for System Platform will be redone where all smart symbols and InTouch graphics are converted to Industrial Graphics within the Galaxy. The legacy DAS Communication Drivers should be converted to currently supported OI communication drivers. Upon completion of the project the System Integrator partner should then maintain the System Platform application via a Service Level agreement.

The system design and proposal were finalised and approved during 2021 with implementation started early 2022 and going live in April 2022.

About Barrick

Our mission is to be the world’s most valued gold and copper mining business by finding, developing, and owning the best assets, with the best people, to deliver sustainable returns for our owners and partners.

We are committed to partnering with our host countries and communities to transform their natural resources into tangible benefits and mutual prosperity.

About Barrick

Barrick is a sector-leading gold and copper producer, operating mines and projects in 18 countries in North and South America, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Saudi Arabia.

Our portfolio spans the world’s most prolific gold and copper districts and is focused on high-margin, long-life assets. Our highly diversified workforce is drawn almost entirely from our host nations and equipped with world-class skills.

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