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Heritage technology solving problems for miners

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With heritage and cultural management front and centre for miners, K2fly’s heritage software solution is being picked up by global miners, keen to use technology to overcome some of the operational issues inherent in cultural heritage management.

Chief Commercial Officer at K2fly, Nic Pollock, says that while good leadership on cultural heritage is crucial, siloes and internal systems and processes need to be improved for miners to effectively manage cultural heritage and local community relationships.

“We are seeing organisations expressing a strong and genuine need for better management, transparency and governance.

“But leadership can only do so much if the legacy systems of large and global organisations can’t keep up.

“Miners are traditionally federated and siloed, across different continents and even local teams. There can be many different organisational areas involved in heritage management, from exploration through to the actual heritage team and corporate affairs. Stakeholder relations needs to be baked into everything.

“You can only all work towards the goal of creating better and more successful community agreements if all parties across the organisation are effectively co-ordinating activities and sharing information. That’s the aspect that has often fallen down.”

K2fly’s heritage solution, based on the Infoscope platform, was developed nearly 8 years ago to specifically answer the needs of miners and indigenous community agreements.

The solution creates a single source of truth within organisations for heritage information, improving visibility between teams, record keeping, compliance tracking and reporting. By better managing the day-to-day operational issues around heritage, miners can avoid minor mistakes or communication breakdowns that can lead to much larger issues.

“We’re really passionate about this space,” said Pollock, “which is why the Infoscope software exists. It was developed specifically to improve the outcomes for both parties, and it’s gratifying to see this technology starting to get the pick-up as miners look to quickly implement real solutions and protect their social license to operate.

“We’ve also extended the software to cover Land Access and Disturbance, so an organisation can connect even more activities that impact heritage management within the one cohesive system.

“This is how technology can provide a solution that has real world impact for people, relationships and communities. We’re very proud of it and consider it one of the stars of our solutions portfolio.”

As well as heritage management, K2fly also offers global tier 1 and tier 2 clients solutions covering resource inventory, tailings, rehab, land access and ground disturbance.

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