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Mining Maintenance



Mining Maintenance


Madagascar-based mining operation needed to reduce downtime and increase throughput.


  •  Improve mine throughput through higher equipment availability.


  • Improved wet plant running time by 23%.
  • Increased throughput by 62%.
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Case Study

Reduce Excessive Downtime & Increase Throughput


A Madagascar-based mining operation needed to reduce downtime and increase throughput.

Highland Approach

The Highland Group conducted an analysis of the operation and identified several factors contributing to low production, including: error in initial equipment design, low skill level preventing proper rigor and focus on the engineering process, Maintenance operating in firefighting mode, low spare parts availability, and a language barrier. 

Actions Taken

  • Developed and implemented a formalized decision tool that reduced the maintenance notification backlog by 60%.
  • Assessed and improved inspection routines.
  • Conducted on-the-ground coaching.
  • Developed a two-year training program.
  • Developed a downtime analysis tool and involved Production teams in the investigation and reduction of downtime.
  • Defined and initiated critical inventory adjustments.
  • Developed and implemented and Operations dashboard.

Increased throughput by


by increasing equipment availability by 23%

Related Information


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Director of Operations

Mining & Metals

Collin is a senior operations executive with 24 years of experience, including Mining & Metals performance improvement projects that convert strategic intent into deliverable actions. An enthusiastic team leader and player who believes in consensus building and participative decision-making, Collin’s recent work has spanned the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Jamaica, Indonesia, Madagascar, North Africa, West Africa and South Africa.

Project Director

Working Capital

Hamid has over 20 years of experience as a management consultant. He has a wealth of experience in process and operational improvements, corporate strategic planning, development and deployment, global sourcing, supply chain management as well as working capital improvement experience (A/R, A/P, Contract & Vendor Management, Inventory, MRO/Materials & Supplies).

Project Director


Sean is an executive with more than 17 years of experience in operational management, process improvement, cost reduction, revenue enhancement and consulting in multiple industries, including mining. He has participated in several operational engagements in the mining sector worldwide.