Workin in a Coal Mine

Actually for a Coal Mine. Grande Cache Coal to be exact. I did some work in 2011 to develop an EDI system to help with the release of the Trains from the mine. This time it has been to help with the production reporting within the mine and for Logistics. The objective was to replace a number of ad-hoc reporting mechanisms with a reporting systems integrated with the Production monitoring and reporting systems in the mine and the ERP that reports and accounts for things. If you are in this business you will have an idea of what I am talking about. Otherwise this will be all greek.

Grande Cache has two operations going on at this time, one is underground, one is on the surface. Why some might question why mine the coal, it is bad for the environment and untimately damaging for the planet. Well it comes down to should this coal be mined? I think this is the important point. Decisions to produce this natural resource over others is a case by case situation. While I can not disclose details of the operation, as I am under contract with them at the moment, I have seen every evidence that this company is doing it in a respectful and considerate manner.

As for the coal, while some of it is used for thermal power generation, this is a byproduct of the operation. A majority of the coal is used for steel production.

My EDI adventure

I have been working for the past few weeks on creating an EDI interface between Grande Cache Coal Corp and CN Railways to speed up the process of getting trains released from the mine (in NW Alberta.) The project is coming along well. We are now waiting for the Translation software to arrive. Then we can get on with the implementation.

Its been a process of analyzing the business processes, collecting information and specifications, getting the coding and the mappings that will work in this case, selecting and purchasing a package to customize. We are now mid-way through and its fun to work with this again. It did not take long for me to pick up the knowledge, that was a few years ago something that I lived on a daily basis.

Now to add the experience to my resume.


My Hawaiian Adventure

Just back from spending 2 months in Hawaii, working on developing a new business with a friend.  The company was HonuBoard ETC LLC.  Two months of work were for not, we have parted ways and I am moving back to working in the Oil Patch in Canada.  I leave Hawaii behind parting with many fond memories of the time I spent there and the friends that I made.

Looking forward to expanding the scope of my sacred site work by adding tours of sacred sites in Hawaii.