SA Govt picks DXC Technology to digitalise MERS

South Australia’s Department for Energy and Mining has selected DXC Technology to deliver a new Mining and Exploration Regulation System (MERS) system that will manage the entire lifecycle of regulation for South Australia’s mineral resources sector.

Phase 1 of the project forms part of an $8 million investment by the South Australian Government to fund the first step in a fully digitised end-to-end exploration and mining regulatory system.

Once complete, the first phase has promised to significantly reduce exploration regulatory approvals’ timelines, the firm said.

DXC will provide its cloud-based solution, using Microsoft Dynamics 365 on Microsoft Azure to deliver an automated digital process that covers exploration, quarrying and mining licensing and lease impact assessment and management through to regulated compliance and royalties’ management.

Additionally, DXC said the digital system would enhance customer experience, create regulatory efficiency, reduce time navigating regulatory processes, and enable industry to focus on resource exploration and economic development.

The firm also said that to support the new project, it will grow its Microsoft capability in South Australia. including offering several new traineeships.

“This project is truly transformational for the mineral resource sector in our state,” said Alex Blood, executive director, Mineral Resources, Department for Energy and Mining, South Australia.

“It will provide potential and existing explorers and miners with the confidence and the tools to make strategic decisions about investing in South Australia, building on our already robust mining sector. The State has global potential for copper, critical minerals and green magnetite.”

Seelan Nayagam, DXC’s president Asia Pacific, added: “As one of the largest independent Dynamics 365 systems integrators in the world, we look forward to leveraging our expertise in Microsoft cloud-based solutions to simplify, modernise and reimagine enterprise applications for the South Australian Government.”