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Mine Planning and Software

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and mine design software, Micromine 2020, in the last quarter of this... 

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 While the mining sector is mainly focused on old production methods, the economy has changed the market in terms of commodities, labour structure and technology. This has led to the sector being more sensitive to cost and expenditure, which has resulted in the focus on better financial or cost... 

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions
PLANNING PROCESS Correct project control tools manage costs better to ensure that there is no overspending on projects

First factory-fitted payload management system launched

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu and its subsidiary, mining equipment solutions provider MineWare, launched the first factory-fitted payload management system – the Argus PLM – during the bauma 2019 trade fair, held in Germany last month. The Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine... 

First factory-fitted payload management system launched
GROWING DEMAND More than 280 MineWare systems currently support more than 130 surface mining operations throughout South Africa, North and South America and Australasia

Maptek’s Evolution 5 provides intelligent optimisation approach

11th May 2018 Software, hardware and services provider Maptek continues to stamp its ownership on the global mine scheduling market through an intelligent optimisation approach, with the company’s latest milestone, Evolution 5, announced last month. Generating an optimised mine schedule with practical... 

Maptek’s Evolution 5 provides intelligent  optimisation approach
SCHEDULING SOLUTION Maptek’s Evolution 5 delivers an updated interface for scheduling with attributed solids

Integrated mining software championed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 The constant evolution and innovation of technology have prompted mining houses to move away from “disparate” legacy systems and pursue integrated and easy-to-use software tools instead, global consulting and technology company Deswik South Africa MD Ian Lawler tells Mining Weekly. Lawler... 

Integrated mining  software championed
UNIQUE FACET Deswik.Enviro is fully integrated with the rest of the Deswik suite and it enables mining companies to account for the cost of closure when doing a life-of-mine plan

Company continuously enhances core technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) is continuously working on making value-added enhancements to its core technologies, says MMS MD Lourens du Plessis. He says customer feedback plays an important role in how the company’s solutions evolve over time. “By engaging with... 

Company continuously  enhances core technologies
LOURENS DU PLESSIS We are committed to assisting our customers in Africa to remain globally competitive

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners
BOOSTING DEVELOPMENT MICROMINE’s fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, is assisting Mongolian copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi to restart its underground development

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
NEW FRONTIERS The I-Site XR3 laser scanner allows for greater coverage with fewer scans, allowing for the surveying of otherwise out-of-range areas on mine sites

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

More technical skills needed
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Mines are required to continuously innovate how they plan and operate their production systems

Quick turnaround of mining data essential

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 Data-driven mining inherently poses challenges with regard to the planning of mine operations, states mining industry hardware and software supplier Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter. A fast turnaround is essential for efficient and effective mine planning, as there is a narrow window during which... 

Quick turnaround of mining data essential
POSTIVE UPTAKE More than 8 000 Vulcan software licences are used at mines worldwide

Developer boosts focus on mine planning software

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 Continuing exploration challenges in South Africa have led leading provider of innovative software solutions, MICROMINE, to enhance and continue its focus on exploration and three-dimensional (3D) mine planning, which, subsequently, has assisted in boosting the uptake of mining and scheduling... 

Developer boosts focus on mine planning software
PIECE OF MIND The Micromine solution’s data-validation features enable users to ensure that a job has been completed correctly

Adoption of mining technology stressed

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 It is now more important than ever to reap the benefits that mining technology can provide while understanding the science behind the technology to audit results, according to mine software and technology developer Hexagon Mining communications director Neville Judd. The increasing complexity and... 

Adoption of mining technology stressed

Machine-to-machine systems improve mine efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     8th May 2015 Technology-enabling machines that communicate with each other can significantly improve the efficiency of mines’ load and haul operations, says mining advisory and mine design and planning software business Cyest Analytics CEO Andreas Cambitsis. 

Machine-to-machine systems  improve mine efficiency
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IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY Mining load and haul operations were identified by Cyest Analytics and Vodacom Business as presenting the greatest opportunity for time-management improvement

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future

8th May 2015 With commodity prices under pressure, the future of mining depends on accessing real-time information to enable quick management decisions, says project management software company Syspro. 

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future
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PROFITABLE FUTURE In the current price environment mining companies need to focus on high production to spread fixed costs

Productivity  improved through mine design enhancement

8th May 2015 Many existing mines face the dilemma of how to reduce their operating costs while improving productivity in ever more challenging geological and operating conditions, meaning precise mine design becomes the key to project success, says independent technology services company DMT. 

Productivity  improved through mine design enhancement
DEMANDING CONDITIONS South Africa has mining operations with depths exceeding 3 500 m, which has resulted in the development of some of the most modern equipment available worldwide

Ventilation control system enhances mine planning

By: Dylan Slater     8th May 2015 Sweden-based hardware and software automation and control company Gefa System’s Arctic Vent Control system can significantly reduce a mine’s energy consumption by ensuring underground areas are efficiently ventilated, the company says. 

Ventilation control system enhances  mine planning
CONTROLLING VENTILATION The system is decentralised, and can be controlled through a remote control platform

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach

By: Dylan Slater     8th May 2015 Integrating mine planning with mine operations and mine safety into a complete package for a life-of-mine solution is the best way in which mining companies can overcome volatility in the industry, says US-based technology company Hexagon Mining. 

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach
MINE PLANNING SOFTWARE As the mining industry explores and mines more complex deposits, the MineSight software grows accordingly to accommodate the complexities

Information management solutions ensure control of mining operations

8th May 2015 Mining equipment, tools, services and solutions provider Sandvik Mining’s advanced automation solutions can significantly increase mine productivity and safety, while lowering the total cost of asset ownership, the company says. 

Information management solutions ensure control  of mining operations
VEHICLE MONITORING Sandvik’s Equipment Monitoring product provides easy access to data on equipment use and condition

Single technology provider maximises project value

8th May 2015 Simplification of ownership, access to a single technical support helpdesk and streamlined workflows are key advantages of using a single technology provider, says mining hardware and software company Maptek. 

Single technology provider maximises project value
REPORT GENERATION Reports are generated to easily visualise mine progression

Software solution tackles industry challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     9th May 2014 Owing to a difficult and volatile economic climate, compounded by lower commodity prices, bearish forecasts, increasing costs and lower productivity, the mining industry is changing its focus from capital expenditure to operational expenditure to improve profit margins, says industrial software... 

Data management is a critical concern

9th May 2014 Managing data has become a critical concern in the minerals exploration community, according to a global survey report published by software developer Geosoft in November. The report found that there was a growing need for effective data management in the minerals exploration community to attract... 

Mining house standardises budgeting, forecasting and reporting

9th May 2014 An international mining house is taking steps to standardise its budgeting, forecasting and reporting (BFR) processes in one of its metallurgical sectors, using technology and consulting company IBM’s Cognos budget and planning tool – a solution provided by performance management company Cortell... 

Mining house standardises budgeting, forecasting and reporting
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FORESIGHT IBM's Congos budget and planning tool conducts the necessary ‘what if’ planning scenarios that are critical in today's volatile mining environment

Holistic software the future of mining industry – project manager

By: Jonathan Rodin     9th May 2014 South Africa-based mining project management and engineering company DRA Mineral Projects has developed a software solution, Mine Operations Management System (MOMS), which the company believes will revolutionise the mining industry in the next five to ten years. “MOMS enables mining companies to... 

Holistic software the future of mining industry – project manager
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COMMON CHALLENGES The biggest challenge for mining companies is to meet high demand by increasing ore throughput while maintaining quality and reducing costs

Mine software from rock face to port

By: Jonathan Rodin     9th May 2014 With underperforming mining assets impacting on share prices, mining companies are aiming to improve financial returns and boost free cash flow by driving growth through better management across the mining lifecycle, says software developer Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA Africa VP David Osborn. By... 

China-based mine buys software for its copper/ gold mining project

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Mining software and simulation company CAE Mining has sold the latest version of CAE Studio 5D Planner to China Gold. CAE Studio 5D Planner, CAE Mining’s technical software solution for mine planning, will be used at the China Gold-owned Jiama copper/polymetallic mine in the Tibet Autonomous... 

Mine software provided for Mongolian mine engineering students

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Mining technology developer Maptek reports that it has given fourth-year mine engineering students at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, access to opencut and underground mine design, pit optimisation and geostatistical applications through its... 

Software features improve underground mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Global supplier of mining software Geovia continues to enhance its Minex underground software as an engineering tool with input from clients and the mining industry, and it plans to release Minex 6.2 later this year. 

Company expands footprint in Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Global market leader and third-party support company Spinnaker Support signed a strategic partnership with South African distribution company Mantrasys in March. Spinnaker Support will provide a range of advanced technology and enterprise solutions for customers of business management software... 

Demo emphasises the importance of latest technological trends 

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 With different industrial markets being influenced by constant changes in technology, it is crucial for businesses to evolve with technology. 

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