RESPECTED rock mechanics engineer Peter Mikula welcomed aerospace engineering PhD Charles Lilley to the Ground Support 2013 stage with an optimistic aside. “Maybe we’ll get the fastest [rock] bolt we’ve ever seen”. Lilley suggested he and the team at Beck Engineering had something more valuable.
QUALITY data is still the key to valuable predictive studies, but current numerical modelling technology and methodology is proving accurate and more than useful in critical ground support validation and assessment work, as shown again by Itasca at the Henderson molybdenum mine in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
WE ARE moving ever closer to a totally connected world, a state that some are calling “the Internet of Things”. It’s a world in which more and more inanimate objects are fitted with sensors that feed data onto networks. This rising flood of data is part of the Big Data phenomenon, and it’s increasingly being seen as a source of vital information that will enable companies to gain new insights into the way their businesses work, so improving performance through better decision-making.
MAY 20: Australian mining technology and services firm RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has released the latest version of its TALPAC mine modelling software, TALPAC 10.2.1, and says it is committed to ongoing development of the product.
MAY 20: Presentations by Mintec’s Toronto-branch manager, Richard Moffett at the CIM mining conference earlier this month have helped boost interest in the software developer’s MineSight Implicit Modeler product.
MAY 17: CANADIAN simulator training technology giant CAE booked $C2104.5 million of revenue for the year ended March 31, 2013, up 16% from $1821.2 million in FY12, with the ‘core new markets’ division (including mining software) contributing more than the $100 million targeted for the year.
LONG-TIME Austmine member Micromine will use next week’s Austmine International Exhibition and Convention in Western Australia to preview its flagship Micromine 2013 software.
MAY 15: MINNG technology and services company Maptek has committed to Gold level sponsorship of the 36th APCOM symposium, the major biannual mineral industry computing and operational research event, to be held in Brazil for the first time in November this year.
BENTLEY Systems says it has integrated the former Ivara EXP Enterprise software into its product development process and systems architecture, and positioned the asset performance management software to fully tap emerging mobility apps, with the newly released AssetWise Ivara Performance Management 7.0.
IN THE middle of a hectic new product launch schedule, Mintec says next month’s release of MineSight Atlas is a real highlight. The manual scheduling and stockpile management package could “reshape the world of short-term planning”, according to its developer.
AUSTRALIAN mining simulator developer Immersive Technologies has had a significant breakthrough in Russia with the sale of a UG360-B underground equipment operator training simulator to Norilsk Nickel.
ITASCA is urging those with an interest in the increasing usefulness of high-powered numerical modelling in solving a broad spectrum of engineering problems to get themselves to China in October; Hangzhou to be more precise. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Hexagon has chosen a more conventional venue for its international conference in June. Viva Las Vegas!
XSTRATA, Peabody and Grange Resources are among the early users of a new electronic whiteboard software application from Sundial Technologies.
AUSTRALIA’S Maptek has strengthened its links with one of the USA’s major mining schools with the creation of the $A280,000 Ziggy Hladysz Maptek Endowment.
RESOURCE estimation and geostatistics expert Mohan Srivastava will this month deliver two geostatistics workshops in Indonesia, one minerals focused and the other coal, in events organised by Australian mining software and consultancy group Micromine in association with Mining Media International.
USING technology to identify “massive annual savings through improved load and spot times” has earned Cliffs Natural Resources an acknowledgment from one of its suppliers – a real win-win for the miner.
ENERGY and mining software developer ISS Group (ASX:ISS) remains confident of converting “significant opportunities" in key regional markets into sales over the balance of FY13 after lifting revenues 8% year-on-year in the nine months to March 31.
ITS XRock Automation JV, emerging-market focus and possible acquisitions constitute the ‘X’ factor for ASX-listed XRF Scientific, but after a strong first half the short-term growth prospects for the company have dimmed along with mining’s exploration and capital spending hopes, according to Micro Equities.
MINING software company Mintec is happy to have its first MineQuest event done and dusted for 2013, but even happier clients have walked away acknowledging it is moving in the right direction with its product development.
MINING in Australia is “on the cusp of a major generational change” where smart technology and big data could help deliver productivity gains in an ever more challenging environment, according to leading research scientists.