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Progress Pushes Connected Mine Vision Closer to Reality

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Successful mines depend on circulation – circulation of information. Information is the lifeblood of a mine. People and processes are the arteries through which that lifeblood must course. A vital pulse and unfettered movement are essential to that flow. The healthier the circulation, the more robust a mine’s health becomes.

The mining industry has always had to rely on point solutions to remedy its challenges – one company is sought for modeling software while another might address fleet management or blast optimization. Miners must navigate so many obstacles, the idea of one company addressing every challenge with a life-of-mine solution is practically unheard of.

A life-of-mine solution has long been the holy grail of technology companies. That’s why 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Hexagon Mining and for the mining industry. At HxGN Live 2017 and at mining shows around the globe, we will be communicating the next chapter in our story of smart change.

It’s a story that embodies the journey between what is and what should be. The continued integration of our solutions for slope monitoring, geology, planning, fleet management, collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring move our vision of a connected mine closer to reality.

Successful mines no longer seek partial solutions. In Hexagon Mining, they see a company on the path to one digitally integrated solution that harmonizes data from parts of the mining process that were once separated into silos. They see a company taking a uniquely holistic approach to making analytics and business intelligence universal.

So whether it’s our Collision Avoidance System setting the safety standard for Barrick Gold or Jigsaw and MineSight laying the foundation of integration between planning and operations for Grupo México, Hexagon Mining is turning vision into reality. We are the pulse essential to a healthy mine.

This is the shape of progress. This is shaping smart change.

Regards,
Hélio Samora
President, Hexagon Mining
@Helio_Samora

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A Sneak Peek at What’s in Store at MINExpo

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In a few days, the Hexagon Mining team will be at MINExpo, the Olympics of mining tradeshows. The three-day event (Sept. 26-28), held every four years in Las Vegas, is a unique opportunity to reach a global industry under one roof. Twelve exhibit halls and 74,000 square meters of technology and innovation make for a fiercely competitive environment. Not surprisingly, the clamor to create a lasting, positive impression on attendees is intense.

A memorable message supported by solid solutions is essential for success at these “games.” For Hexagon Mining, that means articulating the meaning and the vision of smart change. Smart change means no longer having to buy one product for mine planning, another product for fleet management and another for safety. It means buying one, integrated solution from one technology company committed to connecting all parts of a mine with products that make sense of data in real time.

Every mine wants to be safer and more productive. Smart change helps mines achieve that goal through the integration of data and processes so people are informed and empowered to make intelligent decisions, no matter their location. We call this the digital mine.

So what are the solutions supporting smart change and the digital mine? Well, if you’re attending MINExpo, I personally invite you to join us at Booth 4133 to find out. In the meantime, here’s a preview of what’s in store:

  • We’ll give you a first look at our Vehicle Intervention System, which takes control of a machine in certain situations if the operator does not react appropriately to a collision avoidance warning.
  • There’s a new look for mine traffic control within Jigsaw’s Jmineops solution, including an integrated GIS mine map.
  • Our flagship high-precision drill solution, J2Drill, will demonstrate new hardness profiling capabilities for rotary and hammer drills.
  • Demos will be available for GeoLogic, a new product that leverages the power of MineSight Implicit Modeler by sequencing surfaces and solids to create an air-tight geological model.
  • We’ll showcase the IBIS-FB, an IDS GeoRadar product that heralds a new era in remote blast vibration monitoring.
  • The latest advances in monitoring solutions, including Leica MultiStations, will be featured.
  • We’ll display a full suite of monitoring solutions that keep underground and surface mines continuously safe and operational – from GPS, Total Station Prism Systems (TPS) and HDS to Georadar and UAS.

Away from the booth, we will present white papers during MINExpo’s education sessions. And we will host a special ceremony to mark the installation of our 25,000th Collision Avoidance System.

The adage “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” does not apply here! By treating MINExpo as our Olympics, Hexagon Mining aims to leave a lasting impression that resonates far beyond the Nevada desert.

Helping create digital mines that are safer and more productive – now that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Hélio Samora
President of Hexagon Mining
@Helio_Samora

helio Hélio Samora is integral to Hexagon Mining’s vision of smart change. Born and raised in Brazil and fluent in English and Spanish, Hélio earned degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial marketing before travelling the Americas, where he has worked for 25 years, helping to start businesses and managing all aspects of global operations. Hélio spent 18 years at PTC (formerly Parametric Technology Corporation) – one of the world’s top 15 independent software companies. He built successful teams, negotiated global deals and managed multi-million-dollar sales channels.

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Shaping The Digital Mine

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The digital mine integrates data and processes, informing and empowering people to make intelligent decisions, no matter their location in a mine. Hexagon’s Mining business is working to achieve the digital mine by connecting planning, operations, and safety in real time.

In a few days, we will present this vision at MineQuest (April 18-22), a five-day user conference that presents the best of our integrated mining technology. Since 1983, our Tucson office has kicked off this annual global event that combines a dynamic mix of workshops, presentations, one-on-one consultation, and live demos. This year’s theme, “Shaping the Digital Mine,” embodies MineQuest’s goal of creating safer, more productive mines.

Addressing this theme will be our own presenters, plus several clients delivering first-hand accounts of our technology in the field. Attendees will hear real-life examples of how Hexagon mining solutions are improving performance, simplifying workflows, protecting mine equipment, and saving lives. Summaries of the presentations and workshops can be found here.

In MineQuest’s tradeshow component, The Zone, we will highlight the integration of our survey and measurement solutions, particularly as they relate to slope monitoring. For the first time, planning, operations, geodetic slope monitoring, surveying, UAV, and radar-based monitoring systems can deliver a holistic view of your mine. Participants will see how these complementary technologies work via demonstrations of engineering/systems specialists, IDS, a deformation monitoring system, GeoMos, and laser-sensor specialist, RIEGL. The always popular Aibotix UAV will be in full flight and employed to capture MineQuest from above.

This is just a glimpse of what MineQuest offers attendees. Mines face exceptional challenges for which exceptional solutions are needed. Through technology, service, and support, we embrace those challenges as our own. MineQuest embodies this partnership and presents exceptional solutions. After Tucson, MineQuest goes on the road.

No matter the location, MineQuest attendees can look forward to seeing the true value of what Hexagon offers – that they no longer need to buy one product for mine planning, another product for fleet management, and another for safety. They instead have the option of an integrated solution from one technology company committed to connecting all parts of a mine with products that make sense of data in real time.

The digital mine represents a safer, more productive future – now that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Hélio Samora
President of Hexagon Mining
@Helio_Samora

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Hélio is integral to Hexagon Mining’s vision of smart change. Born and raised in Brazil, and fluent in English and Spanish, Hélio earned degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial marketing before traveling the Americas for 25 years, helping to start businesses, and managing all aspects of global operations. Hélio spent 18 years at PTC (formerly Parametric Technology Corporation) – one of the world’s top 15 independent software companies. He built successful teams, negotiated global deals, and managed multi-million-dollar sales channels.

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Hexagon Mining Awarded Top Honors from Mining Magazine

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Mining Magazine recently announced the winners of its annual awards, showcasing companies with a steadfast commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship and those that are pushing innovation forward. With 2015 being a particularly difficult year for the industry, this year’s winners were recognized for overcoming challenges presented in the industry and delivering innovative solutions. We’re thrilled to announce that Mining Magazine selected Hexagon Mining’s innovative software HxM Athena as the winner of its software category.

“HxM Athena is a business-intelligence and analytics solution based on attractive synergies with Hexagon Mining, and is set to be the company’s flagship product and a key to its vision for an integrated digital mine. HxM Athena imports, validates, analyzes and stores data from multiple input sources to a single data repository. It then presents the data in dashboard views that are easy to use and understand.”

In short, Hexagon Mining’s newest product addresses the challenge facing all mines – data from multiple sources with no single correlated source of context or relevance. Now that’s shaping smart change.

If you’d like to learn more about HxM Athena, listen to our podcast with product manager Stephen Brown: http://hex.ag/Xykm2

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HxM Athena: Dollars and Sense

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HxM Athena answers the challenge of operational integration throughout the end-to-end business of mining. It connects data, processes and people, improving the entire mining lifecycle from exploration, planning, drilling and blasting, to loading, hauling, stockpiling, processing, and ensuring safety as well as machine health and maintenance. In a centralized location, Athena combines, correlates and displays long and short-term planning with geological and geographical models, fleet management telematics, operations and mine-centric key performance indicators.

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In our latest podcast, Steve Brown discusses how Hexagon Mining’s performance-indicator bundle HxM Athena addresses the challenge facing all mines- data from multiple sources with no single correlated source of context or relevance. Click here to listen now!

Athena enhances all Hexagon Mining technologies, integrating solutions and transforming data into knowledge. Hexagon Mining unites four leading technologies: MineSight, SAFEmine, Leica Jigsaw and SmartMine UG and consolidates these technologies by focusing on integration, synergy and context.

Integration means managing and converging activities within different functions of the mining process. Aligning a massive amount of data requires gathering, funneling, analysing and presenting many disparate sources. Athena means managers no longer need to seek answers or information from a multitude of sources.

However, improving efficiency and driving change requires more than just a few individual parts thrown together in a mix. Innovative operations persistently identify new methods of making the pieces work together to streamline and connect complex business processes to operate smarter. Mines want to understand the story behind the data.

Athena connects data, delivers context to events and processes, and exposes areas for focused improvement. Mines want to measure the effects of execution and workflow events. Being able to integrate mine planning data with fleet management systems information quickly and seamlessly enables operations to design mining plans that reflect reality. Blasting fragmentation distribution directly affects material movement, grade control and processing and recovery. Good blasting practices benefit key areas downstream and effective operations focus on this critical process to maximise value. The ability to see production information in near real time is critical to an agile mine planning process. Mining means engineering the recovery of a resource; it’s not just moving tons. Monitoring material attribution, tracking destination and identifying potential misroutes are central to profitability and efficiency.

Athena empowers miners to tell a story with data via engaging and interactive presentation methods. More than just reporting, or archiving historical data, mines want to know how to improve, what needs to change and where to direct efforts. Athena ensures that in addition to trending and prediction, data is analysed and correlated geographically or spatially, or as business events based on time and context.

Hexagon Mining delivers solutions that cultivate a data-driven culture where tools promote better models and processes as well as safer, more productive operations. By harnessing data from systems across the whole value chain, information becomes knowledge. HxM Athena empowers miners to make dollars and sense- now that’s shaping smart change.

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Stephen Brown, Product Manager – Mobile Maintenance Health Monitoring & Business Analytics
Stephen Brown joined Leica Geosystems Mining in April 2010, as a software engineer for business intelligence in product development. His goal is to unite data with curiosity and businessacumen to solve problems. Prior to joining Leica he was a business and systems analyst in different industries, including banking, finance, space planning and higher education. Since 2002, he has worked with virtually every aspect of the data life cycle and is passionate about data monetization, analytics and visualization. He always asks: “What are you going to do with that data?”
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When Coal Is The Goal

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When coal is the goal, mining enterprises contact Hexagon Mining as a one-stop technology shop for mine planning, safety, and operation technologies.

So when Atrum Coal needed to create a model of its Groundhog Anthracite Project in British Columbia, Canada, it turned to us.

The Groundhog project represents the world’s largest high-grade anthracite deposit, covering 800 square kilometers. Hexagon Mining’s MineSight Implicit Modeler, a sophisticated modelling and reporting technology, proved to be invaluable. It enabled Atrum Coal geologists to rapidly build models and grade shells directly from drillholes, avoiding the need to create anything manually – basically, letting geologists be geologists. Atrum Coal Senior Geologist, Raza Parvez, told us “Implicit Modeler was one of the best things that happened to us.”

And it isn’t Atrum Coal alone; MineSight has made an impression on others in the industry, particularly those mining complex coal.

“MineSight’s got a very long history in the coal business, and one of the primary drivers of the Teck Coal usage has been the development over the last 25 years of the geological modelling component,” says Eric Jensen, Director of Engineering for Canadian coal giant, Teck. “No other packages can touch MineSight. Basically, it’s the only package out there that will model to the accuracy that we need. It’s the only package out there that will address all the issues around complex coal.”

Teck is one of numerous coal producers worldwide that have turned to Hexagon Mining for its traffic safety needs. Ease of use and robust functionality were key components in Teck’s search for a technology standard for vehicle safety across all of its operations. Our collision avoidance technology, SAFEmine, was selected.

“SAFEmine was selected based on its ability to not only detect the proximity of vehicles, but also when they were on a potential collision course, and deliver this information to equipment operators via an intuitive user interface,” says Teck Mining Technology Principal Advisor, Peter Wan, adding “The ability to quickly install systems in visitor vehicles was also a significant benefit.”

Coal producers also turn to us for mine operations technology – from Jigsaw, our mine operations technology for fleet management solutions, to SmartMine UG, the world’s most comprehensive system for managing underground mine processes.

The world’s largest coal miner, Coal India (CIL), has around 400 mines and some 30,000 heavy-duty mining vehicles. A study conducted by CIL showed that a 170-tonne truck sitting idle for 30 minutes cost the company $800 US – double for a 240-tonne truck. With Hexagon Mining’s assistance, CIL has installed a GPS-based coal handling and mining vehicle tracking system to increase output in its major mines and avoid potential losses due to idle fleet.

Empowering coal mining enterprises to improve productivity with one integrated planning, safety and operations technology and make sense of data in real-time – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Hélio Samora

President, Hexagon Mining 

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Hélio is integral to Hexagon Mining’s vision of smart change. Born and raised in Brazil, and fluent in English and Spanish, Hélio earned degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial marketing before travelling the Americas for 25 years, helping to start businesses, and managing all aspects of global operations – from sales and marketing to development and finance.

Hélio began his career at Semco S.A. as a sales engineer before spending seven years at Sisgraph, now a Hexagon-owned business, where he was responsible for sales and pre-sales activities. After Sisgraph, Hélio spent 18 years at PTC (formerly Parametric Technology Corporation) – one of the world’s top 15 independent software companies. He built successful teams, negotiated global deals and managed multi-million-dollar sales channels. Just before joining Hexagon Mining he was Area Vice President for PTC Latin America.

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Hexagon Mining at HxGN LIVE

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HxGN LIVE is a dynamic mix of education, innovation and collaboration. At the heart of all the sessions, presentations and networking is an important principle, a principle we at Hexagon Mining hold dear. It’s about listening to the customer.

While we’re always listening to our customers, HxGN LIVE is where customers can directly influence our technology. Hexagon Mining’s vision of smart change for the industry depends on smart people. We believe that a life-of-mine solution can only be realized by connecting the areas traditionally separated into silos.

Based on that united foundation, we are building the integrated products you need to improve your business. By connecting the technologies integral to mine planning, mine operations and mine safety, we are connecting people. And when that happens, companies become stronger, safer and more productive. For the mining industry now more than ever, that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Hélio Samora
President
Hexagon Mining

Blogger Profile: 

helioHélio Samora was appointed President of Hexagon Mining in February 2015. Born and raised in Brazil, Hélio holds degrees from top universities in Brazil. He began his career at Semco S.A. followed by Sisgraph, now a Hexagon-owned business, and moved eventually to PTC, one of the top 15 independent software companies in the world. He spent 18 years at PTC and just before joining Hexagon Mining he was Area Vice President for PTC Latin America.

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Smart Change Answers a Paradox

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The only guarantee in mining is change. Fluctuations in the economy mean fluctuations for the industry. Companies must manage excess demand in good times and control excess costs when production is down.

Today at the world’s largest mining investment conference, Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, we officially launch the unified Hexagon Mining brand and our bold vision of smart change.

By uniting four great companies, Hexagon Mining aims to be the industry’s other guarantee, the dependable foundation on which mines can build productive futures. The experience and expertise of MineSight, Devex, Leica Geosystems Mining and SAFEmine elevate Hexagon Mining to a unique position. It’s the only company to solve surface and underground challenges by integrating design, planning and operations technologies for safer, more productive mines. It’s also the first to unite the world’s leading software innovators and create an unprecedented portfolio of technologies within the mining industry.

Other companies typically try to solve spot problems with spot technology. Mining companies are faced with an array of vendors that offer partial solutions. Hexagon Mining recognises that smart mines need more than partial solutions. Optimisation and integration are essential for smart mines. Only Hexagon Mining, with its life-of-mine solutions, can offer the competitive edge needed by productive mines. Mine planning, design, fleet and production management, optimisation, fatigue monitoring and collision avoidance are seamlessly linked for a comprehensive flow of data across all operations: a complete solution.

By connecting the best products, capabilities and solutions, Hexagon Mining offers a smarter way to mine. And that’s what Hexagon is all about – reimagining what is possible and delivering new ways to create value. So when it comes to mining, we don’t just imagine bridging the gap between short-term planning and operations, connecting fleet operations with mine planning or making analytics and business intelligence holistic and universal; we are making these solutions a reality.

Empowering mines to take the lead – that’s shaping smart change.

Ola Rollén
President and CEO,
Hexagon
@OlaRollen

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How MineSight Implicit Modeler Can Save You Money

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In this final blog about MineSight Implicit Modeler, I want to illustrate how implicit modeling can save your company money – lots of money.

As explained in earlier blogs, Implicit Modeling can save geologists a lot of time in their daily work, but what happens when data can be interpreted in multiple ways?

The benefit of implicit modeling is that it’s easy to build multiple models based on different theories and see how it affects your profit margin. If it’s high, then you probably want to do more detailed studies prior to beginning a large capital project.

The following (unnamed) project is an example of a mine that was planned and developed on a flawed model, resulting in a significant loss of expected profit when the ore was extracted.

All the geology in the deposit area was dipping to the west and, as per standard drilling practice, holes were drilled that would intercept perpendicular to this trend as much as possible. When the holes were analyzed and displayed on screen, this trend was easy to see in both the geology and the grade:

Fig 1. A long strike view of the deposit from south to north. The blue surfaces are the geological contacts from mapping and drilling data. The drillhole colors are based on the gold grade (blue for low, red for high).

Fig 1. A long strike view of the deposit from south to north. The blue surfaces are the geological contacts from mapping and drilling data. The drillhole colors are based on the gold grade (blue for low, red for high).

Traditional manual modeling was performed on this data to produce ore envelopes for grade interpretation and economic evaluations. This manual modeling took weeks to accomplish, and because the majority of the data fit so well with the westerly dipping trend, it was decided that information relating to the grade trends would be ignored.

In the drill core, it was observed that the gold bearing veins dipped to the east, not the west. It was assumed that these were part of a conjugate set. No one had the time to see what would happen to the shape of the ore envelope using this information because of the pressure on the geologists to produce a model for the feasibility study.

Running the data twice in MineSight Implicit Modeler, however, took minutes and produced two very different sets of results:

 

Fig 2. Cross-sectional views of the deposit using a westerly and easterly dip.

Fig 2. Cross-sectional views of the deposit using a westerly and easterly dip.

A quick “back of the envelope” block model and reserves report shows us that the original model was predicting around 4.8 million ounces of gold or $6.2 billion worth of contained metal. The second interpretation predicted 2.9 million ounces or $3.7 billion worth. That is a pretty significant difference!

At this stage, neither result is necessarily correct, but it might add a level of doubt to the project that leads to more investigation of the deposit prior to committing to a capital project. For the record, it was discovered during mining that the ore was indeed dipping to the east and was contained in en echelon veins due to faulting.

This led to a significant downgrading in the profitability of the operation.

Saving time and money with MineSight Implicit Modeler – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Mark Gabbitus
Product Manager, Operations
MineSight

Guest Blogger Profile:

mark gabbitusMark spent eight years as an exploration and mine geologist, becoming Senior Mine Geologist at Newmont’s Groundrush operations in Australia’s Northern Territory. Mark has since worked in mining software as a technical services manager and regional business development manager. He is now the product manager for MineSight’s Operational products and a senior advisor for Geological products.

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Hexagon Mining and MineSight

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MineSight Chairman and Founder Fred Banfield recently welcomed some of our new Hexagon Mining partners to MineSight’s headquarters in Tucson, AZ. Hexagon Mining President Guilherme Bastos, SAFEmine‘s Peter Stegmaier and Haydn Roberts from Leica Geosystems Mining made the trip. MineSight staff presented Fred a toy drone and a card, we all had lunch and then it was back to work.

It was a modest way to acknowledge the most momentous event in MineSight’s 44-year history – its acquisition by Hexagon. But that’s in keeping with how MineSight has always done business.

MineSight has become the industry leader in developing mine planning and mine modeling software, so joining Hexagon Mining is worthy of some fanfare. Hexagon is the first global technology integrator to build a true mining vertical, with a span of technologies from exploration to operation.

MineSight’s capabilities in planning, scheduling and operational software make this a perfect fit with Hexagon Mining’s other exceptional technologies: fleet management and high-precision guidance from Leica Geosystems Mining, underground asset control from Devex and operational safety from SAFEMine.

(Left to right) Hexagon Mining President Guilherme Bastos,  Peter Stegmaier of SAFEmine, MineSight Chairman and Founder Fred Banfield and Haydn Roberts of Leica Geosystems Mining at the MineSight acquisition celebration in Tucson.

(Left to right) Hexagon Mining President Guilherme Bastos, Peter Stegmaier of SAFEmine, MineSight Chairman and Founder Fred Banfield and Haydn Roberts of Leica Geosystems Mining at the MineSight acquisition celebration in Tucson.

Hexagon Mining comprises more than 700 employees, each of whom is solely focused on the design, planning and daily operational requirements of the mine.

How does MineSight fit into the picture? Our products are used to explore, model, design, schedule and operate.

MineSight offers geologic interpretation and analysis for drillholes and topography surfaces. We then build a model – an accurate, reliable model is the key to the mining process. A mistake here can cost millions. All the characteristics we need for evaluating the mine are included – rock type, hardness, grades, alteration – any characteristics we can measure in a drillhole or interpret from drillholes and other samples. These may include old underground workings, downhole geophysics or surfaces samples. All this collected and measured data is used to build a model that can be used downstream in the design and scheduling and operations phase.

Next we need to design the mine. There are many options here – underground or open pit – size of the ultimate design, intermediate design phases. Economics is crucial; sizing involves capital expenditure and operating expense decisions. Fleet and equipment size are influenced by the mine design and vice versa. MineSight has tools to design, but good engineering is still absolutely essential at this stage.

Now we have a model and a design, the next critical step is scheduling the operation. At the feasibility level, we’re concerned about a long-term schedule that can be as much as 20 years. And usually we’re trying to maximize the operations NPV. Once the mine is up and operating, we’re providing tools for medium- and short-term scheduling, where operations considerations (equipment, access) become driving forces. We have solutions for all the scheduling needs of a mine, down to detailed, day-to-day, activity-based scheduling.

Operations are where the money is made on a daily basis. We offer solutions for grade control (what material to dig and where to send it), drill and blast (optimizing fragmentation to minimize energy cost in the mill) and reconciliation (so we know what happened and how to correct it when things go wrong). MineSight’s operations solutions are where we intersect with our new partners. We are pushing and pulling all sorts of data to and from FMS, DFMS and monitoring systems. The ultimate destination is a centralized data warehouse, with BI/BA dashboards to display what is going on. For clients, that means a vital window on operational costs and production goals, helping them save time and money unfettered by spreadsheets and speculation.

Helping to establish Hexagon Mining as a formidable force in the industry – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

John Davies
President
MineSight

Guest Blogger Profile:

john daviesMineSight President John Davies has more than 35 years’ experience in the application of computer techniques in geo-modeling and mining. He started his career in exploration in Canada, spent nine years working for a large Canadian mining company and has been with MineSight for 28 years. He has been company president since 2005.

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