When Coal Is The Goal

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.


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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