Clients made the most of their chance to share in MineSight’s pursuit of productivity at MineQuest-Perth last week.
Nearly 40 customers attended the annual seminar at Fremantle’s Esplanade Hotel, June 19-20. With MineSight’s acquisition just days away, Vice President-Technical, Glenn Wylde, opened MineQuest by explaining how MineSight fits into Hexagon and its newly created mining division. He offered an overview of MineSight product development and outlined the role of MineSight’s new partners within Hexagon Mining. Two of those companies – SAFEmine and Leica Geosystems – were in attendance.
“Clients are encouraged, not only because they know that MineSight products and service will be just as good, but because of the potential offered by Hexagon,” said Wylde.
“MineSight has a great opportunity to leverage some of the tools and abilities from the other technologies within the Hexagon group. Whether that means more functionality for our plotting tools, added GIS abilities, or just better interaction with Leica Jigsaw and SAFEmine, the potential for MineSight and Hexagon Mining is huge.”
News of more detailed MineSight product development came in a busy schedule of presentations.
Product Manager-Operations Products, Mark Gabbitus, then presented MineSight Implicit Modeler, which has made huge strides since its release barely a year ago. The latest improvement, added just this week, sees the introduction of true thickness logic, which will make life considerably easier for anyone modeling coal.
Next up were Atlas, Planner and the new unfolding utilities, comprising the Relative Surface Interpolator and Dynamic Unfolding.
MineSight Specialist Verne Vice led the after-lunch presentations, providing tips and tricks to working with MineSight 3D. Fellow Specialist Rohan Anchan presented the new and improved MineSight Reserve, which impressed one client sufficiently that he intends to implement it onsite.
Mark Gabbitus returned to discuss MineSight Performance Manager. MSPM allows you to track key metrics in the drill and blast process, dig rates and truck locations. This allows you to reconcile and improve the blasting and mining process for greater productivity and profit.
MineSight Specialist Andrew Baxter wrapped up Day 1, showing off the new Stope and underground design tools. Combined with Atlas, these tools make MineSight a complete underground solution for any mine’s engineering department.
Over drinks and canapés there was plenty to network about, from the mining industry and software needs to the World Cup and that amazing goal by Aussie striker Tim Cahill!
At least one client is convinced of MineSight’s progress.
“I believe the software has come forward in leaps and bounds,” said Rodney Drown, Kimberley Metals Group Mining Engineer. “It has made my engineering life easier and has provided an informative and robust system to create business strategies for the companies that I have used MineSight with.”
Sub-blocking, creating better grade models with Implicit Modeling and Unfolding, and improvements to MineSight Torque (particularly its compositing functionality) all featured in a busy Day 2.
Principal MineSight Specialist Kristin Trappitt discussed using Value of Information to better define drill programs and improve mine revenue. His talk incorporated using conditional simulation and MineSight Economic Planner to create values for the blocks and then produce an optimized pit.
Rohan Anchan wrapped up the day’s last session with Plotting for Productivity. This included the changes made to plotting within MineSight 3D, which make the process so much easier for users.
“MineQuest Perth produced some excellent questions, requests and feedback,” said Wylde. “It was great to see so many clients there and good to catch up with those who haven’t needed technical support for a while. Thanks to all the clients; to our new partners in the Hexagon family; and to the MineSight staff for presenting such a great MineQuest.”