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Mining companies look to data and technology to capitalise on improved market conditions

In 2017, the Australian mining industry experienced a period of strong growth, increased revenue and flat operating costs which all paints a positive picture for Australia’s miners who look set to prosper over the next few years. To capitalise on these improved market conditions, miners are looking to data and technology to further increase efficiencies and improve profit margins. Since the mining downturn miners have invested heavily in the collection, storage and shared access to data and are learning to
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Monthly Top Micromine Support Query

December: Comparing new drillhole assay data with an old block model   QUESTION: I am working on a project which includes a block model and a drillhole database; the drillhole database includes holes (with assays data) that were drilled after the block model was created. I would like to compare the new drillholes’ assay data with the grades of the block model where the drillhole samples intercept the block model. Can a set of ‘pseudo assay’ results (based on the
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Mining software – Design workflow tips

Mining software design workflow tips: workflow enhancements With each new version, Micromine aims to provide users with more intuitive tools for mine planning, design and scheduling. These tools help to simplify everyday tasks and provide a greater understanding of your project. Two of the more popular enhancements in Micromine 2016 are the quick find drillholes and quick find wireframes buttons. In case you don’t know what they do, both buttons sit on the select toolbar and provide users with a
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Micromine setting the standard in Pit Optimisation

The planning and management of an open pit mine is a complex and challenging task, particularly for mines that have extended mine lives. Optimization techniques can be applied to resolve any issues that arise during the mine planning process. Pit optimisation is a vitally important part of the mining process and is often one of the first steps carried out by engineers in open pit mine design. A pit optimisation analysis is conducted to determine the most profitable open pit
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MICROMINE participates in 2nd Canada Mining Mission

Austmine recently held its second Canada Mining Mission where participants embarked on a tour of the Canadian mining landscape including interactive site visits and meetings with some of the most prevalent mining companies in the region. Business Development Manager Dallas Araneda represented MICROMINE on the mission along with representatives from various mining services companies from Canada and Australia. Focusing on gold and nickel operations in and around the Ontario area, the event program consisted of a combination of site visits
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Improved Functionality, Flexibility for Enhanced Micromine Mining Module

MICROMINE has remained a market leader in mining software solutions by regularly releasing new software versions that build upon the strengths of previous versions.  Micromine 2016 is the latest version of MICROMINE’s exploration and 3D mine design solution and includes a host of new features aimed at improved flexibility, functionality and performance. A highlight of this release has been key improvements made to the mining module. Micromine is a market leading exploration and mine design solution which offers integrated tools
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Agile Development Methodology Increases Productivity for Geobank

The agile development method is a common approach used to respond to the unpredictable nature of software development. It is a process that involves an incremental, iterative sequences that optimises the software design and development phase. It allows for continuous improvement of the product in a flexible, team oriented environment where customer satisfaction is the key objective. The process follows a series of “sprints” which are short bursts of development work that are reviewed at regular intervals. The agile method
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How to Improve Efficiencies Through Resource Estimation

Every single major mining project requires an extremely thorough understanding and estimation of the contained resources and reserves. With ever improving technology and cutting-edge mining software solutions, geologists, engineers and upper management can better understand their resources and projects, leading to more accurate, precise and cost-efficient operations. MICROMINE provides industry leading tools for exploration, resource estimation, mine planning and scheduling, to allow stakeholders and managers the ability to maximize their understanding of the project before committing significant resources to exploration
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Mine safety software: improving safety performance in mines

Mine safety software: introduction Micromine (GMP¹) is comprised of exploration and mine design modules designed to provide an in-depth understanding of your projects, so prospective regions can be targeted more accurately, increasing the chance of your project’s success. This allows stakeholders and management to make the best decisions possible for each mining situation at the right times. Micromine provides industry leading tools to increase efficiency in planning, scheduling and automation which in turn allows for a safer operation. With these powerful tools,
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Sliding Productivity and Spiraling Costs: Strategies for Reclaiming Efficiency in the Mining Sector

Starting a new mining venture can provide many benefits, both economically and socially to the region, however, there can be large challenges in making sure the venture is successful. With stakeholders and investors to please strong dependencies on heavy machinery, along with high capital investments and the ability to manage geological and operational data efficiently, ensuring all of these are managed correctly is vital. Thanks to the influx of new mining centric technology, the mining industry is more capable than
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