MICROMINE recently held a networking event to preview Geobank 2018, the latest version of its market leading geological data management solution. The event was attended by Geologists and Database Administrators who enjoyed a sneak peek of the new features and enhancements in Geobank 2018.
Hosted at the new Beaumonde on the Point function centre in East Perth, the MICROMINE team showcased some of the changes clients can expect in Geobank 2018, the work that has been done to get the product ready for release and also what the plans for the future are.
Welcoming clients to the event was MICROMINE CEO, Claire Tuder. Tuder explained to the group the changes made in the last 18 months of which Geobank is just one part. “We have had a difficult couple of years at MICROMINE due to the mining downturn however, we have weathered the storm and are now in a rebuilding phase across the business with exciting plans for the future.” said Tuder.
Product Strategy Manager for Geobank, Mark Gabbitus, presented on the journey that the Geobank team has been on towards the release of Geobank 2018. The aim has been to regenerate the team, the product and relationships with clients over the last 18 months and has included hiring new developers, QA staff and building out a totally new product management team.
On hand to document the event was Fern Lecuna, a corporate scribe who captures the key messages and emotion of a presentation or discussion in cartoon form. Below is some of Fern’s work from the event.
Howard Addison, GIS and Data Manager at AngloGold Ashanti presented on why AngloGold Ashanti chose Geobank Mobile for field data collection at Sunrise Dam and Tropicana. Addison spoke passionately on how Geobank Mobile lets you log data how you want to, rather than forcing you to log how the database is setup.
Next to present was Dale Harris, Manager – Data at CSA Global in Perth and a strong advocate for the use of structured databases for the management of Geological Information. Harris explained the problems facing the resource industry around data management and what is and what isn’t an appropriate solution. Highlights of the presentation were the discussion on Data Wrangling, a common problem for any data manager regardless of whether they are a consultant or DBA at a small exploration company. It is often common to be handed a hard drive with a mix of Excel files, named the same or with _copy1. This was documented by Fern as:
Dale also discussed what the future looks like for data management for large corporate, mid-tier and junior miners
To conclude the presentations, Mark Gabbitus presented the new features of Geobank 2018 to the group. Key highlights were the focus on reusable objects and usability features in the Graphic Reports. Both features that will improve and enhance the user experience of DBA’s and General Users.
As well as showing the group the new features for Geobank 2018, Gabbitus also explained the discovery process that lead to these features being developed. This included anecdotes from a trip to Russia last year where he had learned from clients how they use Graphic Reports and some of the usability issues that frustrated them, which have all been fixed in Geobank 2018.
Gabbitus also presented the development plan and roadmap for Geobank 2019 and beyond. “The development of Geobank 2019 will build on the strong foundations laid in Geobank 2018 and add new functionality and features for our users” said Gabbitus. “Our 2020 Vision is to build a connected workspace for Geoscientists so that data flows seamlessly from the field to the office and beyond”.
Following the presentations clients were invited to enjoy a few drinks and some canapes overlooking the famous Swan River.
Find out more about Geobank 2018 here.
Photos from the event