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Centric partners with SFTP Mining to unlock key mining metrics

SFTP Mining, a Côte d’Ivoire-based mining contractor, has partnered with Centric Mining Systems, part of the Datamine family, to, it says, provide efficient access to key project metrics not only for SFTP but also for its mining clients.

Centric Mining Systems has now been implemented at two SFTP projects, with plans for continued expansion. Further partnerships and integrations are planned, as existing Centric mining clients, including Perseus Mining (part of the fleet at the Sissingue mine pictured here), look to collaborate with their contractors to further access and share data.

“Working with Centric Mining Systems on this project is not only beneficial to SFTP given Centric’s demonstrable track record of success across Africa, but also to the wider contract mining services sector as it continues to develop in Africa,”  Hendrik Kruger, Country Operations Manager at SFTP Mining, says.

Centric’s data collection and management solutions eliminate inaccurate reporting and wasted time. Instead of hours of paperwork, unreliable spreadsheets and uncertainty in data accuracy, Centric helps bring mining operations into the 21st century, the company says.

Chris Novak, CEO of Centric Mining Systems, says: “SFTP knows that productive mines and projects depend on proven solutions that standardise workflows, ensure accountability and improve collaboration. We are confident that Centric will unlock significant value for SFTP Mining by ensuring end-to-end visibility of the entire production process and the ability to adapt faster to changes and opportunities.”

With a focus on health and safety, production metrics, and equipment utilisation, staff at the project site can accurately track and report all production-related activities, anticipate risk and foresee opportunities to enhance performance, Centric says.

Novak added: “In today’s mining industry, access to information is essential to achieve operational excellence. The value of a digital mine lies in the wealth of data available across the value chain and the insight to make decisions that will affect the short-term and long-term future of your business.”

Centric is a global software solution provider that specialises in data acquisition, systems integration, data warehousing, knowledge generation and decision support solutions specific to the mining industry.

Snowden’s Supervisor geostatistics software receives an upgrade

Snowden has released new features and enhancements for its advanced geostatistics software, Supervisor.

Supervisor v8.14 now comes with a new Multivariate Conditional Simulation component that, the company says, allows users to perform conditional sequential gaussian simulation over multiple variables while maintaining complex compositional correlations.

It added: “A feature-rich workflow allows for multiple compositional and gaussian transformation techniques with automated data handling and validation plot generation to ensure robust results for all data types.”

The software also comes with enhancements to its GCoS Grade Tonnage Curves, which can now be displayed at once on the Predicted Grade Tonnage Curve component. Alongside this, the theoretical grade tonnage curve can also now be displayed on the Conditional Simulation Grade Tonnage Curve component.

Other enhancements to Supervisor include the ability for the Conditional Simulation QQ plot to be filtered by domain, and updated help documentation for several components.

In terms of user interface improvements, Datamine listed off “Global Topcut Analysis”, “Contact Analysis” and a “Model Validation stats table” as examples.

Snowden, which was recently acquired by Datamine, says Supervisor helps solve practical geological issues in the shortest possible time, providing geologists with everything they need to optimise resource estimates.

Datamine adds mining consultancy expertise to portfolio with Snowden buy

Datamine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vela Software, has acquired mining consultancy and software business Snowden.

As part of the transaction with Datamine, the Snowden brand will be retained, it said, with the company explaining: “We are dedicated to maintaining consistent high levels of expertise and support that you have come to expect from Snowden.”

Being part of the Datamine group will provide long-term benefits for Snowden, its staff and customers, according to the company. “We will have the opportunity to strengthen and grow our business by leveraging resources including an office network across 20 countries, and deep software expertise.”

Tarrant Elkington, Global Manager, Snowden, said: “Snowden has a proud 33-year history, evolving from a geological consulting company to a diversified advisory consulting, software and training business. This acquisition marks the next step on our growth journey.

“The software expertise and global footprint of Datamine offers tremendous opportunities for the growth of our business and to improve the experience of our clients. For example, we will now be able to offer in-country support to our supervisor clients in South America. And we can easily and cost-effectively expand our consulting business to other countries.

“This is a great day for our business, and our people, and we look forward to exploring the synergies that Datamine offer.”

John Bailey, Executive General Manager at Datamine, said: “We are excited to acquire the Snowden business which aligns closely with our existing offering to the mining industry. Snowden has a strong, expert brand with a wealth of experience and has developed industry-leading products that complement Datamine’s software portfolio.”

Snowden refers to Datamine as the world’s leading provider of technology to seamlessly plan and manage mining operations.

“With operations in 20 countries, Datamine provides solutions spanning exploration, resource modelling, mine planning, operations, logistics and marketing to over 6,000 companies worldwide,” Snowden said.

Supervisor is a complementary solution to Datamine’s existing resource estimation suite, offering a simple intuitive interface and workflow, advanced local and global estimation optimisation functionality and compatibility with all major mine planning software packages.

Reconcilor provides a robust system to identify differences between grade and tonnage estimates, plans and actual mine production. The Reconcilor solution is highly complementary to Datamine’s inventory tracking and metal balancing solutions, with several customers already using the combined systems.

MMC-2019 showcases Morocco mining sector

One of the largest mining events in Morocco, Marrakech Mining Convention (MMC-2019), was recently held, bringing mining ministries, international & national companies, investors, and key industry professionals to the Palais des Congres, Marrakech.

The event, held on April 17-19, had enormous support from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco. It was dedicated to expanding the country’s mining sector, providing knowledge about Morocco’s new mining code, development plans, and standout investment climate, according to Valiant Business Media, the conference organisers.

Over a period of three days, the event witnessed participation of 19 international mining ministries, 90-plus international and national companies, 50-plus renowned speakers, and 400-plus delegates – representing 30-plus countries – all of whom delved into the potential opportunities and growth prospects the mining sector in Morocco has to offer.

The conference included a ministerial/CEO forum, country investment session and panel discussions where emphasis was on several important topics like mining laws & policies, local content development & social acceptability, women in mining, the latest trends in equipment & technology, and transparency in the mining sector.

These sessions featured renowned speakers, think-tanks, government dignitaries, etc. In tandem, a parallel session, “Mining Challenge”, was hosted by the OCP group, the strategic partner for MMC-2019, as a part of its digital transformation and start-up development initiative.

“Alongside the conference, the exhibition at MMC-2019 provided an ideal platform for various international and national companies to display their products and services to the target audience, helping them increase their brand visibility,” Valiant Business Media said. “The event witnessed the presence of a multitude of international and national companies with OCP as Strategic Partner; BKT as Gold Sponsor; JESA & Managem as Silver Sponsors; VIST as Bronze Sponsor; Yantai Huize Mining Engineering Co Ltd, Datamine, Gold Pyramid Group, Maya Gold & Silver  & JK Tyre as Associate Sponsors, along with other big names in the mining industry.”

The Honorary Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, Morocco, along with other international ministers and dignitaries visited the exhibition. The exhibition was concluded with a visit to Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Benguérir mine site by the OCP Group.

Valiant Business Media concluded: “Marrakech Mining Convention culminated with successful business deals, knowledge-exchange and networking sessions in the presence of hundreds of global attendees, giving a boost to Morocco’s mining sector. With the exemplary results from the first edition, the next edition of Marrakech Mining Convention (MMC-2020) is anticipated to be the largest event, not only in Morocco but across the African continent.”

International Mining was a media sponsor for the Marrakech Mining Convention 2019

Datamine to boost short-term planning and operations management offering with Flairbase buy

Datamine has announced the acquisition of Flairbase Inc as it looks to further integrate the company’s Amine short term mine planning suite into its software offering and start global distribution of its SIMS production planning and reporting system.

The deal follows a partnership to distribute the Amine short term mine planning solution (pictured), Datamine said.

Based in Montreal, Canada, Flairbase has been providing its flagship software solutions to customers in the Americas since 1993.

“Amine is an established, world-leading solution for detailed design, short term planning and survey. Its user-friendly visual interface allows you to manage your drawings, design layouts, evaluate resources, work in 3D or with 2D sections, perform automated surveys, and much more,” Datamine said.

The SIMS solution is a mine production management system that keeps track of all mining activities, equipment, locations, people, and consumables, allowing customers to take control of costs and resources. “Real time transparency and reporting provides mine operators with the essential tools to make informed decisions to optimise short term operational performance,” Datamine added.

Dylan Webb, Technology and M&A Director at Datamine, said: “We are excited to further strengthen Datamine’s software portfolio for short-term planning and operations management. Through our previous distribution partnership, we know that Flairbase has a high quality, committed team. We are excited that the entire team, including the founders Gaetan Leonard and James Leung, have decided to stay with the business and work even more closely with Datamine to take the Flairbase technology to our global customer base of more than 2,000 sites.”