What should we expect with the “gamification” of mine planning?

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This week’s edition of Mining Journal reports on the unveiling of Runge Pincock Minarco‘s yet-to-be-released mine planning tool Xecute at last month’s SAP Mining & Metals Forum in Darmstadt, Germany. Runge’s CEO Mr. Richard Mathews gave the Forum’s attendees¬† a … Continue reading

The entrance of the big boys: The changing landscape of the mine planning software business

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The recent acquisition of Mintec, providers of MineSight, by Hexagon AB of Sweden is the second such entry¬† by a large company into the mine planning software business. This news has caused me to think about what this means for … Continue reading

Software review: Optihaul 2.0

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At last year’s MINExpo, I was given a demo of Optihaul 2.0, which is described by the maker as a short- to medium-term truck and shovel optimization and simulation package. I had never seen this particular package before and I … Continue reading

Challenges of contemporary mining engineering education: Part 1 — General issues

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I recently read an article by Professors H. Sevim and R. Honaker on “Review of the evolution of mining engineering curriculum in the US”, Mining Engineering Vol. 64, No. 10, pp. 27-35 (October 2012). I immediately knew I wanted to … Continue reading