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Timetric survey identifies leading mining software provider for Asia-Pacific

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World Coal,

A recent survey by Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Centre (MIC) has identified GEOVIA’s Surpac and Minex as the two most widely used mining software platforms across mines in Asia-Pacific.

Timetric’s survey investigated the various mining software platforms used at individual mining operations across Asia-Pacific, highlighting the most popular for five main mining processes: ‘geological mapping and block modelling’, ‘surveying’, ‘drill-and-blast’, ‘mine scheduling’ and ‘mine planning’.

In total, over 100 responses were received from mine managers and other senior decision-makers at mines across eight countries, including India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The results highlighted a preference for two of GEOVIA’s software platforms: Surpac and Minex. Surpac dominated nominations in each of the five categories and Minex regularly featuring as one of the top three for each category. Surpac was used by 37% of mines for ‘geological mapping and block modelling’, 30% for ‘mine planning’, 26% for ‘surveying software’ and 24% for both ‘drill-and-blast’ and ‘scheduling software’.

GEOVIA’s Minex platform was the second most-used platform for ‘geological mapping and block modelling’ and ‘mine scheduling’ requirements with 21% and 15% of the sample respectively, supported by a high proportion of coal mines in the sample.

AutoCAD was the second most-used platform for surveying with 17%, followed by Minex. Orica’s SHOTPlus software was nominated closely behind Surpac as the second most-used drill-and-blast software with 21%. MineScape (17%) was slightly ahead of Minex (16%) as the second most-used mine planning software.

“The trends in the types of mining software platforms used across mines in Asia-Pacific point towards a cost-effective use of a single platform over a broad range of commodity sectors and key mine processes. Investments in technologies and their successful implementation will assist companies in remaining competitive within a tough market,” said Nez Guevara, Senior Mining Analyst at Timetric’s MIC.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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