Gemcom wins mining magazine award for best mine planning / resource modelling software

VANCOUVER, Canada Gemcom Software International Inc., the largest global supplier of mining software solutions, today announced that Gemcom Minex™ has won the 2011 Mining Magazine Award for best Mine Planning and Resource Modelling software. Minex is part of Gemcom’s geology and mine planning family of products, including award-winning and world-renowned software Gemcom Surpac™ and Gemcom GEMS™. Minex is unique in that it is the only integrated, end-to-end mining software designed specifically for coal and other stratified deposits.

With 12 award categories, the annual Mining Magazine Awards recognise outstanding new technology and equipment in the mining sector. Fellow nominees in Minex’s winning category of Mine Planning/Resource Modelling included Maptek Vulcan 8.1 and Mincom MineScape 5.2.

“On behalf of the team at Mining Magazine, I would like to congratulate Gemcom on winning the Mine Planning/Resource Modelling award for 2011,” stated Carly Lovejoy, editor of Mining Magazine. “This is the first year that the nomination and voting process for the Mining Magazine Awards has been entirely judged by our readers. There were some really excellent products nominated in this category, and the fact that the industry chose Gemcom Minex 6.1 speaks volumes for the customer acceptance and quality of the solution.”

“It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award which further endorses Gemcom’s industry leadership,” said Ben Farquharson, director of Gemcom’s Minex business unit. “I am very proud of everything we have achieved with Minex, and receiving this recognition from the mining industry is a very significant indication of our innovation and dedication to providing the best mine planning and resource modelling software on the market.”

An all-in-one solution, Minex fully integrates all aspects of mining from exploration through to rehabilitation. Its unique seam modelling capabilities ensure that resources are evaluated accurately and mined efficiently, improving productivity and profitability throughout the mining lifecycle. The release of Minex 6.1 in late 2011 brought significant enhancements; most notably it featured a new underground engineering module with reserve calculation, design and scheduling components.

Some of the benefits of Minex include the ability to:

  • Rapidly model large, deep and data-intense coal projects.
  • Visually confirm each stage of the modelling and design process via a 3D design environment, ensuring full confidence in the final model, resources and reserves.
  • Reduce data duplication and errors by eliminating the need to transfer data between multiple types of software.
  • Profit from a lower cost of ownership by reducing training costs and limiting the number of complex software packages users are required to learn.

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About Gemcom

When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to Gemcom for technology and services. The Company is home to world-renowned mining solutions like GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle, and InSite, and to industry thought leaders who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in mining.  Established in 1985, Gemcom has a global reach delivering comprehensive solutions in all major mining centres in more than 130 countries. Every major mining company, including BHP Billiton, Codelco, De Beers, Newmont and Vale is a Gemcom client. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, the Company has become the largest global supplier of mining