MICROMINE signs another academic agreement in South America

PERTH, AUSTRALIA and BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – 8 January 2013: MICROMINE, the leading provider of intuitive software solutions to the mining and exploration industry, has signed an Academic Agreement with The Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology Minas Gerais (IFMG). IFMG’s Ouro Preto campus has introduced MICROMINE’s exploration and mine design solution, Micromine, within its technical mining courses.

IFMG is Brazil’s first technician education institution to acquire a Micromine license and incorporate the award-winning solution within its course offerings. Micromine will be used to assist students in their understanding of geological modelling, mine design and mine planning.

Amilton Bernardino da Silva Filho, M.Sc, Ouro Preto’s Mining Course Coordinator, comments, “Students’ knowledge of the application will benefit them in their search for employment. Their technical capabilities will differentiate them from other students and make them attractive candidates to future employers”.

Reginato Fernandes, M.Sc, IFMG Professor, Ouro Preto Campus, adds “Greater numbers of companies are utilising software solutions to increase the reliability and safety of mining and
exploration processes. It is therefore necessary that our students graduate with an understanding of these technological tools to ensure they are well-equipped for the workforce”.

MICROMINE Brazil General Manager, Dr Beck Nader, comments “MICROMINE is very pleased to add IFMG to its growing list of Academic Agreements. MICROMINE has extensive involvement with international universities, and our software is becoming increasingly prevalent within Latin American institutions, including The University of Sao Paulo, Federal University of Minas Gerais, and Lutheran University of Brazil”.

“Micromine’s user-friendly interface and intuitive nature makes it the perfect solution for a learning environment. Additionally, the solution’s powerful 3D visualisation capabilities make it a very interesting tool for students”, Dr Nader concludes.

In March 2010, MICROMINE signed an Academic Licence Agreement with the University of Sao Paulo’s (USP) Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering.

Dr Giorgio de Tomi, Director of the Center for Responsible Mining at USP, commented “USP has achieved significant results from the intensive use of Micromine. The solution is utilised in USP’s open pit mine design, mine planning and mining engineering courses, and has been used extensively for research purposes”. “The Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering is very satisfied with the outcome of the partnership between USP and MICROMINE, and the feedback from industry has been extremely positive”.

Dr. Claúdio Lucio Lopes Filho, Professor of Mining at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), comments, “UFMG introduced 10 Micromine licenses within its mining courses in 2010. Due to the success of the courses and the high demand of students to utilise Micromine, UFMG has doubled its licenses to 20”.  “Over the past two years, Micromine has provided outstanding support to the University. We look forward to maintaining this mutually beneficial and important partnership”.

Micromine is a modular solution which allows for the capture, management and interpretation of critical mining and exploration data.

The latest version of Micromine, Micromine 2013, is set for release in the first half of 2013. Micromine 2013 will contain new functionality associated with resource estimation and modelling, pit optimisation, annotation layers and scripting as well as new CAD tools.

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