Rock Products

JUL 2017

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36 • ROCK products • July 2017 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY DRILLING & BLASTING Mining technology developer Maptek released Vulcan version 10.1, together with Eureka version 4.0. Both are accessed and operated through the Maptek Workbench, offering users the first installment of a continuum of inte- grated technical software applications, data and workflows dedicated to mine planning, measurement and operations. Vulcan has led the field of geological modeling and mine planning for almost 40 years. Vulcan 10.1 features new functionality to streamline design and planning, optimize drilling and blasting, and improve reporting and analysis. Maptek continues to develop Eureka as a dedicated exploration, drilling and geophysical analysis package for visualizing and interrogating 3D spa- tial data associated with mining and exploration projects. Maptek solutions bring together the huge amount of technical and geological data around orebody evaluation, mine planning and design, mining process and performance measurement and monitoring. Delivering reliable infor- mation across the entire mining value chain allows planning and operational decisions to be made with confidence. "A mining operation is a complex environment with many processes, equipment and plans needing to work together for objectives to be met," said General Manager Peter Johnson. "Con- sidering a single technical process or discipline in isolation is missing the point. Integrating our solutions through the Maptek Workbench enables us to develop a holistic mining technical ecosystem that will revolutionize the way mines are planned, operated and measured. Maptek has the advantage of domain knowledge, technical expertise and engineering resources to leverage development of integrated solutions across the spectrum of data that needs to be considered when planning and executing mining operations. "This release marks one more step in our development plan to help oper- ations better manage integrated technical data analysis across their mines," Johnson continued. "Disparate data is rapidly transformed into relevant knowledge which can be applied in a targeted manner for immediate impact on productivity. We've concentrated on automated workflows and optimized algorithms to keep the right informa- tion circulating within the mining cycle, and close the loop between planning, production and results. "The Maptek Technology Roadmap outlines key steps in our technology development plan for the next five years," concluded Johnson. "Customers can be confident that Maptek will embrace emerging technologies and platforms, and explore new ways to enhance the success of our customers' business." The release of Eureka as a Maptek Workbench application allows closer data sharing with Vulcan design and modeling applications. I-Site Studio and BlastLogic will join the suite of appli- cations on Maptek Workbench during 2017, with Evolution to follow. Maptek, Maptek Delivers Vulcan Version 10.1 Boart Longyear launched its new global training program for drilling supervisors, drillers, driller assistants, mechanics, welders, manufacturing and other front-line employees. The training is based on the Australian Resources and Infrastructure Industry training requirements, the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration standards and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety stan- dards, customized for Boart Longyear specific rigs, equipment and tooling. The training includes classroom and on-the-job training, health and safety guidance, standard work procedures, online training and detailed assess- ments for certification of competency. "Safety is our top priority, and we are excited to launch our new training pro- gram globally," said Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Train- ing James Chalmers. "The training incorporates Boart Longyear standards and industry best practices and uses a combination of techniques to ensure understanding and comprehension. This training program is another demonstra- tion of Boart Longyear's commitment to our employees, customers and the com- munities in which we operate." The program includes a drilling-super- visor training course where supervisors are given essential coaching and tools to help them navigate and succeed in their positions. Supervisors lead more than 75 percent of the workforce within Boart Longyear, and their influence in envi- ronment, health, safety and training is critical to employees' and clients' safety and success. From workbook exercises, interactive activities, real-life situational examples and guided discussions, each supervisor is given an opportunity to grow in their position from both an operational and safety perspective. The company's learning management system tracks individual training and competencies and includes more than 20 online training modules on topics such as Hazard and Risk Awareness, Field Level Risk Assessment, Incident Reporting and Investigation, and Dis- tracted Driving. Boart Longyear, Boart Longyear Launches Global Training Program

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