Why are Mining Software Key in Mining Projects

September 24, 2021
Mohamed Zaki

Mohamed Zaki

Mohamed Zaki is a Marketing specialist at Promine. He has an undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering CO-OP from McGill University. With an opportunity to do 3 research studies with excellent professors from McGill University and experience in open-pit mining, he developed an interest in analyzing data using powerful programs. Upon joining the Promine team, Mohamed worked as a Quality Assurance & Support Specialist, then obtained a position as a Sales Specialist. A few months later, he took the role of a Marketing Specialist in which he currently operates to promote the professional image and products of Promine Company.

Mining software provides mining companies with fast, efficient, cost-effective tools in order to manage operations and mine design plans. With technology connecting the world together and making it easy for professionals to communicate their ideas, mining software companies are under constant pressure to develop new tools to meet the new industry standards. 

Some aspects are crucial to ensure the success of a mine. These aspects include visualization, modeling, design and planning, and database management. Mining software are therefore constantly providing tools to meet these aspects. In some cases, mining software companies will optimize each one of these aspects to fit the specific mine’s needs. The most popular mining software packages rely on database management, CAD functionality for the design aspect, and other functionalities to develop short- and long-term plans. 

An important factor that ranks a mining software is its capability of displaying 3D objects. As the mining industry is constantly promoting the safety of its employees and with the rise of technology, mining companies want a 3D visualization tool to extract more ore, decrease extracted stopes dilution, calculate accurate tonnages of stockpiles, and much more. 

Another important feature of why mining software is important to consider and to implement in a mining company is the use of algorithms. Using algorithms can help optimize stopes, model a block model with accurate grades and tonnages, perform geostatistics and much more. Essentially, calculations that could take days, weeks or months can be done in a few mins using a mining software. As the mining industry is a fast-paced work environment, professionals want a tool that is efficient and can provide accurate results. 

All these developments requirements and the needs of the mining industry give mining software companies the challenge to outperform and innovate to satisfy the industry. User-friendliness poses a huge factor as well. People don’t necessarily perceive the use of computers the same; so, having a user-friendly software is an essential step to meet the requirements of the mining industry. Also, mining professionals want a tool that’s easy to learn and use, and not waste many hours of training. Therefore, having a user-friendly software can be viewed as an integral part of any mining software. 

Providing users with tools that allow quick and accurate management of their overall mine is why mining software exist. An ideal mining software provides the necessary tools to help drive mining companies forward as efficiently as possible, listens to the mining industry feedback and develops its tools accordingly, and provides its users with a user-friendly interface. 

 

 Reference: 

Kapageridis. (2005, January). The Future of Mine Planning Software – New Tools and Innovations. Researchgate.Net. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/239555634_The_Future_of_Mine_Planning_Software_-_New_Tools_and_Innovations 

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