Micromine Africa (Pty) Limited Donates Software worth 7 Million USD to the Departments of Mining and Geological Engineering of UMaT

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Ms Karien Louw Taking the Participants through the Training
Ms Kayleigh Cooper Taking the Participants through the Training

Micromine Africa (Pty) Limited, a Company in South Africa has donated a Micromine Educational License to the Departments of Mining and Geological Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology. The Software is to be incorporated into the 3rd year Computer Applications course in mining.  The License was facilitated by ACT-ICT Ghana, ICT Company based in Accra and a Master Distributor for Micromine Africa (Pty) Limited within Ghana. The Educational License is for a seating capacity of 20 students at a time and it is at no cost to the University.  

The Software is the latest version of MICROMINE's exploration and mine design solution called Micromine 2018. It comprises of 10 modules. Micromine is a comprehensive and easy to use exploration and mine design solution, which offers integrated tools for modelling, estimation, design, optimisation and scheduling. Micromine provides users with an in-depth understanding of their projects, so prospective regions can be targeted more accurately, increasing the chance of the success of a user’s project. Miners are provided with interactive and easy-to-use modelling, estimation, and design tools to simplify their day-to-day design and production tasks.

Micromine is a cost effective, easy-to-use yet powerful software package for mining engineers and geologists. Worldwide, more than 2000 mining and exploration companies use MICROMINE’S software to develop and maintain their mining projects on a day-to-day basis.

Group Picture of Trainers and Participants
Group Picture of Trainers and Participants

As part of the donation, a 2-day workshop was organised by Micromine for some Faculty members of the Departments of Mining and Geological Engineering. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Kayleigh Cooper, the Training and Support Consultant of Micromine Africa (Pty) Limited and was supported by Laila Affo Souleymane, an ICT Specialist of ACT - ICT. The workshop which was held in the Mine Planning and Design Laboratory of the Department of Mining Engineering focused on Core Module, Core Plotting, Exploration, Wireframing, Implicit Modelling, Stratigraphic Modelling, Resource Estimation, Pit Optimisation, Mining Module, Surveying Module and Scheduler Model. It is anticipated that MICROMINE will continue to provide training to the trainers at the University at no cost. This is to ensure that the University obtains the maximum value out of the Micromine software solution. The total price of the donated Software is estimated at $7m.

The Head of Department of Mining Engineering, Dr George Agyei on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, expressed the appreciation of the University to Micromine Africa (Pty) Limited for their support and for making this software available for the training of staff and students. According to him this gesture, which is the second initiative of the Department of Mining within two years, will go a long way to increase the capacity and knowledge of both staff and students in their quest to acquaint themselves with new technology in the mining sector.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)

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