Bruce McDonald, Encom's General Manager, arrived on a late flight from Australia and took precious time out to stop at our Vancouver office. He promised me more information about Encom so I can bring to you the best about new software for mining. What is Encom, you may ask. Here is their history:

Encom was founded in 1984 by David Pratt and Ian Grierson. During the early 1980s most exploration software enquired large and expensive mainframe computers to operate. Dave and Ian recognized that the evolving field of personal computing would have an increasing effect on the way people work. Their first goal for Encom was to develop a range of exploration software programs which would run on less expensive microcomputers. During the 1980s, the business expanded from this original focus to encompass geophysical consulting and data services. In 2006, following a merger with Perth company Meridian GIS, Encom's geospatial software applications were integrated with the Compass Enterprise geospatial data management solution enabling provision of experienced GIS and data management services. Encom is now a leading innovator and major supplier of specialist software, data and services to the petroleum and mineral exploration industries in Australia and many other parts of the world. Encom employs more than 40 people in offices in Sydney, Gosford, Melbourne, Perth and London. Encom is a long-term MapInfo strategic partner, with a network of over 60 resellers worldwide and GIS customers in 100 countries.

So impressed I was that I went to their download button and found a program called Noddy. Those of the younger generation who were brought up on Enid Blyton recall the character Noddy with delight. He is politically incorrect in North America and I never could find Noddy books for my kids. I brought one back from Lima, Peru, but it was in Spanish; my grandsons enjoyed the pictures, but being mid-westerners, laughed at the idea of so strange a language.

If you’d like to download the Noddy software and the many other Encom software, please go to this link.