PERTH & JOHANNESBURG - Despite operating in an increasingly challenging economic environment, Micromine Pty Ltd (Micromine) has emerged as one of the few mining and exploration software providers still investing considerably in Research and Development (R&D) and product development in the global mining and exploration industry.

The current economic climate has put financial pressure on both large and small mining operations, both within Africa and Internationally. Combined with below-target production, this trend is becoming an all too familiar picture in mines around the world. The need to effectively manage grade reconciliation and cope with growing skills shortages, have become key issues requiring management by mining companies.

“We are focusing heavily on R&D in these hard times, as innovation is the key to value creation for our clients,” says Micromine CEO, Peter Rossdeutscher. “Our mining solution, PITRAM, in particular can have an immediate positive impact on cash flow management."

Capital expenditure reduction is the one of the first focus points - after safety - for many operating mines which plan to keep their heads above water. “PITRAM’s scalability - not only in functionality and price, but also in its ability to function across a diverse array of communications platforms - has placed it at the forefront of financially viable fleet management solution delivery, for mines of all sizes,” says Rossdeutscher.

“Micromine’s mining solution PITRAM ensures production requirements are met on the back of little or no communications infrastructure," says Rossdeutscher. Examples of the diversity of communication infrastructure include Western Area’s Flying Fox underground Nickel mine in Western Australia, which uses a log sheet based solution; and Barrick Gold’s’ Buzwagi Mine in Tanzania, which has a fully-automated data capture system.

Rossdeutscher explains that PITRAM’s real time or end of shift Management Reports, material movements and personnel KPI’s tracking tools allows mines of all sizes and budgets to manage their sites effectively and productively.

“PITRAM was able to identify mining as the bottleneck at Exxaro’s Glen Douglas dolomite mine in Meyerton, Gauteng. In addressing this, Exxaro introduced an additional mobile crusher to aid in the processing of ore, saving the operation significant amounts of time and money” says Rossdeutscher.

Rossdeutscher continues "With the latest version of PITRAM, we have included a fully scalable solution to minimise upfront cash outlay, thereby enabling both large and small mines to benefit from this cost effective solution. This can easily be upgraded in discrete steps as and when a business expands.”

Most importantly, this scalable approach can be tailored to suit any size mine, meaning that no mine is too small to consider a fleet management system. Through a detailed requirement analysis, Micromine can tailor a solution to suit a broad range of budgets and requirements.

About Micromine

With clients on every continent and 70% of sales derived from overseas markets, Micromine is the leader in providing innovative software solutions to the mining and exploration industry.

Micromine is the only mining software company that provides solutions for the entire mining life cycle. This means that Micromine’s clients can access all of their software solutions through one vendor.

From its inception in Western Australia in 1986, Micromine now services over 3,200 clients in more than 90 countries.

Micromine currently has 15 fully owned and operated offices located in the world’s major mining and exploration countries and is in the process of further expansion.

Company offices are located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.

For more information, please contact:

Honor Dowling
Marketing Manager – Corporate
+61 8 9423 9000