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Dassault Systèmes which specialises in 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has announced significant updates to its Surpac, GEMS, InSite, Whittle, and MineSched applications targeted at the mining industry. These are modules of the Gemcom Software package which Dassault recently acquired, and which is being rebranded under the name Geovia.

‘With the mining industry facing higher costs and more pressure on commodity prices, it is imperative that they be able to unlock additional efficiencies and economic value from their mining operations,’ said Rick Moignard, CEO, Geovia, Dassault Systèmes. ‘The new and enhanced features that we are announcing today across much of our application portfolio will provide additional tools and functionality for mining professionals to better quantify, plan and manage extraction of their ore bodies.’

The latest version of the geology and mine planning software, Surpac 6.4 will be available in the first quarter of 2013 and will deliver a new integrated Dynamic Shells tool for significant time savings when initially evaluating deposits, and also provide increased memory handling using 64-bit architecture to make it easier and faster to work with extremely large datasets. Additionally, Surpac 6.4 has a new stereoscopic 3D visualisation capability to enhance visualisation, presentations and decision-making, plus many more features to save time and increase efficiency.

GEMS 6.5 (also to be available in the first quarter of 2013) is the latest version of Geovia’s collaborative geology and mine planning application. This version will also deliver the new integrated Dynamic Shells tool for significant time savings when initially evaluating deposits. This release will also provide quicker, more robust Solids/Surface repair, with new functionality reducing solids validation time from days to minutes, and additional features to improve productivity.

InSite 4.2, available later this year, is the mine production management application that records and evaluates data for service, support and production activities from the mine through to saleable product, enabling rapid return on investment. In addition to several new features to provide operations with even more confidence in production data, this version provides updates to the custom reports and analytics module for enhanced performance, along with improved material balance and stockpile management to streamline reconciliation and end-of-month processes.


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