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Conference chairperson, Mike Woodhall, has been in the industry for over 40 years. Mike mentions his passion for mine planning and how he has seen it evolve over the years, with the biggest change being data and technology.

 

Jaco Lotheringen is one of the founders and directors of Ukwazi, the sponsor for the Mine Planning Colloquium 2017. Jaco talks about Ukwazi, that has been active since 2004. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI

 

We spoke to Bruno Abilleira from #Datamine where he has been an employee for nine years. He spoke about a case study that he developed with a client, how to test key aspects of the operation and to also identify the best approach. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI

 

Gary Lane from Vuuma Collaborations talks about mining as a holistic system and the measures used to manage a mine effectively as well as the system that delivers production. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI

 

Dave Capstick, sales director for Hexagon mining, talks to us about his presentation of a case study as a good example of mine planning as well as machine guidance and control. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI #mineplanning

 

We spoke to Theunis Otto, the head of mining at Kumba Iron Ore. He talks about his presentation on spatial compliance to mine planning and why it’s important as well as the benefits that can be drawn from a colloquium of this sort. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI

 

Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, president of SAIMM talks to us about the third Mine Planning Colloquium in 2017. He mentions the current challenges faced in the mining industry and some of the sessions that can be expected from this colloquium that will shed light on the way forward. #MPCSAIMM #UKWAZI

 

We got to talk to Francois Grobler from #GESS. They specialise in liberating engineering data with new technology for usage in practical situations. He gave the audience at the MPC2017 a glimpse of augmented reality. #MPCSAIMM #mineplanning #SAIMM

 

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