February 2011

MineSight Regional Seminar 2010 - Brazil

Guests mixed with some impressive company at the MineSight Regional Seminar in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in November. Lersch and Grossman, Alfred Nobel, and Baron von Eschwege were among those present – at least in name only – thanks to an innovative roundtable format created by organizers.

Prominas, Mintec, Inc.’s Brazilian agent, hosted the “Prominas Dayminar” at the Hotel Atlantic Clarion Lourdes, Nov. 12.

Six roundtables were each named after some of the mining industry’s leading lights, including Mintec Chairman and founder, Fred Banfield. Seated 10 to a table were 60 guests, representing such companies as Alcoa, AVX, Carpathian, CSN, Mineração Curimbaba, Gerdau-Açominas GME-4, Mirabela, MMX, MSOL, Nacional de Grafite, Namisa, UFRGS, Unimim, Usiminas V & M and Vale.

Presenters alternated between the tables. They used LCD screens connected to a notebook to provide guests with a 360-degree view of different topics. Presentations comprised:

  • Database: Reliability for Decision-Making
  • Geology: Exploration and Mine
  • Extraction Sequencing - Optimization and blending
  • Operational Planning
  • Mine Scheduling for strip mines using in-pit crushing and conveying
  • Geostatistical Analysis

Organizers and clients agreed that the intimate roundtable format produced greater feedback and discussion between guests and presenters.

Meanwhile, between presentations, clients received individual attention for their questions from MineSight staff.

The presentations culminated in a big-screen address by Principal MineSight Specialist, Matt Thorndal. Thorndal informed guests about developments at MineSight, with simultaneous translation.

Clients enjoyed plenty of networking breaks over coffee, lunch, and an evening celebration at a pub in the city.

Don’t miss next year’s MineSight Regional Seminars. Check the calendar on MineSight’s website early and often. Visit www.minesight.com.