Delivering on innovation

Customers and staff came together at the South American Users Conference to share stories on innovation.

A warm welcome, a strong technical program and innovation in action are what Maptek customers have come to expect from the annual event in Chile. And the 15th South American Users Conference, held in Viña del Mar in December 2012, did not disappoint.

Staff from Maptek Chile office greeted the 200 customers on the first day. Proceedings opened with an address by Dr Clayton Deutsch of the University of Alberta, Canada. His theories on factors that promote or inhibit the adoption of new ideas in software development were backed up with instructive examples.

The following day, keynote speaker, Professor Juan Sebastián Montes of the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile, spoke passionately about how understanding our own abilities provides the key to becoming a successful leader.

Attendees were enthralled by Dr Montes’ mountaineering experiences which included summiting Everest.

Presentations ranged across all products - Vulcan, I-Site, BlastLogic and Eureka - with applications including panel caving, underground stope optimisation, simulation, ring design, HARP block modelling, haulage profile, mine planning and survey.

Innovation was evident in previews of new products BlastLogic and Eureka. Rapid Pit Design, expanded colour palette and polygon morph were among the new Vulcan 8.2 features and enhancements covered.

The latest I-Site technology was also on show, with demonstrations of the long range I-Site 8810 laser scanner and I-Site Studio 4.0 software.

Social activities - from cocktails and casino night to the conference dinner with comedy act - allowed attendees to network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Among the guests were 3 of the miners rescued from the San José Mine in 2010, who enjoyed reconnecting with Maptek staff and industry colleagues.

Twenty attendees took up the option of the pre-conference workshop on the application of the Local Varying Anisotropy technique to geostatistical studies.

‘Every year at our conference we have been able to show innovation in product development and the applications in mining,’ said Marcelo Arancibia, Vice-President of Maptek South America.

‘We were pleased to continue our tradition of hosting a forum that allows our customers to learn from the best in the industry.’