Dundee's Technological Leaps Attract Attention From the World's Biggest Mining Companies

"Dundee's Technological Leaps Attract Attention From the World's Biggest Mining Companies"
Globe and Mail (12/02/13) Reguly, Eric

A fully enabled underground Wi-Fi network using Dassault Systèmes mine management and planning software is bringing industry attention to Dundee Precious Metals Inc.'s small gold mine in Chelopech, Bulgaria. Dundee CEO Rick Howes largely credits the network with the turnaround of the Soviet-era mine, which was sold to Dundee by a bankrupt Irish company a decade ago and is now on the lowest-cost gold mines in the world, with earning before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, of $196 million in 2012. Using the Wi-Fi network to transmit information from transmitters embedded in mine equipment to feed information to the Dassault software allows Dundee to operate like a just-in-time manufacturing site, with every activity from grinding ore to drilling into the rock face recorded and displayed in real time. This puts Chelopech at the forefront of mining technology, as most mines still record such information with pen and paper and reporting it at the end of each shift. "Chelopech's real-time data is the first I've seen in the world able to do this," says former gold executive and consultant to Dassault, Mike MacFarlane. "It's like taking the lid off an underground mine. You can see where everything is, what everyone is doing." 

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