Carlson Machine Control and MICROMINE Begin Strategic Partnership

December 4th, 2013

Carlson Machine Control and MICROMINE have formed a strategic partnership to enhance the machine guidance and fleet management capabilities for surface mines of Pitram, MICROMINE’s Mine Operations System for underground and surface mines.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA, (December 4, 2013):  MICROMINE, a leading provider of intuitive software solutions and services to the global exploration and mining industry, has formed a new strategic partnership with Carlson Machine Control, a division of Carlson Software Inc.

Pitram from MICROMINE for the management of mining operations.

Example of mining management and control with Pitram from Micromine.

As part of the partnership, Pitram, MICROMINE’s Mine Operations System for underground and surface mines, will be integrated with Carlson’s machine control solutions. The objective of the integration is to enhance Pitram’s machine guidance and fleet management capabilities for surface mines.

Pitram is an essential and proven system for the management, control and process improvement of mining operations. Pitram can be used to record, manage and process mine site data related to equipment, personnel, locations and materials. The system provides an overall view of the current mine status and increases clients’ control over their operations. Pitram’s analytical tools help mine controllers and engineers to identify operational constraints, leading to increased production through improved utilization of existing resources.

Utilizing Carlson Grade with Pitram

Utilizing Carlson Grade with Pitram.

Introduced to the market in 1997, Carlson’s machine control solutions have a solid history of machine guidance in the construction, mining, landfill, dredging and 3D drilling markets. Through the provision of hardware and software for High Precision GNSS guidance, Carlson ensures heavy mobile equipment is operated precisely and according to design, eliminating inefficiencies and unnecessary costs and increasing safety.

The integration between the two systems will increase Pitram’s surface fleet management capabilities by providing high precision machine guidance. Equipment operators will be able to perform activities such as drilling, excavation and loading more precisely, ensuring objectives are achieved more efficiently.

“MICROMINE’s partnership with Carlson will provide significant benefits to both existing and future Pitram customers globally,” says Kevin Fitzpatrick, MICOMINE CEO. “Through the introduction of machine guidance within Pitram, we are strengthening the solution’s fleet management capabilities.

“MICROMINE is looking forward to working directly with Carlson and to integrating and developing new solutions not only with Carlson but also with the company’s extensive dealer channels in selected regions,” he adds.

Randy Noland, vice president Marketing and Business Development, Carlson, notes, “The alignment of Pitram and Carlson’s Grade machine control solutions opens new doors for both companies, particularly within emerging markets that have demonstrated a need for sophisticated mining technologies.”

Pitram combined with Carlson Grade high precision machine guidance.

Pitram combined with Carlson Grade high precision machine guidance.

The synergies between the two leading companies extend beyond their technology offerings. MICROMINE and Carlson have similar histories. Bruce Carlson, a surveyor and civil engineer, founded Carlson Software in 1983 to provide solutions for surveyors and the civil market. Graeme Tuder, MICROMINE’s managing director, also a surveyor by trade, founded MICROMINE in 1986 with the aim of providing leading solutions to the mining sector.

Since their establishment, both companies have experienced significant growth and international expansion, and now provide a diverse suite of solutions widely regarded by the mining sector as the most advanced offerings available. The partnership between MICROMINE and Carlson will further reinforce this outstanding reputation.

About MICROMINE: MICROMINE is a leading provider of intuitive software solutions and services for the exploration and mining sector. MICROMINE’s integrated suite of solutions covers the entire mining process, from exploration through to mine production.

MICROMINE understands the software and consultancy needs of operations around the world. Located in 24 of the world’s major mineral producing capitals, our teams are close to clients’ operations. This means MICROMINE can provide local support in the client’s own language and time zone.

MICROMINE’s intuitive solutions are delivered by mining and software specialists who understand the software and how it can be integrated into an operation for maximum results.

About Carlson: Founded in 1983, Carlson Software specializes in CAD design software, field data collection and machine control products for the land surveying, civil engineering, construction and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions from data collection to design to construction. Carlson Software’s renowned dedication to customer service is unique in the industry.

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