Mining Industry Veterans on Why Carlson Mining

June 14th, 2012

Four of those attending the recent Carlson Mining training held in May 2012 spoke to us about their background in the industry and they offered a little something about their experiences working with Carlson Mining. They include:

Brian Glackin uses Carlson Mining software

Brian Glackin

Brian Glackin (right), now with Lehigh Hansen, who is in the cement and aggregates industry, and is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has been working with Carlson Software since 1999, mostly utilizing the Carlson Mining module, Surface Mining.

“I moved over to Carlson because people in the company had CAD experience. We use it for short-range mine planning and long-range feasibility. I like working with Carlson Software because it means we can work in CAD files and so be in the same environment as surveyors and outside civil engineers and be able to push the same files back to them – it allows us to have a common language.”

James Hitt, a consulting engineer with Norwest Corporation, works mainly out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and has 38 years in the mining industy. He has been working with many of the Carlson Software office products – Civil, Geology, Surface, Underground & Hydrology as well – for at least “a couple of decades.”

“One of my favorite aspects of Carlson includes the ease of use as compared to other software packages – people with AutoCAD training can pick it up and use it right away.  In 2002, we were the first company to introduce Carlson Software into Indian market. We recommended that our client use Carlson software for their project and we trained a number of their people to use Carlson Software over the last 10 years. In addition, Carlson helped us figure out a way to create and calculate volumes for mining blocks for a steeply dipping strata coal deposit which were then used to develop detailed mine plans.”

Mike Ross, of Alpha Natural Resources in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, has 38 years in the industry and has used Carlson Software almost since the very beginning (1983) of the company. In his work, he uses Carlson Civil, Geology, Surface Mining and Carlson Survey.

“My responsibility now is for mapping and mine planning and I use Carlson Software every day on every project that I do. I like it for three main reasons: it’s intuitive and easy to use, it gives me great flexibility to do the things I need to do, and the response from the technical support team is both fast and good.”

Phil Patton, with Agapito in Grand Junction, Colorado, has been in the industry for 35 years and has worked with Carlson Software for “25 years at least.” He works with Basic Mining and the Civil package.

“Carlson provides an accurate way of calculating for mining operations. A person can learn the software quickly and their technical support is very good and always there, plus their movies and detailed information on the website make it easy to learn and use the software.”


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