New Technology Provides Highest-quality Satellite Topo Data

LIDAR vs PhotoSat picPhotoSat Information Ltd., a Vancouver, B.C.-based topographic mapping specialist, announced recently that the elevation data processed from DigitalGlobe’s new 30-cm resolution satellite, WorldView-3, has been verified as accurate to within 15 cm. DigitalGlobe is a global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services, and claims to be the first company to offer 30-cm resolution satellite imagery commercially.

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Immersive Says Case-study Results Meet Simulation Training Goals

Immersive Technologies has developed simulator-based training systems for a wide range of mobile mining equipment.Addressing one of the biggest challenges facing mine operators today—“how can we increase productivity without compromising safety or increasing cost”—training simulator developer Immersive Technologies says it can provide compelling results that prove putting more focus on operator behavior and skills will deliver higher output. They recently released several case studies showing that their simulation training and professional services can deliver cycle time, spot time, swing time and bucket fill factor improvements.

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Earthmover OEMs Embrace ‘Big Data’ Analysis Agreements

Responding to the industry's need to reduce mine operating costs, Komatsu will offer data analysis services based on information collected from its mobile mining equipment. The machine data will be processed at a GE data analysis center in the U.S. Results will be used to recommend vehicle operational changes for increased efficiency.As an indication of the rapidly rising importance of data analysis as a means to maximize expensive production-equipment performance, two of the mining industry’s largest earthmoving machinery suppliers recently announced Big Data-related collaboration efforts.

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Barrick Tests, Orders Ford Aluminum-box Pickups

The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck features an all-aluminum cargo box that was able to withstand harsh usage at a western U.S. mine during prototype testing.In another Barrick-related technology development, Ford Motor Co. reported in early February that Barrick Gold USA, one of three Ford customers chosen to blind-test prototype F-150 pickups with aluminum-alloy cargo boxes, has placed an initial order for 35 all-new 2015 F-150 trucks.

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