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Bentley launches new MineCycle software applications

US, October 30, 2014: Bentley Systems has launched its new MineCycle software applications aimed at the mining industry. The three applications — MineCycle Designer, MineCycle Survey, and MineCycle Material Handling — address the mining industry’s priorities for continuous planning

MineCycle Designer extends Bentley’s OpenRoads’ capabilities, MineCycle Survey extends Bentley Map capabilities, and MineCycle Material Handling extends Bentley OpenPlant and OpenRoads capabilities. They are the first Bentley products to be created through syndicated development. MineCylcle Survey and Designer were developed with Anglo American Platinum, AngloGold Ashanti, Lonmin, and Royal Bafokeng Platinum. The MineCycle Material Handlings’ syndicate development sponsors were Hatch, GHD, and PDC.

MineCycle Designer and Survey work together to accelerate mine planning and mine survey iterations. The time consumed by traditional processes (often taking months) prevented consideration of alternatives and also could result in strategies that were out of sync with changing mine and market conditions. MineCycle’s optioneering lets mine owner-operators timely examine multiple operational alternatives, enabling higher-quality decision making leading to enhanced mine performance.

MineCycle Material Handling enables engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms and consultants to accelerate the preliminary design of bulk material handling (BMH) facilities. Through optioneering, MineCycle Material Handling helps EPCs optimise cost, footprint, and other key factors – by empowering them to quickly consider multiple scenarios.

Robert Mankowski, Bentley vice president, simulation product management, said, “We are very excited about our new mining offerings and the powerful optioneeringbenefits they bring to the mining industry. This ability to quickly assess operational planning and engineering alternatives was one of the ‘musts’ that our syndicate development sponsors identified. Our collaboration with strategic software partner Cyest Technology was also instrumental.”

Gary Lane, managing director, Cyest Technology, added, “The new mine planning solution developed by Bentley Systems and Cyest Technology will radically change the way in which mine planning is done in the industry. By applying new innovative approaches to planning and scheduling, mine management can now test different production planning options to understand the impact on the economics and, thereby, derive a more optimal plan that meets the strategic objective of the business. A more optimal mine design and production schedule leads to more effective execution, which will increase return on capital through increased productivity levels and reduced unit cost. Cyest Technology and Bentley Systems have a strategic vision of developing a solution set that will result in a quantum change in the mining industry.”

Source: Bentley Systems