3D-P Announces Two New Service Hires in Australia

To Aid in Expansion and Fill Key Customer Service roles in this Growing Territory

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – November 12, 2012:  3D-P, the leading resource for technologically-advanced open networking and computing platforms in the mining industry, announced today that Darren Young and Kade Edwards have joined the Australian Service Team.

“As 3D-P’s footprint grows larger across this expanding territory, we are honoring our ongoing commitment to provide excellent customer service throughout the life of a project and to maintain 24/7 customer support,” said Sean McClary, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “With the phenomenal expansion of 3D-P’s deployments in Australia, we are fulfilling our commitment to exceed customer service expectations.”

Darren Young brings with him many years of experience as a technician in the Australian Army, and more recently, mining experience at Mine Site Technologies and Newmont at the Jundee Gold Mine.  In addition, Darren has significant experience in civil security operations. Kade Edwards also brings with him many years of experience as a technician in the Australian Navy, and most recently mining, oil & gas and construction experience at Kentz Barrow Island and Rio Tinto.

“This has been quite a year for 3D-P,” commented Mal Jones, 3D-P’s Manager for the Asia Pacific Region. “As our business has grown we have kept our commitment to our customers, and have been successful in hiring knowledgeable support personnel who can hit the ground running. We are very comfortable with the skill level of both Darren and Kade, and welcome them onboard.”

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

By Categories: 3D-P Expansion

3D-P Technical Training : Solo Mesh Network Certification

Facilitated by Steve Molkentin, Tier III Support Rep AU

3D-P is proud to offer a hands-on, three-day classroom training package to all customers.

The course will better equip participants by providing additional skills and understanding of the 3D-P devices and wireless technologies.

This must-have certification is recommended for all staff who maintain the 3D-P network for their company. This certification is designed for anyone supporting 3D-P products.

Where: 3D-P Headquarters located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Courses Dates Available:

  • December 17, 18, 19 2012
  • February 12, 13, 14 2013

Cost: $3000 per person*

Additional Course Available: 802.11n Network Certification

Modules Include:

  • Subnetting Basics
  • Wireless Basics
  • GPS Corrections
  • 3D-P Product Basics
  • Command Line Basics
  • Command Line Configuration
  • Access Point (IAP/EWR/IEP) Configuration
  • Troubleshooting
  • EPM OnBoard
  • EndPoint Manager portal

Class space is limited.  Please RSVP promptly to secure your seat. RSVP to Jennifer Mann – Account Manager:  jennifermann@3d-p.com or call 403-969-2250

*cost is $3000 per person if company is on a Support Agreement, $4500 per person otherwise.

*plus personal travel expenses (lunch is included)

By Categories: Mining News

A Moment of Epiphany

By Sean McClary, 3D-P VP of Global Sales & Marketing

A stunning truth came to me this year during MINExpo: Having a technical mind is sometimes a curse in marketing.  Let me explain myself.  I’ve been VP of Global Sales and Marketing for 3D-P for several years and prior to that I was Senior Director of Sales at Motorola -BSG, BEA Systems and Rainmaker Systems.  So, for most of my career I have been in charge of a sales force that sells technology or I’ve been creating marketing pieces that explain technology.

I’ve just learned that most of us “geeks” start our explanations at “M” while the rest of the world is somewhere between “A” and “L”.  I realized while talking to a prospective customer on the Show Floor that I needed to back up a bit and begin at the beginning.  So here’s my attempt:

3D-P Value Proposition

3D-P provides companies with remote mobile operations, a ruggedized computing and networking platform.  The platform allows remote operations to work and provide critical data in real time.  This in turn allows the company to recognize, analyze and manipulate operations in real time.  The benefits provided are:  1) efficiency 2) reduction of down time and man hours 3) safety

What We Do

  • We build ruggedized computing and networking platforms
  • Integrate and manage any application into remote operations
  • Unlock the single vendor stack paradigm
  • Give customers a path to choose best-of-breed applications without being locked into a single vendor
  • Reduce cost and complexity of change

What We Design, Manufacture and Deliver:

Vendor Agnostic Intelligent EndpointsTM with:

  • Open Standards, designed to support all mobile mining applications
  • Customer-driven technology solutions
  • Standard and tailored designs based on requirements

Application software to:

  • Integrate disparate systems (legacy and modern)
  • Optimize Communications (More out of Less)
  • Manage Applications (keep control)
  • Enhance Safety and Production

Our Expertise:

Qualified Personnel in the following areas:

  • Product Development
  • Software Development
  • Hardware Design
  • Radio/Electronic Engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • Support and Training

Well, that’s my best shot! I welcome questions and comments.  If you’ve got a better way to tell my story, please let me know.




By Categories: Mining Technology Solutions

South Dakota Mining Grads are Crushing Harvard on Pay

If you missed this, you’ll be interested to know . . .

repost By James Marshall Crotty, contributor to Forbes. Published September 19, 2012

Recent graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) earned more on average than those graduating from Harvard, Bloomberg News reports. The median salary of the Rapid City school’s graduates was $56,700. By contrast, the median salary of Harvard graduates — where the tuition is nearly four times as high as at SDSM&T — was $54,100.

By mid-career, Harvard graduates earned on average $116,000 a year, while SDSM&T graduates earned $96,000 a year. Still, at an out-of-state tuition cost of $10,530 a year –versus Harvard’s $40,000 a year – SDSM&T’s grads come out ahead, especially since Harvard grads tend to reside in high-cost locales like New York, San Francisco, and DC.

Bloomberg also reported that 11.8% of those between the ages of 20 and 24 with bachelor’s degrees were unemployed as of July 2012. Moreover, the dismal August jobs report revealed that the U.S. jobless rate for all workers remained at an embarrassing 8.1%. It declined from July’s 8.3% only because nearly 400,000 Americans stopped looking for work. Many of these workforce dropouts are recent college graduates.

Against this dire backdrop, the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration reported in January 2012 that an additional 78,000 workers would be needed by the U.S. mining industry through 2019. No doubt, many of those workers will come out of U.S. mining schools, touting degrees in Earth Sciences, Mineral Geology, or Mine Engineering.

Moreover, the decades-long commodity boom shows no sign of abating. Through China has undergone six quarters of economic contraction, the emerging world’s outsized demand for coal, cobalt, copper, diamond, gold, iron ore, lithium, magnesium, nickel, silver, zinc and other critical commodities is by no means over.

Armed with this information, it should come as welcome news to Crotty followers that the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology not only gets its graduates jobs in the booming commodities sector, but, because high-profile schools have dropped the ball in training sufficient mining students, SDSM&T gets its graduates high-paying jobs to boot. By contrast, the number of Harvard engineering graduates who enter the mining field is “virtually zero, if not zero,” said Michael Rutter, the communications director for Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. They tend to go into industries like finance, biomedical engineering, software and government, Rutter added. In other words, fields that are a bit “softer” than commodity mining.

Nevertheless, the question remains whether many of the 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans will take the bait and apply for a job in the commodity-mining sector. If history is any teacher, most will not, and often for uniquely personal reasons (distance, cost, health, family, lack of housing, environmental concerns, public showers).

However, if you are an outlier looking for a career in this fast-growing, lucrative field both here and abroad, check out Career Mine. And if you want to make digging your life’s work, check out this list of top American mining schools.

Alternatively, you can just skip the school search and go with a proven winner in the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. It doesn’t have a strong football team – its Hardrockers have had one winning season since 1985 – but its campus includes the Museum of Geology, and its students have access to a nearby 4850-foot deep Black Hills gold mine.

Oh, yeah, and its graduates make mad bank.

By Categories: Mining Jobs, Mining News

3D-P and Bentley Systems Partner to Drive Asset Performance Using Ivara EXP through Mobile Data Utilization

Hornet Intelligent Endpoint Technology to Enable Real-Time Execution of Reliability Strategy

 LAS VEGAS, Nevada, U.S.A. – MINExpo 2012 – Sept. 24, 2012 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, and 3D-P, a leader in mobile software and hardware, today announced a partnership to deliver a long-awaited solution for the mining industry. The solution uses real-time data from the mobile fleet to make maintenance decisions and increase uptime. The integrated solution is designed to improve reliability and performance while reducing risk and costs. Joint users will employ Bentley’s Ivara EXP to make fast and accurate maintenance decisions based on data acquired from 3D-P Hornet technology. Bentley Systems acquired Ivara Corporation on Sept. 17, 2012; for details, read the Bentley press release at www.bentley.com/IvaraAcquisition.

3D-P designs and builds the most rugged and technologically-advanced onboard open-sourced computing platforms and wireless networks to keep mining operations and people connected. The Hornet Intelligent Endpoint system consolidates multiple systems on a single hardened technology platform and is based on open standards. Ivara EXP will take the data from the Hornet to analyze and act on for the purpose of maintenance. Ivara EXP Remote will run on

3D-P’s new t200 Falcon Intelligent Tablet, which can host multiple third-party mining applications from a single display and has a bright, rugged, and anti-reflective screen.

Bentley’s Ivara EXP asset performance management software is a leading APM enterprise system used by the mining industry. Operators and maintenance engineers use Ivara EXP’s asset health dashboard to optimize asset performance and reliability, increase equipment availability, and reduce operating costs. Ivara EXP is a cohesive and integrated platform to develop, implement, and manage a living equipment reliability program – automating the collection, consolidation, and analysis of equipment condition data and its relative risk to the organization. Ivara EXP is the central system that integrates asset data management tools with field and plant process and other day-to-day operational systems, and is the engine for proactive analytics and decision making related to managing asset health, extending asset life, and mitigating risks associated with equipment failure.

 “The Bentley and 3D-P partnership is in response to the need for consolidation and real-time analysis of mobile equipment condition,” said Paul Marshall, Bentley vice president, asset performance. “Bentley and 3D-P are two best-of-breed companies dedicated to ensuring the reliability and performance of mining equipment.”

 “Our products are a perfect match,” commented Ron White, 3D-P’s vice president of technology. “This solution is exactly what the mining industry has been asking for and needing. Bentley’s Ivara EXP running on our t200 Falcon delivers critical applications on one single display. We have reduced technology clutter, and have made the cabs safer for miners.”

3D-P and Bentley presented a live demonstration and discussed their strategy at MINExpo 2012 in Booth #4761. For more information, contact Bentley at 1 877 746 3787, ext. 271 or 3D-P at 1 800 955 9337, ext. 2.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with offices in the United States, Australia, and South America. The company is an innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry, providing middleware that connects mines with operations and people. 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. For additional information about 3D-P, visit www.3D-P.com.

 About Ivara EXP

 Ivara EXP provides a cohesive and integrated approach to develop, implement, and manage a living equipment reliability program. It’s the complete end-to-end solution for operational excellence that eliminates unexpected downtime, reduces operational costs, increases availability and asset utilization, ensures compliance with industry regulations and guidelines, meets safety, quality and operational targets, and eliminates islands of data. For additional information about Bentley’s new Ivara EXP asset performance management solution, visit www.bentley.com/Ivara.

 About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit www.bentley.com/500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, Ivara EXP, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. Hornet, Intelligent Endpoint, Falcon, and Intelligent Tablet are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of 3D-P. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


By Categories: Mining Technology Solutions

3D-P at MINExpo Booth #4761

Come see us.  We will have a live demonstration proving that our products are literally indestructible.  We will also be introducing a game-changing product that will revolutionize the mining industry. 3D-P is a provider of customer-driven solutions, and this new product is what the mining industry has been asking for and needing.

Visit Booth #4761 

By Categories: Mining News, Trade Events

Communications International’s 3D-P Offering/Oferenda

Communications International is 3D-P’s exclusive distribution partner in Asia, Africa, Europe and parts of South America.

As a communications designer and technology integrator, Comms International delivers customer-driven, on-board 3D-P technology solutions either based on standard designs or tailored designs per customer requirements.

For more information in English, click here: Comms International 3D-P English

Como designer de redes de comunicação e integrador de technologias, a Comms International apresenta a Solução de technologia embarcada 3D-P, que  pode  tanto adotar tecnologias padrão, quanto projectos sobre madida, de acordo com as necessidades do cliente.

Clique aqui para mais informações:  Comms International 3D-P Portuguese

By Categories: 3D-P Expansion, Mining News, Technology Solutions