MineTech competition

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Competition results

01_AMA9389The Finnish company Mineral Exploration Network won MineTech – the 1st Russian Competition of Mining Challenges and Solutions. The company proposed a solution for the challenge offered by Polymetal International. The contest was organised alongside MINEX Russia 2017 Forum in Moscow on 12 October 2017.

The innovative methodology of geochemical analysis, proposed by the Mineral Exploration Network (MEFFA), made the best impression on the jury. Igor Vasilyev, the company’s operating director, introduced the MEFFA’s method – multi-element analysis of the fine fraction.
According to the MEFFA method samples of a fine fraction weighing 3-5 grams, which can be prepared in the field, are used for analysis. The analysis is performed on the laser ablation devices NWR-226 and ICP-MS Agilent 7700. The contents are recalculated according to the internal standard every 12 samples.

The advantage of the method is high productivity: a pair of workers collect an average of 300 samples per day, two laboratory technicians prepare 200 samples per shift and analyse up to 400 samples per shift. The method showed high comparability and convergence due to the use of highly sensitive instruments and direct analysis of substance.
During the Award Ceremony, the moderator of the contest – head of the long-term planning department of the investment directorate of Polymetal UK Oleg Valeyev – proposed to use the MEFFA method at the sites in Armenia: “Get a small prize, as well as a contract for work in Armenia.”
“We, of course, are pleased that a major gold mining company recognised our innovative technology. We are certain that it will show the same high results on Polymetal projects in Armenia as on our own,” Igor Vasilyev assured.
The following companies also participated in the contest:

• ANACON (modular express laboratory for preparation and analysis of samples for gold and silver on self-propelled and / or trailed chassis)
• Helios (technology of electromagnetic sounding and induced polarization)
• VIST Group (integration between information systems of different levels)
• Mine Tech Services (the potential of data and technology)
• Carl Zeiss Microscopy (analysis of large data sets)

About competition

About MineTech competition

MineTech – International competition of mining challenges and solutions will be held on 11-12 October for the first time alongside MINEX Russia 2017.

MineTech competition is a novel way for winning new business and presenting mining solutions in Russia.

Launched in April 2017 at MINEX Central Asia Forum in Kazakhstan, MineTech competition (http://minexasia.com/2017/minetech) created new format for winning new businesses and selecting mining solutions.

Mpodcast-folder-smooth-iconineTech competition concept

Finding the best possible technological solution for a mine planning, construction, modernisation or closure is a complex task and often involves creative approach and analysis of alternative offers. Striving to achieve greater efficiency in knowledge exchange and engagement between the local mining companies and international vendors the MINEX Russia Forum Secretariat is organising MineTech competition of mining challenges and solutions.

The competition is designed around a win-win formula:

Participating in the competition a mining company can achieve a number of objectives. The obvious one is to potentially resolve a technical challenge and broaden the receive a wide spectrum of turnkey solutions from local and international providers. The company may also use the competition to stimulate internal innovation.The vendors will have a chance to demonstrate the application of their products and technologies for resolving specific cases.The forum delegates will participate in lively discussions and learn about new technologies and solutions.

After the competition the mining companies will be able to create a super challenge and invite the winners to implement the proposed solutions.

Participation options:

Challenger –  a mining company of organisation offering up a case or technological challenge

Contender – a person who takes up MineTech challenge and proposes to present solution at the competition

Delegate – a person watching presentation and taking part in the Q&As  (free admission)

Challenges

 

ah8a8378MINEX Russia 2017 Forum organisers are pleased to invite mining equipment producers and technology providers to present solutions at MineTech – the 1st Russian Competition of Mining Challenges and Solutions.

Competition challenges

1. Challenges from Polymetal International (open pdf)
2. Challenges from ООО «РДМ» / Highland Gold Mining (open pdf).

Contenders are required to submit applications by 30 September
http://www.minexrussia.com/2017/minetech-registration/

The competition will take place on 12 October 2017 at MINEX Russia Mining Forum in Moscow.

For challengers

Challenger – a mining company of organisation offering up a case or technological challenge

Challenges – a technical case submitted for the competition. The case may either be real (e.g. using real names with detailed parameters) or realistic (names omitted and parameters not fully disclosed). The organisers leave the selection and design of the challenges to companies.

The cost of the Challenger package is – $ 6,000 USD

Applications and Challenging cases must be submitted to the Forum organisers no later than 15 August 2017

Challenger package includes the following benefits:

– An opportunity to offer up to 5 technical challenges for the competition

– An opportunity to set up judging panel to evaluate solutions and decide the winners

– A possibility of arranging individual meetings with the completion participants during the Forum

– Four passes for company representatives to participate in the MINEX Forum, an evening reception and the Gala Dinner

– An advertising page in the forum catalogue.

– Participation in the awards ceremony

Super-challenge – challenger companies may offer financial rewards to the winners for the on-site implementation of the proposed solutions.

Preparation stage  (ends on 15 August) 

dh0i4159To partake in the competition a company must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form before 15th August.
  2. Submit with the application a worksheet with description the description of challenges.
  3. Provide corporate profile to be published at the forum website.
  4. Provide by 15 September information about the jury panellists who will evaluate solutions.

Challenges proposed for the competition will be published on the forum website and announced in regular news bulletins and press-releases.

Prior to the Forum the challengers will receive the list of providers  for review and will be offered facilities for organising face-to-face meetings.

Presentation Stage (11-12 October, Moscow) 

ah8a6840The presentation of challenges and solutions will be take place on the 11 and 12 October at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow. The forum organisers will be provide an auditorium equipped with a jury podium, screen, projector, sound system and a simultaneous translation with Russian and English language options. Entry is free for forum participants, media and exhibition visitors.

Up to 5 solutions can be presented per challenge. The jury will be able to question presenters and determining the best solution while the audience will be offered the opportunity to cast their votes to determine the most creative solution.

The competition winners will be awarded with the diplomas and prizes at the  awards ceremony to be held at the Gala dinner on 12 October at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow.

After the forum the solutions presented at the competition will be passed on to the challenger in digital format and in agreement with the authors published in the forum materials.

For contenders

Contender – a company or specialist offering solution for one or more competition challenges.

The cost of Contender package is $ 750 USD

The Participant package contains the following benefits:

– A possibility of presenting solutions for up to 3 cases (not more than 20 minutes a presentation)

– One delegate pass to the MINEX Forum, evening receptions and the gala-dinner.

– Competition participation diploma

–  An opportunity for one-on-one meeting with the completion challengers.

–  Participant information publication in the forum catalogue and on the forum website.

– The use of the conference room, equipped with a screen, a projector, a sound system and simultaneous translation into English

– Video and photo recording of the presentation

– Publication of the proposed solutions in the forum post-event report (subject to approval from the Challenger)

How it works for Condensers 

For service and technology providers participation in the competition is both a challenge and an opportunity. Preparing solution for specific challenges undoubtedly takes more time and resources.  However, at the same time presenters will be able to better understand the technical challenges facing the mining companies and increase the chances of attracting new orders and clients.

dh0i4173Preparation Stage

To participate in the competition the company is required to submit the following documents:

  1. Application for participation in the forum and competition must be submitted by 30 September
  2. Presenter’s bio and photo (to be published in the Forum documentation) must be submitted together with the application
  3. Slides outlining proposed solution for each challenge must be submitted before 1 October

ah8a8507Presentation stage

The presentation of solutions will be take place on the 11 and 12 October at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow. The forum organisers will be provide an auditorium equipped with a jury podium, screen, projector, sound system and a simultaneous translation with Russian and English language options. Entry is free for forum participants, media and exhibition visitors.

Contender can present solutions for up to 3 challenges. (limited to 20 minutes for each presentation).  All presentations will be recorded on video and broadcasted on MINEX Forum YouTube and Facebook channels

The solutions will be reviewed by the jury representing the challenger. Each challenge may include presentations of up to 5 solutions. The jury will question presenters and determine the best solution while the audience will be offered the opportunity to cast their votes to determine the most creative solution.

The competition winners will be awarded with the diplomas and prizes at the  awards ceremony to be held at the Gala dinner on 12 October at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow.

After the forum the solutions presented at the competition will be passed on to the challenger in digital format and in agreement with the authors published in the forum materials.

Competition timeline

Competition stage timeline

Submission of challenges closes on the 15 AugustRegistering competition contenders (presenters) closes on 30 September Submission of proposed solutions (as PPT slides) – closes on 1 OctoberPresentation of challenges and solutions at the forum held at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow on 11 – 12 OctoberWinners determined – 12 OctoberWinner award ceremony at the Gala Dinner – 12 OctoberPublication of presented solutions in the forum materials – 1 November 

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