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Newmont Mining

We were originally approached by the owner of a pie shop in Brighton, East Sussex to build a database for one of the World's largest gold producers in Ghana, West Africa. After our initial sceptisism it turned out to be true and one of our crew went on-site for a month whilst one of the World's largest surface mines was being prepared for production.

The system was named Eclipse because during the build there was a total eclipse of the Sun and even the vultures quietened down during the couple of minutes of totality. Unfortunately it was only us that liked the name Eclipse and our solution would always be referred to as the "Mining Planning Database".

The solution was originally purely MS Access (it's latest reincarnation is SQL Server with a Microsoft Access front-end) and took one month of frantic development where we coded 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. By collecting the minutae of information on mining activities such as how long each vehicle takes to refuel, the grade of gold in each block mined (usually between 1 and 2 parts per million at this particular mine), which truck is being loaded by which digger, whether there are any vehicles waiting to be loaded, why vehicles have stopped and for how long..... a pretty good picture of the mining activities can be painted. The end result was a pretty impressive system and, amongst other things, provided daily, weekly and monthly reports to a team of engineers who used them to decide the direction of future mining activites and maximising productivity. Maximising productivity is hugely important when the machinery is so expensive and the price of gold so sensitive.

Related to Newmont Mining

Bisha Mining

We further developed the Mining Planning Database for a small surface gold mine in Eritrea. Small in the mining World is a startup cost of around $300m and we like to think that we played a part in keeping those costs to a minimum.

INEA Rebuild

A database platform that enables Estate Agents to share and collaborate. What started as a fairly small data sharing application, now has a suite of specialist tools that are all designed to meet the needs of a British Estate Agent - from geo-mapping of properties to automated ‘colour particulars’ and including a range of dedicated email marketing tools that can transform productivity.
The rebuild of the INEA website blends our knowledge of mapping with big data so that agents can share their properties with other members.


Newsstand is a 17 year collaboration building an on-line magazine subscription business from a skunkworks project in the corner of the factory, into a multi-million pound business.
It's nice to wake up on a Saturday morning and read the latest issue of your favourite English magazine, even if you live far away. And that is precisely the service that Newsstand Magazines has set up for you. They will regularly post to you any of the 1,000s of magazines on their list, where-ever you are.

Knowledge Base

There is no need to manually upload your data to Rightmove

Rightmove have put back their switch-over date until 31st July 2016 and are telling agents that they'll need to manually upload their property data if they can't supply their data in the Real Time Data Feed format.

Data Visualization Summit

One of the big growth areas in technology is data visualization so we went along to the Data Visualization Summit at the Royal Garden Hotel in London to find out what the Industry Leaders had to say on the matter.