Quebecois maintenance software firm signs 3 mining sector subcontractors

REM Staff
May 02, 2012
Written by REM Staff
COGEP, a Québec City-based company and Canadian leader in specialized software for maintenance management, announced the signing of new agreements for the use of its world-class software, Guide Ti, at three mining sector subcontractors: Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd., Metso Minerals Canada Inc. and Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. Capitalizing on opportunities resulting from the Plan Nord, COGEP, present in the mining sector for more than 17 years, develops maintenance management software that enables about thirty mining sites across Canada to reduce their production costs and parts procurement delivery times. For the first time, COGEP will assist subcontractors that provide services to Quebec’s Plan Nord mining projects and other mining projects around the world. These contracts totaling $1 million will enable three fast-growing companies and industry leaders to improve their efficiency and reduce their operating costs. Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. is one of the most important Canadian surface and underground drilling services companies in North America. It provides services to mining companies at all stages of operations: exploration, development and production. Designing and exploiting its own earth boring machines, the company possesses 219 drilling machines and 1,100 employees. Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd. is a British Columbian company that provides infrastructure services for mining development and operations for more than twenty years. By providing support for the planning, design, mobilization, construction and layout of mining sites, Procon Mining & Tunnelling provides guidance to a mine from the latter’s startup phase through to the cessation of all mining activities. Guide Ti enables consolidation of maintenance of all equipment spread across the 10 projects currently managed by Procon Mining & Tunnelling in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Metso Minerals Canada Inc. is a division of Metso Corporation of Finland, the top supplier internationally of technical equipment solutions and services for the mining industry. Guide Ti enables the METSO Services division to improve maintenance planning and reduce downtime caused by broken equipment and the parts replacement process. “Due to METSO Corporation’s presence around the world, Guide Ti will be used in Mexican, Swedish and Russian mines. Consequently, we’ll have to have our software translated into Swedish and Russian over the coming months to respond to the international needs of our client,” explained Michel Fournier, President of COGEP. As a result of its positioning and expertise in the Canadian mining sector, COGEP doubled sales of its software over the past year and capitalized on the expertise acquired in Quebec to extend its business elsewhere in Canada as well as in Africa. In addition to benefiting from all of these new projects stemming from the Plan Nord, marketing efforts began in South America this year with the company’s participation in the ExpoMin international trade fair in Santiago,

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