Iran’s interior minister announced Saturday that moderate candidate Hassan Rowhani had won outright election as the nation’s next president.Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told a news conference in Tehran that Rowhani obtained more than 50% of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday’s election. Even Rowhani’s inner circle did not predict an outright victory, though his campaign had been polling well in recent days and advisers noted a sense of momentum. Enthusiasm was especially strong among the young, women and middle-class urban voters disillusioned with the nation’s conservative leadership and the stalled economy. Rowhani also did well in voting from the seminary city of Qom, the nation’s religious hub, results showed.Though long regarded as a conservative-leaning cleric, Rowhani emerged in the last week of the campaign as a charismatic champion of reformist ideals, including enhanced personal freedoms, gender equality and artistic liberty. He also backed using foreign policy as a means to improve the nation’s free-falling economy, battered by Western-led sanctions tied to the nation’s controversial nuclear program.Improving the moribund economy was the major theme of all six candidates. (Courtesy L.A Times) Rowhani was the lone moderate candidate supported by reformists in a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran’s ruling clerics. He faced five other candidates viewed as more conservative. Many observers had assumed that one of his conservative rivals would likely emerge victorious, or at least make it into a runoff election. But instead the conservative vote was split, analysts said, opening the way for Rowhani to pull away from the pack.Only a week ago, Rowhani had been considered a long shot to make it into a runoff election. But he received the endorsement of a pair of former presidents, and a potential rival for reformist votes dropped out of the race, consolidating his prospective support. The victory of Rowhani, 64, a bespectacled, bearded jurist who has long been a member of the inner power circle of the Islamic Republic, was a huge surprise, reflecting several factors, including a tactically adept campaign and a fractured alliance among his hard-line opponents.
Geosoft has introduced a packaged solution for Geophysical Exploration Information Management. The geophysical Exploration Information Management Solution (EIMS) bundles Geosoft professional services, that leverage the company’s experience with geophysical workflows, and its DAP Server technology, which is designed to organise and distribute large geophysical and exploration datasets, into one packaged solution that can be scaled to government agencies and exploration companies of all sizes.The Geosoft solution enables organisations to catalogue their geophysical data within a DAP server environment that enables data validation, quality assurance and metadata entry for data management, and handles tasks like re-projection of data for efficient project use. Once the DAP data repository is validated and organised, the Geosoft EIMS solution provides efficient and global access to data through spatial search technologies.“With our targeted Geophysical EIMS solution, we identified an opportunity to do what we do best at Geosoft,” says Steve Randall, Product Director with Geosoft. “We’re applying our in-depth expertise in geophysics, and technology that we’ve optimised to handle large geophysical grids and survey data, to help customers tackle one of their most challenging exploration data problems.” Officially launched in 2007, as a service and software business solution, there are now 48 deployments of Geosoft EIMS solutions and DAP server worldwide. Implementations have been within international Government Surveys, mandated to publish and increase access to exploration data for industry use, and with large mineral exploration companies motivated to free their exploration teams to focus on discovery rather than hunting down data resources.“The value and benefits of improving data management systems and practices have been best articulated by our clients,” says Randall. “The bottom line is providing access to information and insight for global teams to develop exploration programs and increase discovery success.”
The installed base of Immersive Technologies mining simulators in North America it says has seen consistent growth since the deployment of the first-generation units in the early 2000s. “Today, early adopters are upgrading their technology to the latest models while new customers are coming onboard at an accelerating rate. North American customers are increasingly obtaining quantified results in targeted areas such as lower spot times, higher dig rates and reduced machine abuse events caused by operator actions.”Long-time customer Rio Tinto Kennecott will now be utilising Managed Services and a transportable PRO4 to train operators on wet weather conditions. The majority of Kennecott’s haul truck operators have less than two years’ experience due to a very light snow year in 2017/2018 many have not had to deal with the challenges that heavy snow brings. Kennecott are running all operators through simulator-based training to build confidence in those conditions. As all operators will be trained, data will be generated which help identify more opportunities for targeted training interventions relating to safety, productivity, and unscheduled maintenance. New-hire training is also part of Kennecott’s program and will continue to be a focus into 2019.Bighorn Mining, a green field operation in Canada, is currently using Managed Services and an IM360-B to ensure they develop an elite locally-trained operator workforce. Bighorn Mining Management chose the combination of simulator-based training and Professional Services from Immersive Technologies due to the proven track record of quantified ROI.At Peabody – North Antelope Rochelle Mine (NARM) in Wyoming, a recently concluded Managed Services project returned positive and impressive results over the course of only five months that saw NARM achieve:• 2.4 second spot time reduction• 9,166 monthly decrease or 57% improvement in Operator Induced Machine Events (Alarms)“NARM continues to be one of the top achievers in operator improvement. Their commitment to the safety and improvement of their staff is apparent by the results they achieve,” says Anthony Bruce, Immersive Technologies Regional Vice President – North America.In Mexico, an underground hard rock customer has reported that with the help of an Immersive Technologies’ Embedded Trainer they have achieved:• 96% reduction on rear brake heating events• 86% reduction on front brake pressure drop events• 79% reduction on transmission abuse events• 4.5% reduction on fuel consumption, representing $444,181 USD on annualized savings“The fusion of Managed Services and simulator technology is a powerful combination as North American customers have quickly realized over the last decade. The fully supported solution by Immersive Technologies’ Managed Services architecture drives quantifiable return on investment. It Includes pro-active supervision to drive best actions and access to select intellectual property for training and continuous Improvement,” Bruce says.