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DEC 2012

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Gemcom Software becomes GEOVIA, Part of Dassault Systèmes When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to Gemcom for technology and services. It is home to world-renowned mining solutions and to industry thought leaders who are pushing the boundaries of what's possible in mining. Gemcom works in partnership with its clients to address their business goals and unique mining challenges. Through a combination of software and professional services, it delivers compelling solutions that leverage mining, business and IT expertise to answer key industry issues. Established in 1985, Gemcom has a global reach; delivering comprehensive solutions in all major mining centers to over 4,000 sites in more than 130 countries. Every major mining company, including BHP Billiton, Codelco, De Beers, Newmont and Vale is a Gemcom client. In July 2012, Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) acquired Gemcom. Dassault Systèmes provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations, with solutions that transform the way products are designed, produced and supported. The acquisition heralds the beginning of exciting opportunities and technological developments that have the potential to bring compelling new capabilities to the mining industry as a whole. With the acquisition of Gemcom, Dassault Systèmes' objective is to "model and simulate our planet, improving predictability, efficiency, safety and sustainability within the natural resources industry and beyond." To support this goal, the company has created a new brand, GEOVIA, which Gemcom will become. All of Gemcom's products and employees remain in place. Gemcom has eight software packages spanning the mining value chain to support exploration, mine planning, optimization and strategic mine planning, scheduling, mine production management, data management, and more. Its software includes the geology and mine planning packages Gemcom Surpac™, which is the world's most widely used software of its kind, Gemcom GEMS™ which utilizes a central SQL database for added data security and collaboration, and Gemcom Minex™ which is geology and mine planning software designed specifically for coal and other stratified deposits. The company's Gemcom Whittle™ strategic mine planning software is used to optimize the economics of open pit projects, while its Gemcom MineSched™ software is used by surface and underground mines for short and long term scheduling and blending. For block cave mines, its Gemcom PCBC™ software is used for planning and scheduling. Gemcom Hub™ provides secure remote collaboration and data centralization for the data produced by mining software and other applications, including Microsoft Office, used by mining professionals that produce files. To help companies drive productivity, it offers Gemcom InSite™, its mine production management solution. Another area of focus for Gemcom is its services offerings, which are aimed at helping its customers maximize their investment in its software while addressing key issues including best practices and knowledge retention in areas such as grade control. Gemcom's Services for geology, engineering, and operations projects include modelling, design, optimization, scheduling, data management, workflow automation, system configuration, and points in between. Gemcom also offers training courses for mining professionals, whether they are beginner or advanced users of its software, enabling them to improve personal and operational productivity while at the same time building their careers. Globally, Gemcom employs over 135 services mining professionals in all major mining centers. Its engineers, geologists, surveyors, metallurgists and chemists have expert knowledge of their regions, with local language and cultural understanding. Its services professionals are experts at maximizing the benefits of Gemcom's software solutions and are in a unique position to provide ongoing improvements to increase a site's efficiency and help the operation adapt to ever-changing business environments. By mitigating risk and optimizing current and future operations, Gemcom's Services enable mining companies to extract more value from their mining investment and ensure maximum NPV. As GEOVIA, Gemcom has a new name, but its commitment to supporting the needs of the mining industry remain the same. With pressures on costs and commodity prices, providing tools to better model and simulate our planet is more important than ever. GEOVIA will continue to lead the way as the largest global supplier of mining software solutions, delivering tomorrow's innovations to increase efficiency and productivity for mining operations. Company Profile - Paid Advertisement

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