Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Bob Johnson Inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame
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Bob Johnson Inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

Dr. Bob Johnson, an Australian Innovator who has spent his professional life providing vital services to the global mining industry, has been inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. Bob founded Maptek in 1981, a company that provides 3D modelling, spatial analysis and design technology to the global mining industry with three products; Vulcan, I-Site and MineSuite.

Bob was delighted to be included in the prestigious group. ‘It certainly is an honour to be acknowledged,’ Bob said.

The International Mining Technology Hall of Fame is well established, recognising technical innovators like Bob Johnson in the virtual hall of fame at an Annual Gala Dinner.

As a pioneer in the use of computer software for modelling resources in the mid-1970s, Bob met a need to provide quick turn-around on drafting coal boreholes. He demonstrated true innovation by extending that service into a unique solution for the mining industry with his first company Earth Science Computer Services. He founded Maptek in 1981 to develop mining software that could be operated easily by the geologists and mining engineers themselves.

Bob stated that ‘The award really belongs to everyone in Maptek who has contributed to building the world's greatest mining software packages.’

‘Maptek continues its philosophy of striving always to help our customers achieve their goals by providing tools that improve efficiency, optimise resources and contribute to safe working environments,’ Bob said. ‘We have maintained a substantial investment in innovation of our product offerings to ensure our customers get the maximum reward from their ongoing support of Maptek.’

Bob said Maptek was driven to continually improve its products. ‘We are ever ready to exploit new technology,’ he said. ‘This attitude makes work both a challenge and a pleasure and we will continue to grow the Maptek business and help lead the mining industry into a bright future.

Today, Maptek provides highly regarded software and services across the mining execution value chain. These solutions provide a competitive advantage to operations by enabling them to make optimum use of their available data.

Congratulations to Bob and his team at Maptek, what a great achievement!

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