Nordgold trials Deswik software and solutions for three months before adopting it enterprise-wide. Above, the scheduler module by Deswick. (Photo: Nordgold)

Nordgold reported after a three-month trial, it hired Deswik to re-platform its mine planning IT systems. To date, Nordgold has implemented Deswik software and solutions for use in strategic mine planning, pit design, load and haul simulations, surveying, and drill hole optimization.

The software will be rolled out over three years.

During the test period, Deswik software and solutions were adopted by the head office, the Gross and Tabornoe open-pit mines in , the Suzdal underground mine in Kazakhstan, and the Lefa mine in Guinea. Migration to the Deswik platform is expected to be completed at the Bissa and Bouly mines in Burkina Faso in 2021, with all remaining operations following shortly thereafter.

Nordgold described the Deswik platform as a perfect fit that caters to both underground and open-pit mines. “We have been particularly encouraged by the software’s ability to circumvent our legacy systems’ constraints, while still supporting older data formats for backward compatibility,” Louw Smith, COO, Nordgold, said.