John Hearne, CEO
In many ways, the global economy is at an important juncture. Mining could hold the key to a lower carbon future through many of the ores, minerals, and resources gathered, and yet, the industry remains starved for more capital. The mining industry has the potential to create widespread, meaningful employment in urban and rural areas, but is often overlooked as the first choice for talent. And while mining companies have played a significant role through the COVID-19 crisis by using personal protective equipment (PPE), leveraging their healthcare infrastructure, and keeping workers safe, many governments continue to look toward the industry for additional taxes and royalty payments. As miners navigate the new normal, resiliency is imperative and building an ecosystem of trust, reliance, and sustainability are paramount to establishing a sustainable organisation in the sector.
The pandemic has taught the industry that the objective has shifted from broadening profit margins to things people value more—safety, community, social impact, and performance. Amidst prevailing uncertainty, it is nigh impossible for companies in the mining sector to find a partner that can lead them to success using methodologies that stretch beyond revamping financial performance.
Established in 1987, Snowden Group has grown to be a mining advisory and software business that supports mining companies and their investors in evaluating new mines, improving the performance of existing operations and complying with regulatory requirements. Snowden’s services and solutions portfolio is well-adapted to help firms cope with the rising tides of change in the mining industry. The team has a strong capability in resource geology, mine planning, corporate advisory, data management, software development and project management. Snowden delivers advice to support the industry, the software to embed best practices, and train the initiative to do things better.
Geostatic Solutions and Metal Reconciliation
About 30 years ago, a couple relocated from South Africa to Perth to contribute to the local mining industry. Phil and Viv Snowden set up a mining consultancy called Snowden in 1987 to offer geological consulting services to the mining companies. What started as a small consulting business three decades ago has now turned into a successful multinational mining and resource services company with offices all over the world, delivering top-notch services across the mining life cycle.
Our purpose is to advance and improve mining projects and operations around the globe by delivering excellence in resources and reserve advisory, software and training
Snowden owes much to the many staff and clients that have shaped the business over the years. Staff, both past and present, have added their personal character and technical expertise to its culture and expanding service offerings.
Snowden’s competence lies in resource geology, mine planning, corporate advisory, data management, software development, and project management. Snowden has designed the best of breed software systems such as Neuroverse, Reconcilor, Supervisor, and Regulator. Built on the Microsoft platform, Neuroverse assists mining professionals to make the right decision while Reconcilor integrates data from various sources and analyses the operational performance. Further, Supervisor resolves the issues related to geography in lesser time and is an excellent tool for the resource estimation professionals. Accurate and timely reporting and management of the resources is the job of the Regulator tool.
Designed by geologists for geologists, Supervisor helps solve practical geological issues in the shortest possible time. Billions of dollars are invested in projects based on resource estimates. Biased data or invalid domains generate unreliable results with dramatic downstream economic implications. To combat and circumvent these challenges, Supervisor provides everything a mining firm needs to optimise its resource estimate.
On the other hand, Reconcilor offers mining operations the transparency they need to track metal movement from its start to finish. Metal loss linked to poor mine reconciliation is an industry-wide problem in the resources sector. This process is meant to identify differences between estimates, plans and actual mine production. Only once they are properly quantified and understood can steps be taken to improve metal balance. Regrettably, some mine sites lack the skills, manpower or even confidence to undertake this analysis. Reconcilor empowers its users to take the next step by automatically consolidating and validating your data as well as offering spreadsheet free analysis. Regular data imports allow early detection of data issues well before the end-of-month. This will enable clients to make informed decisions and leaves more time for implementing improvements.
A Powerful Asset to the Mining Industry
The Snowden mining software supports the vision of mining organisations, improve resource recovery and productivity. To date, the company has successfully undertaken more than 12,000 projects worldwide through the delivery of data management, operational improvement system, and operational assessment solutions.
These solutions improve the decision-making process by ensuring that data is precise and accessible. “Our purpose is to advance and improve mining projects and operations around the globe by delivering excellence in resources and reserve advisory, software and training,” says John Hearne, CEO of Snowden.
In 2016, Snowden announced that they had joined the Nova Network Partnership program of acquire. The Nova Network delivers high-quality Geoscientific Information Management (GIM) consulting services to acQuire’s customers and the wider natural resources industry. Snowden has a 14+ year business history with acQuire and has experience with businesses of varying sizes and complexity. As a Nova Network Partner, Snowden is able to provide services and access to GIM Suite technology through an online managed infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis. The online hosted and managed acQuire GIM Suite is designed to alleviate challenges faced by early-stage projects needing to store their data securely but without the upfront effort and costs of a full GIM implementation. As a global multidisciplinary consulting and technology company, Snowden’s clients have access to a team of industry experts that will work with acQuire certified consultants to help identify and provide innovative solutions to an organisations challenges and help them to achieve their goals.
John Hearne, Snowden’s CEO, said, “We are excited to be a part of acQuire’s Nova Network Partnership program. This program will provide our clients with a complete Geoscientific Information Management service backed by our acQuire certified professional consulting team.” Stephen Alpers, Nova Network Partner Manager at acQuire, says, “Snowden is an excellent addition to our growing, global Nova Network. Our existing customers and new companies will benefit from the combination of the GIM Suite online access and wealth of experience in data management services that Snowden provides.”
With a team located in Perth, Brisbane, and Johannesburg, Snowden is obliged to its employees and customers who have taken the business to greater heights. The team has invested their time and technical skills in company’s growth and progressing services. Snowden’s customers have provided different challenges and projects which helped the company to grow further. Moving ahead, the company aims to create opportunities for stakeholders in mining projects, operations, and investments with the best solutions that eliminate intricacies, boost efficiency, and unlock latent value. Snowden anticipates achieving its goals through its leadership qualities and relationship with its clients.