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SOFTWARE: Deswik stands test of time, continues to grow



BRISBANE, Australia – It can be tough being a newcomer in an established industry but, after 10 years in business, mining technology firm Deswik has proved its staying power.

Deswik’s story began in 2008 with three founders at one location in Australia.  Despite a mining downturn and the global financial crisis at the time, during those first five years the number of Deswik employees doubled each year and the company expanded quickly. Today, Deswik has 207 employees and 12 offices across the globe, including Canada (Vancouver, Calgary and Sudbury), South Africa, USA, Russia, U.K., Peru, Chile, and Brazil.

Deswik software provides a fully integrated platform that lets mine planners complete plans and scenario analysis in one continuous workflow. It provides seamless and accurate information exchange between the various elements of a mine plan (for example, geology, design, and scheduling).

The company’s founders, Adam White, Ian Lawler, and Wayne Romer, attribute their success to agile and responsive software development and consultancy, and a passionate and enthusiastic workplace culture.

Their original vision was to create a next generation mine planning platform without the legacy and limitations of the old general mine planning (GMP) systems. The founders attribute their significant growth over the past decade to Deswik’s innovation, responsiveness, and the people that work there.

While this vision hasn’t changed, the breadth of the products and services Deswik offers and the number of customers they are helping, has exceeded the founders’ expectations.

However, it is clear that mining firms have been very willing to give the new player a chance. White said mining firms chose Deswik because of their proven track record of delivering products and services that keep customers happy.

Deswik’s focus is on being responsive to industry needs; solving their customer’s problems; and, continuing to improve the platform to ensure they provide an

Deswik’s global reach allows them to service customers with sites across the world, a network of great people, and a solid base of technology that supports and simplifies mining processes. For every software developer on staff, Deswik hires 1.5 consultants with extensive on-the-ground experience of mining.

Not only do Deswik’s founders expect to expand the products and services they offer, but they are also looking at other industries that face similar planning challenges as mining.

Learn more about Deswik software, consulting and training at www.Deswik.com.