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New appointments for Maptek

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Maptek has announced two new senior appointments that will streamline delivery of its Technology Roadmap to customers. The two new positions are Chief Technology Officer and Head of Development, Mine Planning.

Simon Ratcliffe will take on the role of Chief Technology Officer and will manage technology strategy and how this can improve the value of planning and operational information for mines. He will be supported by an expert research and development team tasked with a renewed focus on data management and solution integration.

‘We are, first and foremost, an innovative software and technology company and our highest priority is to devise and develop the best solutions,’ said Maptek Managing Director, Peter Johnson. ‘The new structure will allow us to take advantage of unexplored ideas.’

‘My new remit allows me to grow an innovation culture across the whole business, while also driving productivity and efficiency through better pooling of code and resources,’ said Ratcliffe who is based in the company’s South Australian headquarters.

‘This is so we can identify opportunities faster and accelerate delivery of high quality, ground-breaking solutions to our customers.’

‘We aim to maintain technical depth by developing our own world-class code in-house where this creates strategic advantage,’ Ratcliffe added.

‘Release of the Maptek Workbench earlier this year launched a mission that will ultimately provide our customers with a single, comprehensive platform for all of their spatial modelling design and analysis needs.’

One of the main priorities for the new CTO was the appointment of a leader of software development for exploration, geological modelling and mine planning. Jimmy Howlum has been named as Head of Development, Mine Planning.

Ratcliffe and Howlum will visit Maptek software groups in Viña del Mar, Denver and Sydney before concentrating on the implementation of critical roadmap items such as Vulcan 10.1 and Eureka 4 due at the end of 1Q17.

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