UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A software gift to Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences by Dassault Systèmes of its GEOVIA brand Minex product will provide mining engineering researchers and students with access to real-world technology in the classroom. Penn State and Dassault Systèmes share the vision of modeling the earth with solutions not only for mining and related design practices, but also oil and gas, water and other natural resource industries.
Dassault Systèmes’ GEOVIA brand, formerly known as Gemcom Software prior to its acquisition in 2012, is the largest global supplier of mining software solutions. Dassault Systèmes works with numerous advanced education institutions around the world, and Penn State’s is one of the best known in the mining industry, achieving 100 percent placement upon graduation.
“I see the Dassault Systèmes’ software gift to the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering as an implicit recognition of our efforts towards reaching academic excellence,” stated Turgay Ertekin, department head. “I am certain that the software donated will be instrumental in enhancing the educational experience of our students.”
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Co., provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to more than 170,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.
Dassault Systèmes is ranked No. 31 in Forbes' 2013 list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. It is ranked No. 3 in the Software and Programming category.
"They have one of the most comprehensive set of software packages for geological modeling that can be used in mine exploration, development and exploitation phases,” said Jamal Rostami, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering and current program officer for mining engineering.
Rostami adds, “These software applications offer a tremendous amount of background knowledge in modeling to the end user. They enable the users to handle a large amount of input data from various sources with a high degree of accuracy and in a timely manner, with efficient algorithms to store and utilize heterogeneous data that is typical of mining design. These programs are an integral part of our capstone design and Dassault Systèmes has generously offered the programs, as well as tech support and training to our students. Having the ability to work with such a program is an invaluable experience for the students and is a key to their success in their future careers in the mining industry.”