The Minnovare History
Founders Callum McCracken and Mick Beilby worked in the downhole instrumentation space and spent a lot of time on site. During that time, the pair identified that the process used to set up a drill was labour intensive, time consuming and inaccurate. And upon engaging with geologists and drillers to better understand the problem, they realized the current process was time consuming, prone to human error and reduced available time for drilling each shift.
And from that moment, Minnovare was born.
Minnovare expanded globally in 2015, and now service customers across the world from their Australian and Canadian bases.
“At Minnovare, we continually focus on delivering value to our clients by implementing step change technology that addresses significant deficiencies in conventional drilling practices.
We ensure that this value is delivered over the long term by applying effective change management plans through our approach to training and implementation. We encourage customer success with our approach to aftermarket service/support and personalized customer management.”
– Callum McCracken.
FUN FACT: “Minnovare is a combination of the Italian word “innovare” which means ‘to innovate’ with the word “mining”.
Companies we’ve worked with:
“We didn’t redrill a hole for Azimuth being outside tolerance while we used the Azimuth Aligner®.”
Susan Marriott, Senior Project Geologist at LIGHTNING NICKEL
“Previous hole alignments could be up to 1.5 hours; with the Azimuth Aligner® it now takes no longer than 5 minutes. Prior to the Azimuth Aligner® our surveying staff were required to set-out and drill in tens of backsight pins into the back wall. The Azimuth Aligner® negates the need for this process. Both instances have an obvious financial saving and production boost as were seen in our increased metre rates per shift”
Stuart Perazzo, Senior Exploration Geologist at NEWMONT MINING
“The return on investment for using the Azimuth Aligner® is the efficiency it provides by reducing set up time.”
Allan Stone, Site Supervisor, SWICK MINING SERVICES
“The Production Optimizer system is very simple to use. Greatly improved efficiency by being able to quickly line up on a hole. Drilling accuracy has also greatly improved. 1000x better than the old system!”
John Amailon, Long-Hole Driller at NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES – POGO
“The Production Optimizer system is way better than the old one. The new system is deadly accurate – there is no comparison! Holes can be drilled in a tight pattern without intersecting each other.
Mike Schenck, Long-Hole Driller at NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES – POGO
“We like to partner with businesses such as Minnovare and LiveMine who not only provide industry leading technology, but take into consideration our feedback and the specific needs of our operation. This collaboration will streamline our process and eliminate duplicate information, meaning our team can have confidence to make smarter, faster decisions on data we can trust.”
Chris Davidson, Former Underground Manager at Silverlake Resources
“In 2018, the majority of stope designs were 2.5m to 3.5m, now they are 1.5m-2.5m. This has helped us realise – AUD$59M worth of gold ounces that otherwise would have been left in the ground.”
Thao Nguyen, Senior Mining Engineer at Aeris Resources, Cracow Mine
“The team on site have embraced the Production Optimizer, offering support for clients from training to installation and set-up. We’ve seen the significant benefits it offers not just our clients, but also for our own drilling productivity and ease of set-up.”
Andrew Ross, General Manager at PerseVerance Drilling
“Since the implementation of the Minnovare Production Optimiser on the boom and horseshoe production drill rigs there has been a significant reduction in drill hole deviation and face time lost due to set up and collaring errors. This results in a significantly more efficient, accurate and ultimately a higher quality result for our clients. The system is operator friendly, easy to maintain and is another reliable and effective tool to have in the production drilling arsenal to ensure success in long hole stoping operations in challenging conditions.”
Bruce Caldwell, Project Manager at EMECO (PNP) Southern Cross Operations
“I am happy to report the results to date have been excellent with our client pleased with the accuracy and improvement in rig set-up. Additionally, the training provided was first class with good feedback from our operators on how the system was delivered to them. Furthermore, the after sales service from your team was genuine shows your commitment to your costumers and in your produce.”