The province is investing an additional $2.1 million to provide students in Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co., with a modern and effective learning environment. The province is working with the Strait Regional School Board to renovate and add to St. Mary’s Academy to create a Primary to Grade 12 school. The renovations will allow the board to replace the aging St. Mary’s Education Centre which is a Primary to Grade 7 school. “The province is putting kids and learning first by providing the best learning environment for students to be successful,” said Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “By working with our partners, we will ensure that we meet the needs of students and the community for many years to come.” The project involves new classrooms and building an addition, which will include a second gymnasium, multi-purpose area, music room and drama-art rooms. The province had already invested $2 million in the project as part of the 2012-13 capital plan. “The completion of the addition to St. Mary’s Academy will provide an updated and enhanced facility to provide programs and services to our students and to the communities the school serves,” said Betty Mills, chair of St. Mary’s school advisory council. “The new facilities will also provide a dedicated space for adults with special needs to come together in an inclusive and welcoming environment that recognizes, values, promotes and celebrates their strengths and contributions to the wider communities.” St. Mary’s Academy has 146 students in grades 8-12 while St. Mary’s Education Centre has 173 students. The $6.3-million project is expected to be completed during the 2013-14 school year.
Mintec will release MineSight Atlas, a manual scheduling and stockpile management system in June. MineSight provides a resource-based, true calendar approach to scheduling, and manages all material movement and reclaim. It uses multiple block models and makes mine areas for open pit and underground mining easy to mange.Glenn Wylde, Mintec Vice President – Technical said “Atlas is unlike anything else on the market. It will make a profound impression on the industry. Everything is new, and we’ve built it with functionality and usability in mind. You see the initial configuration, and then each of the functions required to perform just flows beautifully for the Atlas user.”The ability to route material through a network of destinations distinguishes Atlas from the competition, says Wylde. “Imagine the material being extracted from your underground stope or from your pit and then routing it to a series of destinations. Atlas allows you this incredible flexibility of establishing your whole destination network, of giving the schedule opening stocks for stockpiles, and then the ability to route material, to crushers, to bulk material, to stockpiles, and then reclaim from them, and even the ability to auto-reclaim from stockpiles, to meet targets at the crusher.”Mintec’s flagship product, MineSight 3D has been designed to work with Atlas, integrating the design, the reserves, the animation and the visualization of the product. Atlas is also integrated with MineSight Haulage. So when scheduling, users who have designed a network of haulage profiles can automatically calculate their equipment cycle times and report them inside Atlas. It’s all supported by MineSight Planning Database for secure data management. MineSight Atlas also has a true activity and calendar based scheduler.“Atlas’s rich reporting and visualization offers multiple Gantt views. So the mine planner can look at just their drilling or mining. They can bring it all together in one big master view and the ability to animate results is sublime.”