Turin (Italy): Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of Atletico Madrid’s vaunted defense, and then mocked its coach as well. Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient Spanish side to send Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win as the Bianconeri fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat. The former Real Madrid player outjumped Atletico’s defenders to score a header in each half and then converted a late penalty for his first hat trick since joining Juventus in the summer and just when they needed it most. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together He celebrated at the final whistle by mimicking the obscene gesture Atletico coach Diego Simeone made after the Spanish side’s second goal in the first leg having the final say against a rival he so often defeated as a Real Madrid player. Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ( 22,500) by UEFA for improper conduct and it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will face a similar punishment. It was Ronaldo’s eighth hat trick in the Champions League, moving him level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and demonstrating why Juventus paid Real Madrid 112 million euros (then 131.5 million) for the Portugal star who has dominated the competition in recent years. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open It was the first time Juventus came back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg. “Maybe that’s why Juventus signed me,” Ronaldo said. “To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we’re strong and we showed it.” The 34-year-old Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, including in four of the last five seasons. Without him, Madrid was eliminated by Ajax last week. However, Ronaldo had only scored one goal in the competition for Juventus until Tuesday. “It would have been strange if Ronaldo’s Champions League season ended with only one goal,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “Juventus signed him for nights like this and tonight he made the difference.” For Atletico, it was more heartache in the competition in the year the final is being held in its Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and more pain caused by Ronaldo. While at Madrid, Ronaldo helped beat Atletico in two Champions League finals. He has also now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career. “He’s the best in the world,” Simeone said. “We suffered, as happened to them in the first leg. They’re through and that’s right. They deserved it … Maybe I didn’t manage to transmit to my players what we needed.” Juventus thought it had taken the lead less than three minutes into the game but VAR confirmed that Ronaldo had fouled Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini fired in the rebound. Italy forward Federico Bernardeschi was handed a start instead of Paulo Dybala for Juventus, and he responded by putting in a cross from the left for Ronaldo to head in at the far post in the 27th minute. Bernardeschi also had several chances to extend Juve’s lead notably with an audacious overhead kick in the 35th minute which flew narrowly over. Ronaldo went close again shortly before halftime when he again outjumped everyone but headed Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross wide of the right post. Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break. Joao Cancelo put in a cross from the right and although Oblak clawed Ronaldo’s header out from under his crossbar, goal-line technology confirmed the ball had crossed the line. Juventus went all out attack and got the decisive third goal four minutes from time. Bernardeschi was nudged over in the penalty area and Ronaldo converted the resulting spot kick to send the home fans wild. In another fixture, Manchester City humiliated Schalke 7-0 to win the Champions League knockout stage tie 10-2 on aggregate and claim a berth in the quarterfinals. Sergio “Kun” Agüero had a brace for the hosts at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium late on Tuesday. Already leading 3-2 after the first leg in Gelsenkirchen, City dominated from the start of the contest and virtually all of the action was in front of visiting goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann. Schalke coach Dominico Tedesco fielded an attack-oriented side, but they struggled to find any gaps in the City defence and left themselves vulnerable. City threatened in the 13th minute, when Kyle Walker’s deep pass found Raheem Sterling, who advanced toward the goal and left the ball for Agüero, whose strike hit the post. Twenty minutes later, City’s Bernardo Silva went down in the area after being brushed by defender Jeffrey Bruma and referee Clement Turpin pointed to the spot. Though the penalty looked soft, Turpin felt no need to consult VAR and Agüero coolly converted in the 35th minute to give City a two-goal overall lead. The Argentine international needed just three minutes to get his second of the night, taking a pass from Sterling and slipping the ball under Fährmann. With Schalke forced to press forward, City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko got the ball to a wide-open Leroy Sane and the German scored against his former club to make it 3-0 on the night and a daunting 6-2 overall in the 42nd minute. City, despite the more-than-comfortable lead, did not let up in the second half and scored twice in the opening 10 minutes after the re-start. The first, by Sane, was disallowed for an offside. Sterling’s goal in the 56th minute looked set to suffer the same fate until VAR confirmed that all of the attacking players were onside. Even as City slowed the pace, the nightmare continued for Schalke. Bernardo Silva scored from inside the box in the 71st minute, seven minutes before Phil Foden made it 6-0 (9-2) with a great assist from Sane. Gabriel Jesus delivered the final blow with six minutes left. City, the Premier League holders, are headed to the Champions League quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
22 February 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged Nigeria to increase control measures on poultry farms, including targeted vaccination, and in markets to prevent the spread of bird flu and reduce the risk of further human cases in Africa’s most populous country and its spread to neighbouring countries. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged Nigeria to increase control measures on poultry farms, including targeted vaccination, and in markets to prevent the spread of bird flu and reduce the risk of further human cases in Africa’s most populous country and its spread to neighbouring countries. In a statement issued after a mission to Nigeria, FAO said the virus is still circulating in poultry flocks with outbreaks reported in at least 10 states over the past few months. The virus probably spread along major trade routes, placing neighbouring countries at risk from birds moved informally across borders and increased surveillance could ensure that countries detect an incursion of disease without delay, it added. “The first confirmed case of H5N1 infection in humans in Nigeria shows that there is a continuing danger of human exposure to the virus from high-risk practices, such as handling sick or dead chickens, and especially from unsafe slaughtering of poultry at home or in markets,” FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech said. Nigeria is so far the only sub-Saharan country to have reported a human bird flu fatality, its first and only case so far. The only other sub-Saharan country affected is Djibouti on the opposite, eastern side of the continent, with one non-fatal case, but Egypt to the north has so far suffered 22 cases, 13 of them fatal. Poultry are brought to markets in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city with about 9 million inhabitants, from all over the country, including from states that have suffered H5N1 outbreaks. It is therefore not surprising that people buying chickens and slaughtering them at home may be exposed to infection. Even where poultry are slaughtered in markets, hygiene conditions are very poor. FAO is increasing technical support to the country with expert advice, supplies and equipment to help bring the disease under control, and has launched an active disease surveillance programme funded by the European Union. Consumption of poultry is safe if it does not come from outbreak areas and is properly cooked. Slaughtering or preparation should be undertaken with basic hygiene measures such as washing hands, knives and surfaces. Farmers should introduce strict procedures to prevent the disease from entering their farms including disinfection of all materials coming onto their property. Contact between poultry and wild birds should be prevented. New poultry for rearing should come only from sources that are guaranteed to be free from avian influenza. Some 300,000 poultry in Nigeria have died due to H5N1 and another 400,000 have been culled as part of control measures. There have so far been 274 confirmed human cases worldwide, 167 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. UN health officials have been on constant alert to detect any mutation that could make the disease more easily transmissible in humans and in a worst case scenario lead to a deadly pandemic. Nearly all human cases so far have been traced to contact with infected birds. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide.
“This initiative shows that Somali farmers are not helpless. With minimal assistance including agricultural inputs, tools, technical skills in storage, grading and marketing, they can make a great difference,” said Luca Alinovi, outgoing representative in Somalia for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO), one of the two UN agencies backing the project.UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Representative Stefano Porretti described the initiative “as a significant achievement for the participating farmers” and a milestone for WFP’s operations in Somalia. “Strengthening livelihoods and increasing resiliency is an integral part of WFP’s strategy in Somalia,” Mr. Porretti added. “WFP will continue to support small-scale farmers in Somalia by empowering them to produce and sell more food, so as to become competitive players in local markets.”The initiative is backed by funding from the Government of Austria which allowed the UN to buy 200 metric tons of high-quality maize from the farmers, for redistribution in other parts of the country. For the past 12 years, experts from FAO and WFP, supported by the EU, have worked with communities to increase the quality of their production to meet international standards. Farmers were also trained to limit losses by keeping the grain free of contamination and pests, and how to handle, store and manage grain in warehouses.Despite these advances, Somali farmers only meet 40 per cent of the country’s domestic cereal demand. According to the latest figures from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 857,000 people inside Somalia are currently “in crisis and emergency conditions” in terms of food insecurity.Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability. In 2011, Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu and last year, new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Parts of the country have now stabilized, allowing the UN to try to scale up the food initiative.
At an event held at UN Headquarters in New York today and bringing together senior Organization officials, diplomatic leaders and development experts, the United Nations-supported Roll Back Malaria Partnership confirmed that 64 out of 97 countries are now on track to meet the malaria-specific Millennium Development Goal (MDG) aimed at reversing malaria incidence by 2015. “Together, we have already made huge strides in our efforts to combat this preventable and treatable disease,” Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, told those gathered. “Nevertheless, there is still more work to be done to achieve a world free of malaria,” he continued. “To reach our goals, we must have continued investments and sustained political commitments for malaria control and elimination.”According to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria mortality rates have decreased by 47 per cent worldwide and 54 per cent in Africa alone since 2000. Since 2001, it is estimated that more than 4 million malaria-related deaths have been averted, approximately 97 per cent of which have been children under five. The event – which comes ahead of this year’s commemoration of World Malaria Day, marked on 25 April – also spotlighted the $100 billion price tag required to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease by 2030. To that point, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership noted that despite its high cost, the investment nevertheless carried “a significant return”: a potential 12 million lives saved, nearly 3 billion cases averted globally and a global gain of $270 billion if the disease is eradicated in sub-Saharan Africa alone. “A new generation now has the chance to grow up and contribute to their societies thanks to the work carried out by the malaria community,” Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations said in his remarks to the event. “Fighting malaria is indeed one of the most cost-effective public health investments of our time. We cannot afford to stop investing now.”
Thursday night, the record-setting Golden State Warriors avoided playoff elimination, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reigning MVP Steph Curry had 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but questions remain about whether, after suffering a knee injury early in the playoffs, this is the same Curry who laid waste to the league throughout the season and if he can finish digging the Warriors out of a 3-1 series hole.Curry has shot 35 percent from three in eight games since first being injured, far below his regular-season average of 45 percent. Here’s a breakdown of his 3-point shooting relative to the quality of shots (as divined by the NBA’s player-tracking data) he’s taken throughout the season: Compared with his regular-season showing, post-injury Curry has maintained a high volume of shots with comparable shot quality: He’s taken 10.6 3-point attempts per game with average expected value per shot of .97 points, versus. 11.2 and .98 during the regular season.Relative to expectation, however, Curry has been mortal. He isn’t shooting “badly” by NBA standards, but he has been awful by his own. Curry averaged a flabbergasting .38 points above expectation per 3-point attempt in the regular season, but he’s averaged just .08 points per shot above expectation post-injury. Previously, his worst eight-game stretch was .09 and came from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2.The average 3-pointer taken by a Curry teammate this year had an expected value of 1.1 points, and the Warriors shot .09 better than expectation on them. In other words, since returning from injury, Curry has been chucking like his MVP self but has been connecting like any old Warrior.On the one hand, it is probably good news for the Warriors that Curry appears to be getting his usual looks at his usual frequency since his return. On the other hand, any evidence that Curry isn’t really himself is bad news, because the Warriors are in desperate need of some flabbergasting performances if they hope to repeat.
A “super head” with an alcohol problem killed himself amid fears he would be suspended from his job, an inquest has heard.Gary Vyse – considered a leading light in his role running six academies as chief executive of The Williamson Trust in Medway, Kent, and head of the Hundred Hoo Academy – took his own life.An inquest heard the 37-year-old headteacher, who was found hanged at his home on February 12, had suffered problems at work, with his relationship and also “heavy drinking”.Mr Vyse had previously told a doctor he was “drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low and was self-harming”, the coroner was told.At a resumed inquest, assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn heard was discovered dead by his friend, Michaela Bartlett, at his home in Rochester, Kent.Detective Sergeant Debra Cummings told the coroner on the day of his death, Mr Vyse sent “messages of an emotional nature” to Ms Bartlett, who was described in the inquest as Mr Vyse’s girlfriend – but this was disputed by a family member at the inquest. Then on November 9 2017, he told the doctor he was “feeling much better”. Dr Murphy last had contact with Mr Vyse on November 2017 when Mr Vyse wanted to rebook an appointment.The cause of death was given as suspension. A toxicologist report showed Mr Vyse had 247 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood in his system – which is three times the legal drink-drive limit.Ms Hepburn told the inquest in Maidstone, Kent: “In December 2017 Mr Vyse stayed with his parents for a period of time and references having problems with work, relationship problems and also heavy drinking.” Credit:Google Street View She ruled a conclusion of suicide and gave condolences to the family. Mr Vyse hit the headlines in 2016 when he criticised parents for allowing pupils at the Hundred of Hoo Academy to wear fake tan, heavy lipstick and foundation.The headteacher told parents and pupils “school is not a fashion parade”. He said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’Det Sgt Debra Cummings At a later appointment on October 26 2017, Mr Vyse told Dr Murphy he was drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low, was self-harming but would not consider suicide because of his two young children. He also told her he feared he was about to be suspended from work and was due to meet bosses at the Trust over a possible disciplinary matter, the inquest heard.No suicide note was found, but three packets of a drug used to treat depression, were discovered. The coroner asked the officer about the “tone” of the messages Mr Vyse sent Ms Bartlett before his death.Det Sgt Cummings said: “The overriding tone was that Mr Vyse was feeling fairly depressed, some of the messages were not clear, but they were emotional. In one he said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’.”He also made comments saying “what will be will be” and “I will love you with my last breath”, she said, adding: “They gave the impression he was saying goodbye.”The coroner read out a report from Mr Vyse’s GP, Dr Murphy, who confirmed he had been prescribed medication for depression.His first contact with him was in 2016 when Mr Vyse told his GP he was “stressed at work, not sleeping and wanted to go on anti-depressants”. She told the hearing: “One of the messages stated he was feeling anxious and sad, was not enjoying his job and felt people wanted him to fail.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
IT played its role in the fantastic rescue last month in Chile (http://www.im-mining.com/2010/10/14/san-jose-rescue-proceedingsuccessfully-first-miners-out/). The collapse in the San José mine occurred on August 5 and on August 11 Maptek received a call from the team that was working on the rescue, asking for help on the drilling control and 3D display to map the drill holes. Maptek immediately sent one of its Mine Engineers, Alvaro Quezada, to the site to help. Following this, Estibaliz Echabarría from the Maptek I-Site team travelled to the site to conduct surveys of the region.This data was taken into Maptek Vulcan 3D software to create an accurate topographic model and 3D representation of the complex underground workings to understand where the 33 miners were trapped. Alvaro then helped to design the direction and orientation of the drill hole which targeted the tunnel, named the Esperanza (Hope) drill hole. Maptek Geologist, Sandra Jara, working the shift on August 22, witnessed the first contact with the miners when she heard the men tapping on the drill as it entered the chamber where they were trapped. She immediately telephoned Maptek South American Vice-President Marcelo Arancibia and exclaimed “Marcelo, there is life down there!”Sandra then helped to design and control the orientation of the next two drill holes that also successfully made contact with the 33 miners. This final drill hole was the one used for the Plan B access shaft that was used to rescue the men. Maptek said: “This team work, between staff from companies such as BHP Escondida, Codelco, Collahuasi, Geoatacama, Geotec and Maptek, was carried out discreetly and efficiently, with the sole focus on achieving the amazing outcome. Maptek is grateful to Walter Veliz (BHP Escondida), Felipe Mattews (Geoatacama), Nicolas Cruz (BHP Escondida), Oscar Castro (Codelco), and Andre Sougarret (Codelco) for their assistance and guidance. Maptek is honoured to participate and to be able to use our skills and technology to help with the rescue.”Turning to more mundane consideration of software, one finds it is not in fact mundane as real time is now for resource planning, according to HighGrade. Mining information technology (IT) companies are optimistic for continuing high-level investment in technology by mining companies despite a slowdown in some parts of the market over the past 18 months. Business leaders have told HighGrade growth in emerging markets, and the increasing emphasis on ‘connectivity’ from the pit to the port, are among the key drivers of a potential ‘Golden Age’ for mining IT investment.One such very recent example is Micromine winning a contract from Cayeli Bakir Isletmeleri, a subsidiary of Inmet Mining, to supply and install its mine production control solution, PITRAM, at Cayeli mine in Turkey. This will “increase operational efficiencies at Cayeli by capturing data in real-time and improving the site’s reporting capabilities,” Micromine says. The first stage of implementation is expected to be complete by late December 2010. Micromine’s mine production management and control system, PITRAM, manages and coordinates all functions within a mine site; mine development, production, equipment and maintenance. It tracks and reconciles the delivery and quality of the ore. It provides production and activity reports in real time, allowing key personnel to view and monitor the location and status of all equipment and personnel.Cayeli Mine Manager, Phil Jay, comments that “After considering various mining solutions, PITRAM was selected due to its proven record of introducing operational improvements and increased efficiencies within underground mine sites. I have used PITRAM at three other operations and am confident that the solution will deliver positive results at Cayeli”.Micromine UK Manager, James Hogg, comments that “PITRAM users can visualise and manage all mine site operations as they occur. Micromine’s Shift Planner Module will allow Cayeli to implement a production plan within a real-time environment, and use shortinterval control methods to manage daily activities.“Cayeli’s material movements will be closely tracked using the Grade Control Module which enables real-time management of stockpiles. The reports available from Grade Control provide valuable Key Performance Indicators which can be used to assess the outcomes from production related Business Process Improvement initiatives. Through PITRAM, Cayeli will be able to identify areas of constraint and where greater efficiencies could occur. Most importantly, management will have increased control over its operation,” Hogg concludes.In May, Mincom introduced Ellipse 8, which it describes as “the industry’s most modern and complete Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution set. Mincom Ellipse 8 provides a fully integrated and mobile-enabled suite of business-critical applications that improves return on assets and workforce productivity, while also addressing the challenges inherent in remote and geographically dispersed operations that distinguish asset-heavy industries from corporate-office environments.“Mincom Ellipse 8 is the culmination of extensive and detailed input from our customers, as well as three decades of deep industry and domain expertise,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Mincom. “Mincom now delivers the power of its best-in-class EAM and mobile workforce management solutions to assetintensive businesses that have adopted ERP solutions from Oracle or SAP. Equally significant, Ellipse 8 incorporates best practices from PAS 55, the emerging best-practices framework for asset management, and supports businesses around the world as they embrace this approach.”Because Mincom Ellipse 8 includes mobile workforce management applications for inspections, asset surveying, field-process automation and mobile work planning, customers can use Mincom Ellipse 8 to ensure workers with the right skills will be at the right location, with the right information needed to complete a job.“No other EAM solution provides a fully integrated mobile workforce management solution based on an enterprise-scalable mobile platform, with both planned and realtime capabilities for scheduling and dispatching workers,” said Clark.Representing the new enterprise standard for asset-intensive organizations worldwide, Mincom Ellipse 8 is comprised of three fundamental components: Ellipse 8 applications for asset-intensive EAM and ERP; the new Mincom Integration Platform, an enterprise integration platform that delivers out-of-the-box integration to leading ERP solutions and an enterprise-scalable mobile application platform; and Mincom Enterprise Reporting & Analytics, an open and integrated solution delivering advanced analytics and intelligent reporting.Ellipse 8 also introduces two new paradigms for asset management:Risk and criticality: The ability to plan, monitor and change asset strategies, and manage assets in terms of both risk and criticality by providing a framework for the structured prioritization of work and maintenance, improving asset availability and ultimately service delivery to customers.Geospatial perspective: Enables location-based asset management with out-of-thebox GIS such as ESRI, GE Smallworld, Intergraph and MapInfo.Advanced Work Planning – Ellipse 8 now delivers true workforce optimisation, including management of third-party contractors. Its new work-planning capabilities employ GIS, and both long- and short-term planning and scheduling of work and asset maintenance, to deliver a closed-loop process for work management.Ellipse 8 offers asset-intensive businesses total asset visibility, including the location and status of an asset, as well as visibility of critical parts associated with that asset, and the optimisation of parts inventory to the asset strategy. In addition, it ensures financial fidelity of an asset, enabling businesses to understand the true cost and capital investment of an asset at any point in its lifecycle.Commented Ralph Rio, Research Director of enterprise software, ARC Advisory Group, Ellipse 8 “represents a substantial step forward in four key areas: technology, functionality, ease of use, and open architecture. The software is deployed in pure Java on Linux and can be run in a cloud model. And with configuration down to the fields displayed in a particular screen, the software can be customised to match a customer’s workflow and business processes. The open standards enable collaboration with other applications and people across an enterprise – a key theme in ARC’s strategic advice to its clients.”In 2010 a new and substantial player in the arena emerged in the form of CAE, a listed company headquartered in Canada. CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defense forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.6 billion, the company employs more than 7,000 people in 20 countries. As part of its growth strategy, CAE is making targeted investments of up to C$274 million, with participation of the Quebec government, over seven years in the areas of mining, energy and healthcare. As the first step in this initiative, CAE recently acquired the Datamine Group in order to form a high quality nucleus around which it aims to build a very substantial force in the mining market. This new force will be branded as CAE Mining.CAE’s modelling, simulation and training expertise (along with a targeted investment strategy) will be combined with Datamine’s orebody modelling, mine planning and optimisation expertise to offer turnkey solutions to plan, manage, operate and optimise mining operations.In recent months, CAE Mining has reacted to considerable market demand for data fusion, collaboration hubs and improved governance of technical processes. As a result, the company has a number of MineTrust projects in implementation phase with major mining houses. They are also in advanced discussions with a number of clients for design of operational control centres, something CAE has substantial experience in through the defense and civil emergency response industries as well as several recent projects in the mining sector.An investment already bearing fruit in CAE Mining is the establishment of an executive consulting group. This group is focused on bottom line improvements in mining operations and strategic planning. All consultants have Masters and/or PHD qualifications coupled with at least 15 years of industry experience. This group works closely with its clients to identify and implement practical solutions to improve financial performance in mining and processing operations. They also provide a client centric feedback loop for CAE Mining’s technology investment strategy, ensuring the company’s products align with industry requirements into the future.Latest InSiteIn August Gemcom Software International unveiled the latest release of its award-winning InSiteTM mine production management solution. This gives operations the tools and real-time data needed to improve production management from the mine to final product. It allows operations to link production data, costs, and planned versus actual production. The result should be greater efficiency, lower costs, and the ability to continuously improve performance of all processes, activities, and equipment.“The mining industry has increased its emphasis to improving bottom-line results by maximising the value of their production assets and by reacting with greater agility to changes in commodity prices and the economy. InSite provides them with the tools and data needed to achieve these goals,” said Allen Vaughn, Executive Vice President of Gemcom’s Enterprise Business Unit. “Every operation is unique, with different deposits, equipment, staff, and mine and plant configurations. We work closely with our clients to understand their mining value chain to deliver a solution that is matched to their needs. Today, InSite is used throughout the world, supporting these diverse commodities.”Key InSite benefits include:■ Management of production from the mine, trucking, plant, stockpiling, processing, to final product■ Identifying production and equipment problems that may otherwise remain hidden■ Monitoring of equipment performance to eliminate bottlenecks and control costs■ Improved alignment between planned and actual production■ A higher degree of confidence in production numbers and compliance of systems through auditing, traceability, and data integrity■ Providing the catalyst for continuous improvement by empowering Plan-Do-Check-Act decision making.“Managing day-to-day operations requires tracking mass and grade throughout the operation and comparing this with planned production. It also necessitates equipment and operational issues to be readily identifiable so they can be dealt with quickly,” said Charlie Forrest, Product Manager. “Our InSite solution enables this by providing mining operations with powerful real-time alerts and analysis of all aspects of their operation, including stockpiles, equipment performance, operational systems, and material balance. The result is planned and actual production can be reconciled more effectively and the operation continuously improved.”Detecting early-stage performance deterioration in systems and processes on a real-time basis is critical to minimising downtime and avoiding failures along the critical path. Equipment failures can lead to significant downtime and delays. InSite provides the data required to anticipate these issues and enable follow up action to keep production on track.Establishing a clear and accurate view of what is happening at an operation begins with having a high degree of confidence in production data. InSite enables this through real-time integration of operational data and validation of material movements, activities, and surveys. This is further enhanced with a robust calculation engine that enables mass and grade changes to propagate to material movements and stockpiles, ensuring the most accurate view at all times. With mass and grade data that is fully auditable and traceable, data integrity and system compliance is assured.Centerra Gold’s Boroo mine, located in Mongolia, employs InSite as a sustainable solution that enables it to better leverage the data produced at the mining operation. “InSite manages our mine production from the pit, trucking, plant, stockpiling and heap leaching, all the way to final product. The ability to manage and analyse our stockpiles and equipment utilisation from crushed t/h to SAG mill utilisation provides timely, consolidated, and audited information to decision makers. InSite has improved our processes, taking them from days to hours,” said Alex Petermann, Chief Mining Engineer, Boroo Gold.In other InSite news, in June, Gemcom and Sandvik Mining and Construction (SMC) agreed to collaborate to develop a system and interface for monitoring underground mobile mining equipment. The two companies are teaming on an innovative equipment performance and production tracking solution that will further improve consolidation and validation of information from mine operational systems. “InSite features innovative technology that monitors in near real time equipment, events, and tracks production, which enables timely operational decision making. This industryleading technology, when combined with Sandvik’s sophisticated OptimineTM capabilities, will allow mining companies to follow up on their production, equipment, and personnel performance metrics in a simple and effective manner. Ultimately, they will be better able to manage and utilise their capital expenditures, and be able to back up business decisions with hard data,” says Rauno Pitkänen, Manager of Projects, Systems and New Offering, SMC.Most recently the company has released Gemcom MineSchedTM 7.0, the latest version of its next generation scheduling software for surface and underground mines of all types and sizes. MineSched provides mining companies with the capabilities they need to develop economic, easy-to-mine schedules to maximise productivity and profits. It integrates underground development and production scheduling to enable better overall schedules to be created. It makes this possible through unified workflows for development and production scheduling, providing a consistent and intuitive user experience.Another key addition in this version, available to surface and underground mines, is combined interactive and automated scheduling, an innovation coupling automated scheduling techniques with the ability to selectively schedule on a period-by-period basis to save significant time in schedule creation. “With MineSched 7.0, the industry has the most advanced scheduling user experience available today. When we set out to develop this version, our objective was to extend MineSched’s renowned ease of use and sophistication to the development domain so better underground schedules could be created faster,” said Robin Sweeny, Gemcom’s Product Manager for MineSched. “The integration of development and production scheduling in MineSched 7.0 will lead to improved mining efficiencies and reduced costs for a number of reasons, such as the ability to include ore and waste from development headings in the material flow network through the mine operation. Further benefits will be realised through the combination of interactive and automated scheduling, which will result in significant time savings in updating and generating schedules for both underground and surface mines.”“MineSched gives us the tools we need to create a schedule and then run it using different scenarios to find a near optimal solution. When scheduling underground mines, the software has enabled us to accomplish development and production scheduling faster, while giving us greater ability to run sensitivities on different options. By applying standard financial analysis to the MineSched results it is possible to quickly view each scheduling alternative with associated economic value,” commented Martin Drennan, Principal Engineer, Python Mining Consultants. MineSched 7.0 benefits include:■ Unified development and production scheduling results in more efficient, easy to produce, and cost-effective schedules■ Intuitive five-step workflow guides users through the scheduling process, ensuring consistency of work and enabling new users to be proficient quickly■ Conveniently manage all development and production scheduling parameters within a single scenario■ Unique Setup Development user interface with a close interaction between the 3D display and data grids where parameters are entered simplifies the configuration of development headings■ Ability to rapidly reproduce scenarios across development and production with a single mouse click to efficiently compare scheduling alternatives■ Combined interactive and automated scheduling saves users significant time by permitting users to resume scheduling from any period without the need to regenerate the schedule from the beginning■ Schedules can be paused at any point in the scheduling process to see results up to the last full period scheduled■ Analysis of the schedule across development and production using combined views in MineSched’s unique visual dashboard.Smart mine, smart managementThe Dynamics AX (DAX) Mining, Minerals and Processing (MMP) solution is based on over 15 years of experience in mining. This experience highlighted the cost and limitations of bespoke integration and extensive use of non integrated spreadsheet in key departments, resulting in the silos of information and thinking. Frustrated management and concerned auditors expect improvements, but little choice is available. The integrated MMP modules will help bring together thedistributed parts of the operation in daily decisions that will help maintain throughput and quality.Axnosis and Solitech launched the integrated suite of DAX MMP. The key features being integrated – i.e., Lims to Ledgers, Asset to Accounts Payable, PLC to P&L, also integrated to Microsoft Excel and pivotally a business process Template (MS4Mine) for operations Blueprints. MMP consisting of the two modules MMP Commercial and MMP Operations. The commercial modules provide integrated management to projects, procurement, stores, assets and plant maintenance. The modules are Stores, Procurement (supplier to stock), Projects (plan to accounts payable) and Plant and Fleet Maintenance (asset to accounts receivable).In MMP Operations there is the Production Accounting (PAM & LIMS) (LIMS to Ledger) module. The PAM1 module manages the mine value chain from panel to port. From the geology planning system a short term plan is down loaded to PAM for execution. The PAM2 module integrates to plant SCADA and LIMS to provide an automated model for calculating metallurgical streams, balances and lock-up, costing and stock replenishment. The PAM3 minerals sales module provides a sales and logistics function; customer contracts with analysis requirements and pricing terms; inventory levels with sample analysis results; as well as weighbridge integration and product allocation and finalisation of invoice-able quantities and values. LIMS provide laboratory instrumentation integration, and is dedicated to the mine laboratory to automate unit tasks performed by analytical staff. The integration into PAM1, 2 and 3 greatly improves crucial assay visibility and retest scenarios.The other two Operations modules are Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) and Software Integration Module (SIM). John Wilson, Director, Solitech says competing in the future with low cash cost calls for smarter moves, and for most, a reinvention of how MMP companies manage their core operations through information and know-how.■ Instrumented: using sensors and “smart” devices to gain greater visibility■ Integrated: interconnecting the entire value chain■ Intelligent: advanced analytics, simulation and modelling to manage increasing complexity■ Innate: visible blueprints and models of processes, roles and structures.“Well functioning instrumented, integrated and intelligent value chains improve performance. It is a general unstoppable trend in our modern world. The complexity of a smarter value chain hold MMPs back when faced with skills shortages and remote locations.”MS4Mine (Modelling and Simulation 4 Miners) provides a simple, method for managing the instrumented and integrated organisation. Optimisation necessitates changes in people roles, technologies and processes. The simultaneous changes of all three require a roadmap shared between all stakeholders. The most critical time of the MMP’s life is at the design and start-up of a new site. Teething problems occur at these stages and frequently delay the start of full production and lead to isolated silos developing. MS4Mine provides an integrated platform for operational support for life of mine. Transform data to insight for decision makers, through intranet self taught to knowhow. Sensor to board room systems become manageable and maintainable for and by the miner, ultimately improving cash cost through consistent throughput.■ Template for predefined standard mining and plant operations.■ SCADA tools for process control mapping and integration■ Simulation engine for mine value chain processes■ P4B core platform■ Microsoft Technologies: SharePoint, Visio, Excel.Solitech is the exclusive distributor of P4B to the mining sector. Its says its mission is “to help miners achieve smarter operations across different planning, ERP, SCADA, OPC and other islands of software. The P4B core module is a flexible familiar modelling tool.”Global Integrated Solutions (GIS) works exclusively with companies in the mining industry around the world to implement business management/ERP systems using the fully integrated PRONTO-Xi platform. GIS says it “delivers immediate benefits and lasting value to clients by leveraging the decades of hands on industry experience many of our employees have from their previous careers in the resource sector. This unmatched international industry experience allows GIS to have an excellent understanding of the challenges clients face and the functionality they require.”PRONTO-Xi is currently being used by drilling companies, small exploration companies, as well as by junior producers with a single producing mine site to large multi site and multinational Tier 1 mining companies. In addition, it is widely used by various suppliers, contractors and consultants to the industry. In fact, there are over 200 companies in the mining industry alone that have chosen PRONTO-Xi to fulfil their business management needs. As a fully integrated and fully scalable real time ERP/business management system for mining, PRONTO-Xi from GIS allows users to focus on:■ Saving money – seamlessly integrate general ledger, accounts payable, fixed assets, project costing, purchasing, inventory, warehouse and planned and preventative maintenance activities, as well as HR and payroll■ Providing efficient operating procedures – well thought out and developed business processes are mirrored in PRONTO-Xi, allowing personnel to know the necessary steps to get the job done quickly and correctly■ Increasing transparency – full drill down and drill back capability throughout PRONTO-Xi gives the clarity to see the bigger picture of how the various activities across departments impact the bottom line■ Saving time – eliminate error prone rekeying and manual data entry tasks allowing the redeployment of staff to more profitable activities■ Controlling costs – maintain facilities by tracking the movement of assets and plan for both predictive and preventative maintenance activity to optimise cashflow and eliminate unnecessary downtime in operations.The new Midas 2.0 version from Siemens Industry Solutions provides mine operators with a further improved database driven software solution to boost the efficiency of mining machines that feature Siemens electrical drives. The software includes a data logger, a visualisation tool and a report generator. Compared with the previous version, the database connection has been updated in particular and the user interface given a simpler and more flexible design. Built on the solid foundation of the .NET platform, the Midas 2.0 solution uses an active SQL Server database to deliver substantial performance increases over the previous release. SQL Server Reporting Services generates predefined reports, as well as custom reports spanning any time period and covering any number of machines. This important new feature significantly increases worker productivity by eliminating the need to retrieve data logs from each truck and each shift then enter the data into the database. Real-time monitoring, or historical review, is now much easier with the new desktop GUI, featuring enhanced animations and userfriendly controls. Midas 2.0 is also very flexible for international operations. The intuitive user screens are based on industry-standard icons, instead of written English terms, to significantly reduce training for non-English speakers. Midas 2.0 also supports multiple written languages to optimise its use throughout the world.The Midas solution is fully integrated with the development of the Siemens AC drive system itself to offer great insight into the machine’s operations. This enables the addition of new functionalities with only a limited amount of modification. It offers read/write options whereas other packages have read-only functionality that precludes the addition of new reporting parameters. For example, a user recently requested to include the operators’ identification numbers in reports. This was easily achieved with only minor modifications to the system.Mine planningGeorge McCullough, Principle Mining Systems Analyst of Runge, stresses that “the importance of having a well documented and comprehensive mine planning process cannot be over emphasised as it is a rendition of the relationship between the economic and physical aspects of a mining asset. The deliverable of a good mine planning process is a predictable production schedule which protects the asset against uncertainty whilst providing the best opportunity to maximisecash flow in the business. A good mine planning process is repeatable and can scale across all mine assets and projects.“The main ambitions of mining organisations, like any other businesses, are to be as profitable as possible and to add shareholder value. This requires careful planning and the mine plan is the cornerstone of a mining organisation’s business plan. It can be very challenging to apply the mine planning process effectively across a global mining company. This can lead to inconsistencies among the mine plans which put the overall business plan of the company at risk. This risk is in turn transferred to the net present value of the assets and ultimately shareholder value. “Adding shareholder value and maximising Net Present Value has always been our company’s raison d’être. We carry this maxim out by helping mining companies create repeatable mine plans with predictable results. Most recently we have intensified this focus in our technology development and developed the Mining Knowledge Platform solution. We now have an expert system that delivers mine schedules by following a business process. We have de emphasised non essential features and functions that can distract engineers in their work and we have streamlined the workflows that people use to derive schedules. In doing so, we have reduced the complexity of the tools and made them more fit for purpose. The key concept behind this platform is to help mining engineers to effectively schedule their mining operations within days instead of months.“In the past, it took a lot of time and effort to train mining professionals to use planning tools. The tribulations of the problem space together with the complexity of the tools created long implementation times meaning mining organisations made a significant capital investment in solutions that would take months to mature. The Mining Knowledge Platform solution reduces implementation timeframes and to adds value faster.“The process driven nature of the Mining Knowledge Platform solution also means that mining engineers all across an organisation will follow the same process to create a mining schedule. Gone are the days where mining engineers in the same organisation come up with opposing answers to the same challenge, and gone are also situations where mining engineers are abandoned to their own devices to experiment with a vast array of features to get a meaningful outcome. Now it’s about having simple and effective tools that take the guesswork out of scheduling and add reliability to the results.”In March Micromine’s Brazilian Partner, BNA Consultoria e Sistemas (BNA) signed an Academic Licence Agreement with the Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering of University of São Paulo (USP). Recognised as one of Brazil’s most well respected Universities, USP’s Laboratory of Mine Planning and Optimisation (LAPOL) has a team of lecturers dedicated to teaching modelling and mine planning applications as well as developing graduate research and innovation for the mining industry. It has undertaken this strategic partnership arrangement with Micromine and BNA, endorsing the use of their premier mine design solution, Micromine for teaching and research purposes at USP.Adoption of Micromine technology should enable LAPOL and USP the potential of joint research programs to be developed in specific areas of interest such as multithread and parallel computing, virtual reality and 3D mine planning. BNA develops geological engineering applications for the exploration and mineral sector. Its founder and Managing Director, Beck Nader, says “Micromine has the most advanced technology in the world and we look forward to being part of its continuous evolution. Working with LAPOL will be a very rewarding technological experience, for the University, for the Students and Researchers as well as for us.” Dr. Giorgio de Tomi, Associate Professor at USP, states “Our students will benefit deeply from the advanced functionalities and the userfriendliness of Micromine for their class projects, and USP is very excited with the research potential of this new partnership with BNA and Micromine.”Earlier that month, Micromine had announced the release of Micromine 2010, the latest version of its geological exploration and mining software. Popular for its user friendly functionalities, it enables geologists and engineers to locate prospective regions, search for mineral indicators, model and visualise ore distribution patterns and design mining operations. Micromine’s suite of exploration and mining software is both advanced and robust, encompassing the entire mining process from greenfields exploration, resource modelling and mine design to mine production control and high-level management reporting.In September, Canadian 3D software technology company ThreeDify announced the release of a new version of its FlowPit 2.0, a 4D pit limit optimiser that can compute a pit design solution many times faster than competing technologies, the company claims. Open pits are typically designed with block models, which represent the material inside the pit using millions of blocks of a predefined volume. The computation required to determine the optimum pit boundary and phase pits is typically time consuming. ThreeDify believes that the latest release of its software represents a genuine performance breakthrough for mine planning engineers. “The advantage of our technology becomes obvious when handling very large block models,” explained ThreeDify CEO Dan Jiang. “Typically, determining the optimal pit limit and sequencing would take a long time – over 24 hours or even days for large block models. With FlowPit, we can now arrive at the optimum solution in about one hour on today’s commodity laptops for a block model with 4 million blocks (one hour on a Gateway NV79 laptop) – up to an order of magnitude faster and yet costing one third of the competing technologies.” This advance in computational speed makes FlowPit an effective tool not just for determining the optimal pit limit, but also for medium and long term planning and sequencing of large open-pit mines where mine planners frequently need quick and reliable answers to “what if?” questions. Key FlowPit benefits include, says ThreeDify:■ Robust and scalable – 4D open pit optimiser that offers simplicity, robustness and up-to an order of magnitude speed-up over other competing products■ Simple and lean – intuitive GUI front-end with re-blocking and graphical post processing capabilities that allow users to graphically navigate through plan and crosssectional views, and strip ratio graphs■ Flexible – ability to import block model formats created by other generic mining packages■ Extensible – available as a COM component for integration with third party applications■ Affordable – guaranteed optimum solution with phase pit sequencing and sensitivity analysis (aka 4D) that costs much less than similar products.Mincom has been busy this year, including announcing a major upgrade to its suite of software for mine design and modelling. Featuring new functionality identified through input from leading mining companies around the world, MineScape 5 speeds the development of more accurate plans, thereby improving the predictability and profitability of operations across the entire mining value chain. “The long-term performance of an operation is completely dependent on effectivemine modelling and planning,” said John Jessop, Vice President of Global Mining Solutions, Mincom. “MineScape 5 is now the most advanced mine planning and modelling solution in the marketplace. With the introduction of MineScape 5, we leverage 30 years of experience and intellectual property to offer our customers robust new functionality for mine planning, designed to deliver efficiency improvements to the modelling and planning process.” He also noted it was “a core component of our complete enterprise solution set for the mining industry.”MineScape is the mine planning component of the Mincom Intelligent Mining Solution (IMS) suite, which provides a very comprehensive set of technical mining solutions spanning the entire spectrum of mining processes, from exploration to final product sales. “As a customer of Mincom MineScape for more than 20 years, we’ve experienced tremendous gains in efficiency and productivity in our mining operations,” said Jason Buenemann, Project Engineer at Kiewit Mining Group (KMG), a North American producer of coal. “The solution has dramatically increased the productivity of our engineers, allowing many to transfer to management roles where their analytical skills better benefit the entire operation and they can now review multiple design concepts in much shorter periods of time. In short, MineScape has become a critical core competency for any engineer working for KMG, bringing efficiencies that are unsurpassed by any other solution.” Mine planning and scheduling is a multifaceted, labour-intensive process, complicated by a shortage of skilled staff and the need to quickly create and deploy mine plans that most accurately reflect a site’s geology. This process can be even more difficult due to inadequate data sharing across disparate business software systems, which delays or prevents informed decision-making. MineScape 5 takes a significant step forward to meet the pressing needs of mining operations by moving geology and mine planning functionality onto a technology platform better suited to integrate business processes.The newest release of MineScape delivers industry-leading tools to improve mineplanning accuracy at the start of a project, speed the ability to update plans in the face of constantly changing field data, and optimize resource coordination to decrease costs associated with idle equipment. MineScape 5 was developed as a platform to serve as a single source for information gathering across databases, geologic models and mining plans. Not only will users enjoy productivity gains from the modern and efficient user interface, but the most significant improvements are under the covers. Unlike other products, MineScape uses a true clientserver architecture, which enables multiple departments to work on a plan simultaneously, thus shortening the time from planning to deployment. This services-based architecture has been further enhanced in MineScape 5, exposing geological modelling, mine planning and mine scheduling data and functionality to third-party applications and standard business process orchestration technologies, enabling true business process integration and automation. In addition to its enhanced architecture, MineScape 5 – which includes 15 modules – features:■ Improved resource modelling and planning, which helps decrease costs associated with idle equipment, resources and transportation■ A new, high-performance integrated 3D CAD system■ Streamlined, flexible task-automation functionality that allows users to easily create tasks and build customised workflows. The capability to build workflows to automate mine planning processes has been a key feature of MineScape for many years, but is now accessible to end users■ A new, best-in-class plotting engine, Mincom claims.“Mincom understands that mines are complex and dynamic environments, where significant value can be derived from the modelling and planning stages — but where significant value can also be lost in the operational stages from, for example, equipment failures, logistics problems or unexpected ore variations,” said Jessop. “With MineScape 5, we are in an even better position to help our global customers optimize complex processes and improve business results.” In July Mincom announced two new agreements; one with Colossus Minerals, a development-stage mining company with an exploratory gold and platinum project in Brazil (http://www.im-mining.com/wpcontent/themes/immining/pdfs/countryfocusbrazil.pdf). The second is with Kazakhmys, a global copper player.Colossus has licensed the Mincom Ellipse solution for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to maximise operational efficiency during the exploratory stage of its flagship Serra Pelada mining project. Colossus has also licensed Mincom LinkOne, a graphical content-delivery solution providing maintenance workers with timely and accurate parts information to help reduce equipment downtime and improve maintenance efficiency. To quickly achieve return on investment, the company will implement Mincom Ellipse leveraging the on-demand delivery model and other support services provided by Mincom.Mincom’s managed-services offering can help companies decrease total cost of ownership by speeding time to deployment and reducing IT overhead, and achieve faster time-to-results while minimising risk. Mincom offers customers a fully managed solution over their entire project lifecycle, implemented either onpremise or fully hosted from Mincom’s data centre to support the unique requirements of remote mining operations. Taking a phased approach to implementation, Colossus will initially deploy Mincom applications for finance, as well as maintenance and materials management. With Mincom Ellipse, mining companies such as Colossus can manage the complete asset lifecycle of their capital equipment, maximising productivity and minimising downtime. They can also significantly reduce working capital by optimising inventory levels, thereby improving supplier management and streamlining procurement processes.One of the world’s ten-largest copper producers, Kazakhmys has licensed Mincom MineScape to streamline its processes of geological modelling, mine design and production planning. By more efficiently scheduling mining work and production tracking, Mincom MineScape can improve the overall management of Kazakhmys’ mining operation. It will also help speed deployment by enabling the creation of 3D mine models, allowing multiple users to simultaneously update these models in real time. “A lot of vendors claim to have integrated, end-to-end mining solutions, but only Mincom offers the most comprehensive set of technical mining solutions spanning the entire spectrum of mining processes, from exploration to final product sale,” said Andrey Nadein, Regional Vice President, Russia and CIS. “With 17 of the world’s top 20 mining companies already leveraging Mincom’s solutions to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations, we’re pleased to extend our deep domain expertise to yet another global industry leader.”MineSight says it is pioneering short term planning solutions with long term gains. It is constantly enhancing its MineSight software, especially products that improve short term planning. The MineSight Schedule Optimiser, MineSight Haulage, and MineSight Axis mark the culmination of two years Mintec spent developing its short term planning tools. They complement a comprehensive suite of powerful analytical software that empowers mining and geology professionals to manage the entire lifecycle of a mine.Working together with the popular MineSight Interactive Planner and Planning Database, the latest additions allow short term planners to tackle the challenges of material scheduling and routing. Mintec recognises that while unpredictable, mine planning must focus on value over volume. It must also be dynamic, versatile and practical. The company aims to deliver on all fronts, taking the guesswork out of short term planning while maximising profit potential.The software is simple to use and versatile enough to deal with grade blending, stripping, environmental and other requirements. Each tool performs a unique function and tends to be used in sequence to complete a short term plan. But, the programs are flexible enough to work in a different order when short term planners are confronted with changing company protocol or unexpected changes in material destination, haul route, or material/equipment availability. Using the Interactive Planner and SQL reporting services, cut and blasthole data can be reported and used for planning and evaluation. MineSight Haulage is then used to organise the haul network. Recent enhancements include an equipment repository, Rimpull curves, and interpolated methods of speed calculation. Based on the haul network, the MineSight Schedule Optimiser plans mining cuts before blast patterns are designed and exported using MineSight 3D and the Blast Pattern Editor. It also now handles data from stratigraphic models, empowering mine planners to handle layered deposits, such as coal, bauxite, and oil sands. Those blast patterns can be checked and imported using MineSight Axis Drill and Blast, which calculates key performance indices for actual blast patterns. The program reports blasthole information and models actual blast pattern KPI data. The ability to quickly view and edit allows mine planners to work more efficiently and save operational costs.Drill and Blast is one of four specialised modules within Axis, which is already recognised globally for providing mines with business intelligence. Leveraging off the MineSight Interactive Planner, MineSight Axis Grade Control completes execution of the short term plan, optimising and confirming material classification, creating material routing cuts, and reporting cut reserves. Minesight says “whether taken as a whole or individually, [its] short-term planning software gives planners peace of mind. No longer must they just expect the unexpected: Now they can prepare for it, manage it, and ultimately, exploit it.”During the CIM meeting in May, SimMine introduced its newest program, SimMine Short Term Planning Package. This is an extension to SimMine that simulates short term scheduling. It provides shift schedules for development crews, what section they will work on and with what machines. It also gives the user ability to quickly reschedule/simulate the schedule if something happens that will affect the original schedule. To see how such changes will affect the long-term plan, users can export the changes back to SimMine for simulation of the long-term effects to the mine plan.One of the mine’s recently visited, and due for an Operations Focus article soon in IM, is the South Deep gold mine near Johannesburg. Mine design and scheduling there is done in Mine 2-4D and Earthworks Project Scheduler (EPS) software, on a Datamine platform. All designs are based on 3D resource models. Due to the depth of the orebody (mining is between 1,575 and 3,500 m below surface), mining of de-stress horizons has to be scheduled such that sufficient reserves are made available for mass mining. Large mechanised targets are then sequentially scheduled for extraction within the de-stress envelopes. Backfill scheduling is also incorporated in the extraction sequence, both for the de-stress and the massive horizons. All designs and schedules are completed in consultation with production and all technical personnel, to ensure safe and efficient layouts and plans. Production efficiencies are based on past experience and production models describing activities for the different fleet combinations.In May Minemax announced new software releases for all three of its scheduling solutions: Scheduler V5.0 for strategic schedule optimisation, iGantt V3.6.7 for underground production scheduling and Tempo V1.1 for integrated and optimised mine scheduling. Scheduler V5.0 Beta has been in testing by selected customers and the V5.0 production release is available for maintained customers. Minemax says this release “provides significantly superior optimisation performance in comparison to the version 4 series, allowing you to evaluate more scenarios in the same time span. There have also been improvements to the block model importer to make it easier to set up your Scheduler model before optimising.” In the new release of iGantt the import of data from various reserve systems has been updated and is significantly more intuitive. It handles the import of depleted reserves more effectively giving better integration with realtime reserve systems.Version 1.1 of Tempo includes the following new/improved capabilities:■ Precedence generation that radiates out from a selected starting position on a bench (e.g. from ramp intersection with bench), giving practical mine schedules■ Reporting improvements that allow easier inspection of the change in stockpile composition over time■ Geometry re-blocking capability in the reserves importing function that can produce updated 3D visualisation information as part of the import process.Gemcom recently updated its SurpacTM – Advanced Underground Design Module. This is an automated mine design system that maximises the overall economic benefit of ore reserves. It delivers improvements in the planning process by freeing mine planners from time consuming and tedious tasks. The module forms part of a complete solution for underground mine planning together with Gemcom MineSched scheduling software. The solution, design, scheduling and analysis are seamlessly linked together to provide mine planners with more control over mine development and economic return. The underground mine planning solution can be applied to any underground mine layout. With this module users can easily and quickly make several designs that test different scenarios and can set up and create MineSched development schedules.For specialist mining methods, Gemcom’s GEMSTM PCSLC Module has been developed specifically to meet the challenges of estimating sub-level caving projects. Building on the industry-leading success of PCBCTM for block cave mines, PCSLC offers a powerful set of capabilities for building sub-level caving production scheduling models. It has already been implemented on projects for De Beers, Newcrest, and SRK, and has also been successfully calibrated against REBOPTM (from Itasca) for two separate projects and replicated ring recoveries published for Ridgeway mine.Geotechnical supportMineGeo says its software for real time mine geology and geotechnical mapping in 3D gives “the complete picture. Plus is it safe? – with the MineGeo Geotechnical module you find out straight away.” The ability to display all or selected classes of geology data means that you improve your ability to better understand the geometry that controls your orebody and hence make better decisions to minimise dilution, improve grades and improve the bottom line. When you can view block models, drilling data and digital mapping this enables you to get the complete geological picture.“Geotechnical data capture with immediate ‘Q prime’ calculations turns a chore into a time efficient and easy task to achieve,” MineGeo says. All menu items are set up by the site geotechnical engineer and Senior Geologist. Then more junior staff (with a small amount of training) can capture both geology and geotechnical data. Geotechnical Data Output:■ Output as CSV (comma delimited) format file as a Pseudo drill hole for input into any database system■ All input values and selections are output including geologist/engineer names■ Additional calculations can be done from captured data – e.g. the Jw values can be used for working with SRF(Stress Reduction Factor)Immediate results mean qualified on the spot decisions can be made on rockbolting, meshing, shotcreting and local mine safety issues. With MineGeo software you digitally capture your mapping once at source in 3D. It is then available and useable as soon as you get back to the office.MineGeo says its software “has the CAD facilities lacking in mine planning software and the mining facilities lacking in standard CAD software.” It is an integrated suite of software which includes:■ Import capabilities from DXF or Surpac string format files■ Live 3D lithology data capture tools■ Capture of sample/geotechnical data with Lithology and ‘Q’ parameters for each ‘from-to’ exported as pseudo drill hole data■ Mining ‘face’ parameters at 3D location■ Output of parameters used for creating face positions when no survey is available for the surface being mapped■ Export of lithology geometry (with attributes) as intelligent string files (which import into your mine planning system)■ Extensive CAD utilities to aid capture and presentation output.Bulk handlingIntergraph has released its SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition (SP3D MHE) software for the automation of the design and modelling of bulk materials handling systems. It automates the design of conveyor systems, processing facilities and transfer chutes to enable planners to rapidly and easily create or expand facilities. Specific functionality addressing conveyor layout and detailed chute design is provided in a simple, user-friendly rules-based automation application to help reduce design times and ensure safer, higher quality projects through less rework and reconfigurations.Two companies, Sinclair, Knight and Merz (SKM) and United Group Ltd (UGL) Resources, provided industry input to Intergraph in the development of SP3D MHE and are committed to using the solution on upcoming projects. SKM, whose work on El Teniente was reported in detail last month, “is currently in the process of implementing the solution on a mining project in Chile,” Intergraph notes. Denis Hamel, SKM’s Global Engineering Manager for Mining and Metals said “the technology will significantly improve cost and time efficiencies, creating real value in the design and delivery of projects worldwide.”“The solution created by Intergraph to meet the requirements developed throughout a proof-of-concept phase is truly cutting edge,” said Jeff Lawrence, Projects Development and Systems manager at UGL Resources. “We expect this technology to revolutionise the work processes and methods used to design, fabricate, construct and commission materials handling systems. This is the new industry standard approach for bulk materials handling systems.”Key features of SP3D MHE include:■ Conveyor belt line layout – a simple, easyto-use workflow enables conveyor belt design and layout in a 3D environment, complete with associated belt line equipment such as idlers, pulleys, gantries, scrapers and conveyor drives■ Transfer chute design – it allows users to design to the detailing and manufacturing level■ Significant 3D display performance – designers can perform 3D navigation on even the largest models with response performance as much as 10 times faster than previously available■ Design reuse – a new ‘Model Data Reuse Wizard’ allows users to copy systems and the objects nested under those systems to a new destination within the same plant model. This is a significant market differentiator that allows the systematic reuse of 3D model data.SP3D MHE automates much of the design process, allowing changes to be completed faster with detailed fabrication-level deliverables for chute plate design, reducing the need for third-party software. Faster completion of projects directly relates to a reduction of man-hours required to achieve system options and to lower project costs and increase overall revenue. Also enhancing the ability to reduce capital expenditure cost is the opportunity to design and model sections of the system once, save them to a catalogue and re-use the design in future projects.Equipment monitoringStrengthening its presence in South Africa’s coal mining industry, Australian leader in dragline mine monitoring solutions, MineWare has secured a major contract in Middelburg valued at A$2 million. MineWare founder and CEO Andrew Jessett said the company’s latest remote dragline monitoring technology- mRoc Desktop – was integral in winning the deal. He explained the superior system works in partnership with MineWare’s Pegasys monitor to provide the highest level of on and offboard machine monitoring. “By capturing sophisticated data from one or multiple draglines, we are getting people out of the operational area of the mines and allowing them to see exactly what’s happening in real time,” he said. “As well as the obvious safety benefits, our ability to capture and analyse more comprehensive data is improving clients’ knowledge and understanding of machine and fleet performance. This directly supports the delivery of key operational improvements across individual mine sites and multiple dragline fleets.”Jessett sold his first Pegasys dragline monitoring system to BHP Billiton after commercialising his own invention without seed money. Five years later, MineWare has secured its position as a leading global provider of sophisticated dragline monitoring technology to open-pit coal mining. He attributes the company’s continued success to its evolutionary approach to improving how the industry measures the performance and productivity of major machinery such as draglines. “Meeting the needs of industry, our focus has extended from the draglines themselves, to the comprehensive off-board monitoring of the machines.”Vale has chosen to implement Modular Mining Systems’ IntelliMine technology at its Moatize mine site, a new coal mine in Tete Province, Mozambique. The selection marks the 200th Modular customer over 30 years as a mining technology pioneer. The bundled solution includes the DISPATCH mine management system, MineCare maintenance management system, ProVision machine guidance solutions, PowerViewTM reporting software, and MasterLink wireless network. “We decided to purchase the IntelliMine system for its reliability and its power to meet our mine’s requirements,” said Reinaldo Goncalves, Vale Mine Planning and Geology Manager, “and we’ve been working with the system at other Vale operations with good results.”For Modular, the partnership marks an important milestone. When Moatize is commissioned later this year, it will become the 12th Vale operation using IntelliMine solutions and the third new mine to adopt Modular technology this year. “Vale has been a longterm customer of Modular, with the first system commissioned at Carajas in 1994,” said Peter Carter, Modular CEO. “It’s an honour to further our relationship with Vale.” For Vale, the new system will provide haulage optimization, proactive maintenance tools, and increased safety, while boosting production and lowering operating costs.Four Leaf Solutions, a Canadian technology company based in Sudbury, offers its new MineTracker as a safety solution, delivering, it says “the largest impact the industry has seen in decades. MineTracker integrates mining hardware/software with a specific focus on safety.” The product was unveiled in North America at the CIM in Vancouver and Timmins Mining Trade show and is now available on YouTube for the Global Market to review. “MineTracker makes critical improvements to safety procedures by integrating location data with telemetry and communications” says Bob Dutchman, Senior Project Manager. “The digital capabilities are endless”. The affordable, all-in-one application allows operators to monitor and control location tracking, ventilation, belts, vehicles, gas detection and all fixed or mobile assets, within one easy-touse interface. The software has been built to communicate with leaky feeder, WiFi, and/or fibre systems with connections to multiple manufacturers’ products. IM
Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)-listed Minergy Ltd, a coal mining and trading company, today announced that it has been granted a mining licence by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. This marks a significant milestone for the company, which listed on the BSE in April 2017, and is seeking a listing on the UK’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) during 2019.The award is later than the projected timeline of mid-2018 for the granting of the licence as announced when the company listed. However, it states: “this is a substantial step forward in terms of Minergy’s intention of focusing on delivering high-quality coal to the regional market, including Botswana and South Africa, and entering the international seaborne thermal coal export market.”Minergy owns 100% of the 390 Mt Masama Coal Project in the Mmambula Coalfield, in south west Botswana, 50km north of Gaborone. The open-cast, low-strip ratio mine has the potential to produce 2.4 Mt/y of coal within a year after opening. The granting of the mining license follows the completion of a feasibility study and the authorisation of the Environmental Impact Statement by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in Botswana.Following dispensation from the DEA, certain pre-construction work has already commenced on site at Masama, allowing Minergy to have the final mine commissioning in January 2019, and producing its first saleable coal the following month.According to CEO Andre Bojé, the award, whilst delayed, is a significant milestone in Minergy’s journey: “The licence is critical for Minergy to continue as a business. This will be the first open-cast coal mining license granted by the Government of Botswana, so the process was not without its challenges for both parties. However, Government was so confident in our economic model that we were never in doubt that these could be overcome.”Bojé goes on to explain what the award of the license means for Minergy: “Well, first and foremost, it immediately reduces the risk for any potential investors who view investments such as this, which often rely on regulatory discretion, as a key risk when investing; second, we can now go on site to break ground and invite contractors to start work; third, we can actively engage the local communities about job creation and a number of upliftment programmes, including improving the school and the clinic in the village closest to the mine, Medie, as well as bringing in electricity; and lastly, for management, the directors and all those directly involved in the project, it is just so exciting to finally get onto site and see the mining activity taking place.”He adds: “Whilst the delay has brought the 2018 festive season into the equation moving first production and AIM listing timelines out, the license will truly enable us to reach our full potential with the Masama Coal Project, alongside our commitment to the development of the coal mining, marketing and distribution industry in Botswana. I reiterate what I said at our listing in Botswana last year – this marks the beginnings of a resurgence in the Botswana coal industry.”With Minergy looking to list on AIM, the sustained buoyancy in the coal market bodes well for the mine, and according to Bojé is set to continue well into the future, given global demand. He explains: “During the past 18 months, thermal coal prices increased by 33%, making it one of the world’s top five highest-performing commodities. In 2016, 4 Mt of coal were exported from South Africa to the African continent, this is forecast to rise to 38 Mt by 2030. Botswana and Minergy both have a significant role to play in fulfilling that increase in demand. Investors looking to invest in coal have lots of opportunity at the moment; the price of coal is rising, there is a deficit in supply and a strong demand, especially in the developing world which is driving up the prices and keeping them high. In my experience, there’s never been a better time to invest in coal.”In conclusion, Bojé said: “I have always been an advocate for coal power; it remains inexpensive compared to other energy sources and world-wide demand for the commodity remains high, given population demographics in fast-growing countries and regions such as India and China, as well as in Asia and Africa, the latter being where our geographic focus will initially lie.”With the award of the licence and works now underway, Minergy is confident that its production milestone of January 2019 for the final commissioning of the mine will be met, with the first saleable product available in February 2019.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Helen Karamoutsos is running a fundraiser that will not only benefit Kids Helpline but see her teaching Greek dancing to orphan children in Cambodia.As a member of women’s organisation, Business Chicks, Helen elected to take part in the Business Chicks Cambodia Challenge, which involves cycling 30km a day around Cambodia, as well as assisting children at the Sunrise Children’s Village orphanage. To qualify, Helen was asked to raise funds for the organisation’s chosen charity, Kids Helpline. “The Kids Helpline can’t run without the support of non-government funding,” she said. “Especially with suicide rates being so high, it is important that children can dial a number where there is a person on the other end who is willing to listen without judgement. I know when I was growing up I felt that I couldn’t speak to my parents and I wish that back then I would have known about it.”Helen’s Big Fat Greek Fundraiser is aiming to raise at least $5,000 and will be held at Pontian Community Hall on September 12. It will feature a Greek theme, door prizes, raffles, a three course dinner, Greek dancing and an opportunity to hear from Kids Helpline speakers. Helen has already raised the funds to support her trip to Cambodia and underscores that all of the money raised on the night will go towards the Kids Helpline.In October, Helen will travel with 39 other Business Chicks members to Cambodia, where she will assist the Australian funded Sunrise Children’s Village orphanage for five days with general activities, as well as teach them to dance Greek style.“We, the generation in our 30s, are the key drivers to create change for the kids of the future,” she says.To purchase tickets to the fundraiser, contact Helen on 0428 699 498.Kids Helpline factsKids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged five to 25 years and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week-free call 1800 55 1800 or online at www.kidshelp.com.au. Each week, over 12,000 kids try to get through to the Kids helpline. However counsellors answer only 6,000 calls and emails each week often regarding very serious issues.Four times each day the Kids Helpline speak with children and young people having suicidal thoughts.One in five calls relate to mental health, self injury or suicide.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Almost four years to the day since it issued its last sovereign bond, Greece will return to international markets with a five-year note, seeking to tap investors for 2.5 billion euros that the Greek government argues will help bring down its short-term borrowing costs as well.The Finance Ministry confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the book building would happen on Thursday and that a number of international banks (Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley) had been mandated. The bond is to be issued under UK, rather than Greek, law.Sources said late on Wednesday that the bond would be comfortably oversubscribed, with the final order book stretching to well over 13 billion euros. The yield is expected to reach between 5 and 5.25 percent. Greek Finance Ministry sources said that Athens would be happy with an interest rate below 5.3 percent. On Wednesday, the yield on Greece’s 10-year bonds fell below 6 percent for the first time since 2010.“The fact that there is major interest leads to the belief that the interest rate will be low but it also shows that markets view the discussion about [Greek] debt sustainability in different terms,” a Finance Ministry official who wished to remain anonymous told Kathimerini.The government believes that apart from the strong message the bond issue will send about Greek prospects, it will also save about 200 million euros per year in short-term borrowing costs by helping to bring down the yield for T-bills. These projected savings, however, will have to be offset against some 500 million euros in interest that Greece is due to pay to investors who buy the bond.The government will be looking to build on Greece’s return to the market as it gears up for the May local and European Parliament elections.“This is an important step in Greece’s effort to fully exit the crisis,” government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told The Associated Press.He also criticized SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras for arguing that the return to the markets was politically driven. “Mr Tsipras wants us to remain in the [EU-IMF] memorandum so he has a reason to exist,” said Kedikoglou. “He wants to wallow in his misery. We will leave him to it.”The news of the impending bond issue fueled an angry reaction from opposition parties. Leftist SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis referred to a “staged, expensive return to the markets for pre-election reasons” in comments to Sto Kokkino radio, which is affiliated with the leftist party.In comments to Alpha Radio, prominent SYRIZA lawmaker Dimitris Papadimoulis claimed that the planned foray into international markets would increase Greece’s debt and burden the country’s taxpayers with an additional 500 million euros in interest over the next five years.Democratic Left (DIMAR), which used to be the government’s third coalition partner until last June when it quit over Samaras’s abrupt decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT, also questioned the timing of the bond issue, saying that the move was “rushed and serves pre-election priorities.” “The return to the markets should not be subject to public relations exercises but part of a clear and comprehensive strategic management of debt to ensure that refinancing interest rates do not increase.”Source: Kathimerini
When Bill Stephens attended his daughter’s band concert at Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal last month, he was surprised to see a familiar face in the audience. Not the face of another child’s father, but that of a registered sex offender.Stephens was not only surprised, he was upset.“My biggest concern is people don’t know,” Stephens said. “They think a convicted sex offender wouldn’t be allowed on campus.”But, as it turns out, area school districts don’t have policies to prohibit registered sex offenders no longer bound by the restrictions of supervised release from stepping on school grounds.Supervised release usually includes conditions, such as staying away from children. Once a person is no longer under supervision, though, the person is only required to register as an offender and abide by any court protection orders in place, said Gelinda Amell, community corrections supervisor for the state Department of Corrections.That’s not to say schools don’t have the right to implement policies.A state law adopted in 2006 (RCW 9A.44.193) gives schools and other public or private facilities with the primary purpose of education, care or recreation of children the right to ban certain Level II and Level III sex offenders. The law outlines offenses that qualify an offender, such as child molestation and rape of a child. The law requires entities to give the offender written notification of the policy and protects the entities from civil litigation.Fort Vancouver Regional Library learned about the law a few years ago and implemented a policy prohibiting Level III offenders from entering its libraries.
The Moose Creek fire near Sutton is nearly half contained at 46%, according to fire information officials Wednesday. Fire managers expect to have the blaze fully contained by the weekend.Listen Now The wildfire started Saturday morning, sparked by a burning debris pile. High winds in the Matanuska Valley drove the fire to consume more than 300 acres.Winds diminished on Tuesday, allowing fire crews to get a start on a line around the fire.The western flank of the fire also has significant heat remaining that firefighters are trying to extinguish.About 80 personnel are still working on the blaze.
Some Alaska businesses have accepted bitcoin, including Gold & Silver Exchange in Juneau at the time of this photo in January 2014. The state Division of Banking and Securities urged investors to approach cryptocurrencies like bitcoin with caution. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are drawing interest as investments. State regulators issued a statement Thursday advising investors to approach them with caution.Listen nowA cryptocurrency is a digital medium of exchange that’s created independent of banks or governments. Cryptocurrency prices have been swinging wildly.The price of one bitcoin rose from $1,000 a year ago to roughly $14,000 today.Kevin Anselm wants Alaskans to know a few things about cryptocurrencies before they spend conventional currency – also known as dollars – on them.She’s the director of the state Division of Banking and Securities.“We just want people to know that these aren’t a typical investment,” she said.Anselm said it’s most important for investors to ask questions.“What exactly do I get for my investments?” she said. “Will it be tangible? Is it kept in some sort of a blockchain? And if it’s in a blockchain, what is a blockchain and how does that operate with your investments?”She emphasized a basic point.“People need to understand what it is they’re really investing in and what they can expect – and what the offerer is offering – as a return,” she said.Anselm said cryptocurrencies are subject to minimal regulatory oversight. She also said they’re susceptible to cybersecurity breaches or hacks. And there may be no recourse should the cryptocurrency disappear. They’re not federally insured.Anselm said anecdotal reports of Alaskans being asked to buy into new cryptocurrencies prompted the division’s advice.“We’re seeing a number of people contacted by sellers of virtual currencies or sellers that want people to get in on initial coin offerings, including virtual currencies,” she said.Some Alaska businesses accept bitcoin.One is Alaska Robotics, a Juneau comic book and art store. Co-owner Pat Race said he’s only seen about a dozen bitcoin transactions over four years – and he’s selling some of the bitcoin the store has.“We’ve sold some of them because the price is kind of crazy right now and so it seemed like a good idea to unload some of them,” he said. “I wouldn’t be investing in bitcoin right now. Like, I would build a time machine and go back to 2013 and put your money into bitcoin.”Race is glad the state is telling investors to be careful.“I think there are a lot of things that are really shady in the bitcoin/cryptocurrency/blockchain sphere right now,” Race said. “There are a lot of people that are taking advantage of people that don’t know very much about it. So if you’re unfamiliar with the technology and unfamiliar with that space and you want to invest in it, you should definitely do some homework before you throw money at it. Because there are a lot of opportunities for that money to vanish.”Alaskans can contact the division if they have questions about cryptocurrencies.
Donald Trump slams Toyota after GMReutersUS president-elect Donald Trump, who has been slamming automakers for selling cars made outside the US, has threatened Toyota in his latest tweet, hours after lashing out at General Motors for its plans to make cars in Mexico other than US.Make in USA or pay more: Donald Trump’s ultimatum forces Ford to scrap Mexico plant; GM faces heatTrump, in his continuing twitter tirade against the auto majors, warned Toyota against making Corolla for US in Mexico. He said doing so will face huge tariff. Trump, who threatened to impose “big border tax” tweeted, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” Trump’s’ tweet is a reference to Toyota’s new plant — which was announced in April 2015 — which would make 200,000 Corolla compact cars per annum for the North American market starting 2019.Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017Toyota, in a response to Trump’s tweet, said that the new plant in Mexico will not have any impact on the production of Toyota in US and also will not cost jobs in the country. The company also expressed its willingness to work closely with the new administration in US.”Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said.Earlier this week, Trump had turned up the heat on General Motors for its decision to send Mexican made Chevy hatchbacks to US. While it was the first time Trump targeted GM in its tweet, Ford Motors Company has been facing the heat for a while, after which Ford decided to call off its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Ford announced that company will now invest $700 million in metro Detroit’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in the state of Michigan and will also add 700 new jobs in the unit.But that is not the end of the story. Reuters reports that Trump’s threat to impose big tax on the vehicles manufactured outside US would have bigger impact on Nissan Motor Co than anyone else as the company’s Mexico plant contributes to one-quarter of Nissan’s total vehicle sales in the US. Japan’s second-largest automaker Nissan, which went to Mexico 50 year ago, now produces more than 800,000 cars in that facility.
(PhysOrg.com) — Among the vast number of untapped energy sources are finger taps, heartbeats, and even hamsters running on exercise wheels. In a recent study, researchers from Georgia Tech have shown that when hamsters run or scratch themselves – even if they do so erratically – the motions can drive a nanogenerator that produces an electric current. Video: Running hamster generate energyJoin PhysOrg.com on Facebook Many motions can cause the plastic to move. For instance, a hamster wearing a small jacket attached to the generator could harvest energy from the rodent’s movements as it runs and scratches. The researchers also attached the nanogenerator to a person’s index finger, and when the finger tapped on a hard surface, the generator could harvest that biomechanical energy.The researchers hope to increase the generator’s power by adding more piezoelectric wires. If the team could increase the nanogenerator’s power output so that it could generate about one microwatt, the device could power implantable nanosensors that require a permanent power supply. These nanosensors, which perform tasks such as detecting pathogens or cancer proteins, could be powered by the patient’s own biomotions, eliminating the need for the sensors to be surgically replaced. In other applications, the generator could be woven into the fabric of a human jacket to harvest energy for powering portable electronic devices.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The electricity generated from such tiny, irregular biomotions is currently quite low (about one nanowatt), but Zhong Lin Wang, a professor of materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech, predicts that power generation can be increased to drive some tiny nano-sized devices. Wang and his colleagues have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters.While other generators can harvest biomechanical energy from regular motions at a specific frequency, the Georgia Tech team’s generator is the first that can harvest small, irregular motions. Most biomotions – such as walking, stretching, and a heart beating – are irregular movements.Taking advantage of the piezoelectric effect, the team’s nanogenerator consists of a series of zinc-oxide nanowires mounted on a flexible plastic surface. When the plastic bends, the wires also bend, creating an electric potential that drives a current through the wires to an external electrical circuit. Researchers at Georgia Tech have designed a nanogenerator that can harvest irregular biomotions, such as the erratic movements of a hamster running. Image credit: Zhong Lin Wang. Citation: Running Hamsters Can Power Nano Devices (Video) (2009, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-hamsters-power-nano-devices-video.html How to capture waste heat energy with improved polymers
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Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Women’s Health View all 62 items Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D. Find more SCCT news and videos Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Find more SCCT news and videos Information Technology View all 220 items Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.” Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.” Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,” and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018. Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging. Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Find more SCCT news and videos Recent Videos View all 606 items Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Find more SCCT news and videos Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting. AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 Find more news and videos from AAPM. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Conference Coverage View all 396 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 15, 2019 VIDEO: Enterprise Imaging: How GE and Microsoft Extend VNA Analytics CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor As a VNA, GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive weaves together data from many different sources and systems. The cloud-based system, shown at RSNA 2018, offers analytics that can help physicians and administrators make decisions about the many types of data contained in this VNA, just as it can help make the VNA more efficient. Related content: Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Technology Reports View all 9 items Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019.
Source = Jump Tours One day after claiming the title of Favourite Tasmanian Activity at the TNT Magazine GoldenBackpack Awards in Sydney for the second year in a row, Jump Tours Founder & Managing DirectorGreg Price went on to win the personal accolade of Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever of the YearAward at the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in Hobart on Friday. In announcing the Young Achiever of the Year, Tasmanian Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said “Greg’spassion for Tasmanian tourism has resulted in tremendous success and should serve as an inspirationto others. His backpacker tour business is a standout in the youth market, winning TNT’s GoldenBackpack Award in both 2011 & 2012, after being a finalist in 2009 and 2010. Jump Tours Managing Director Greg Price was delighted to win two awards in as many days. “Takingout these two big titles is fantastic and really helps put both Jump Tours and Tasmania on the map,”Mr Price said. “We’re determined to get Tasmania ‘front of mind’ for young travellers and will pushforward in our quest to market Tasmania as the hottest new ‘off the beaten track’ destination, wherevisitors can gain maximum bragging rights over their friends back home.” Mr Price said that Jump Tours will build on the momentum created by the award wins and the launchof the company’s multi-lingual iPhone app in July. “I’m considering a range of options to expand ourproduct range at Jump Tours. From the beginning Jump was built as a brand that represents acelebration of youth while getting maximum bang for buck – this won’t change. We’re looking ataddressing some tough tourism challenges with innovative solutions.” Tourism Australia figures consistently show that backpackers stay longer, spend more and visit moreregional destinations than other visitors. Mr Price said that Jump Tours embraces these travellersalong with the burgeoning Asian markets: “With hundreds of millions of Asian consumers rapidlygaining middle class incomes, the growth potential for a destination that offers abundant naturalbeauty and fantastic food and wine is enormous. Tasmania is on the cusp of a boom – we have tograb the opportunities with both hands!”Jump Tours was founded by Greg Price in his home state of Tasmania in 2007 following a career ininvestment banking. Greg intended to create a tour company that would entice more younginternational travellers to visit Tasmania, creating products that emphasise fun while minimisingexpensive and unnecessary inclusions. Jump’s alternative tour offerings allow customers to be “guestDJ” on the tour bus, recognising that young people would rather listen to great tunes than too muchcommentary. It’s for the young and the young at heart and opens a Tasmanian experience up to awhole new world of curious travellers.
Destination NSW campaign wins Expedia Media Solutions marketing awardA cooperative marketing campaign to drive visitation to Sydney and regional NSW has won ‘Australia & New Zealand Campaign of the Year’ at the Expedia Media Solutions 2017 Asia Pacific (APAC) Partner Awards.Presented today to Destination NSW’s Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase at the Australia Tourism Exchange (ATE), the Awards acknowledge campaigns that demonstrate innovation, creativity and achievement in travel marketing.Ms Chipchase said the campaign’s success was a great example of what can be achieved through collaboration.“For the award-winning campaign, Expedia developed a bespoke digital hub that featured inspirational videos and images alongside recommended hotels, allowing audiences to instantly book their Sydney or regional NSW holiday.”“The campaign was a success in driving strong business leads to featured hotels and travel to Sydney and regional destinations, including the North and South Coast, Hunter, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Orange and the Southern Highlands.”Expedia spokesperson Wendy Olson-Killion said, “Our APAC Partner Award winners demonstrate best in class work in terms of creativity, sophistication and the use of innovative technology. The campaigns showcase how a destination, hotel, airline or travel experience can come to life on our platforms and increase brand awareness, change perceptions or drive demand for our partners.”Destination NSW partners with Expedia Media Solutions several times a year on seasonal campaigns to drive incremental sales to a variety of NSW destinations.The 2016-17 Sydney and Regional NSW in Summer campaign showcased NSW as the ideal holiday and short break destination by promoting the number and diversity of experiences on offer in the State. Destination NSWView the campaign hereSource = Destination NSW
Cheap flights carrier Jet2 has announced the launch of the first low-cost flight between Manchester and Tel Aviv.The weekly flight – the only service to Israel’s second city from the north – will commence from May 21st, with the frequency expected to increase to twice per week in October. Commenting on the new flight, Jet2 chief Philip Meeson said that Tel Aviv is an “extremely popular destination” and that he was confident that demand would be high for the flight.”As the only direct route from the north, we are in an unrivalled position to offer both the lowest ever fares and fastest service into Israel,” he said.”This route launch is extremely significant for Jet2.com and emphasises our drive to continue to innovate and expand our reach into a variety of countries and markets.”As well as offering a link to the north’s Jewish community, the flight will also be attractive to those seeking a weekend break in Tel Aviv, with the city offering exciting nightlife, a charming beach and an historic old quarter.Jet2 commenced flights from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003 and announced the launch of its second base at Manchester in September 2004. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedExtra flights to Tel Aviv to be launched by Jet2.comExtra flights to Tel Aviv to be launched by Jet2.comMore flights to Tel Aviv will be launched by Jet2.comMore flights to Tel Aviv will be launched by Jet2.comNew flights to Monastir announced by Jet2.comCheap flights carrier Jet2.com will launch new flights to Monastir from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.