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Optics-photonics and geographic information technologies at the service of the mining industry: a success story!

Marie-Pier Arcand, MBA
Québec International

During the Québec Mines 2012 convention, held last November in the city of Québec, two workshops on problem resolution were organized by Québec International in collaboration with the Ministère des Ressources naturelles. These workshops highlighted expertise from the mining industry as well as businesses in the optics-photonics and geographic information sectors of the Capitale-Nationale applied technology niche of excellence.

Optics-photonics: a promising encounter

On Monday, November 26, the Cercle de l’industrie optique-photonique (CIOP) held a business development day entirely dedicated to the mining industry. More than a dozen problems, potentially solvable using various optics-photonics technologies, were presented during the event. Representatives from Niobec, Intelligence Stratégique Internationale, and Technologies & Services Oxx were on hand to assist specialists from the optics-photonics sector in clearly identifying and defining the issues. The medium-term economic benefits for businesses in the Québec metropolitan region were estimated at more than $1 million. Those in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to create a strategic work group comprising representatives from the optics-photonics and mining industries.

Geographic information: a productive workshop

On Wednesday, November 28, it was Géospatial Québec’s turn to hold a business development day dedicated to the mining sector. In attendance were representatives from the Canadian Space Agency, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec, CAE Mines and Boréalis. The group discussed several mining industry problems potentially solvable by experts in geographic information. More than 75% of the participants estimated they would see medium-term economic benefits of nearly $2 million.

These activities, organized in collaboration with the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, were a great success, with businesses in attendance expressing satisfaction at having attained their objectives.

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