In southern California, the palm-fringed boulevards of Anaheim and the air-conditioned comfort of its convention center could not be farther removed from Enrique Sanchez’s world. Sanchez, senior technical adviser for Grupo México, is a man more used to the rugged environments of open-pit copper operations in Peru and Mexico.
Yet the contrast could only have added to Sanchez’s enjoyment of HxGN LIVE, where he represented Grupo México as a Shaping Smart Change honoree this week. Honorees are chosen for pushing the boundaries of innovation and implementing Hexagon technology to shape smart change around the world. They are recognized in a special ceremony that has proved to a popular part of Hexagon’s annual user conference.
This year was no different, as Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén was on hand to recognize representatives of 10 companies.
Grupo México was nominated for its integration of Hexagon Mining technologies at Peru’s Toquepala Mine. High in the Andes, Toquepala is the fifth-largest copper mine in the world, measuring 2.5 kilometers across and descending more than 700 meters into the earth.
Sanchez and his team foresaw tough economic times and decided to integrate Toquepala’s operations and planning technologies. They selected Hexagon Mining as a partner in this strategy, knowing that by aligning systems and cultivating these synergies, Grupo Mexico would be better positioned to weather the downturn in commodity prices.
Toquepala already was a committed user of MineSight, Hexagon’s mine planning suite. By integrating the mine’s fleet management system, Grupo México is now enjoying unprecedented levels of efficiency and control at Toquepala.
“Grupo Mexico is committed to improving efficiency across the overall mining process,” said Sanchez, who was interviewed on HxGN TV this week.
“Therefore, selecting Hexagon Mining’s state-of-the-art technology is critical to our strategy. Hexagon’s integrated mining solutions allow us to greatly improve our efficiency by shortening the gap between planning and execution.”
Grupo México is now considering Hexagon’s safety technologies for further integration with its fleet management system – now that’s shaping smart change.