Mining Indaba: Mining tech and things to see and do

iHandover team’s experience at the 2017 Mining Indaba and in Cape Town

At the start of February, CEO Ross McDowell and Business Analyst Rory Alberigo jetted out to Cape Town to represent iHandover at the 2017 Mining Indaba. Now that they’ve worked through all the follow ups, we asked them to take a moment and pick out their top tech innovations from the conference itself and their go-to places for anyone heading to Cape Town.

Cape Town Top 5

  • V&A Waterfront Food Market

    One of Rory and Ross’ strolls around the city took them to The V&A Market on the Wharf. The market is located on Dock Road at the V&A Waterfront near Nobel Square. It consists of up to 60 stalls and stands, serving an array of street food in an authentic market environment. A great introduction to Cape Town and a fantastic way to burn up an afternoon.

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  • Springbok Loin Burger

    One of the stalls at the V&A Waterfront Food Market was the “Mash Market Bistro”, where Rory and Ross discovered that Springbok Loin was sold. The exotic dish was served with Salsa Roja, Olive Tapenade, Mash and Black Cherry Sauce. Neither of them will say how many of them they consumed, though their expanded waist lines give the game away!

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  • Table Mountain

    Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with the mountain itself forming part of the wider Table Mountain National Park. A popular destination, visitors can ascend using the cableway or, if like our team you’ve had one to many loin burgers, choose a nice day and hike to the top!

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  • Quay 4

    Situated on a prime spot with views overlooking the harbour, Cape Town’s legendary Quay Four is one of the oldest restaurants on the V&A Waterfront. It is nowadays one of Cape Town’s favourite venues to dine at, and is also seen as one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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  • Night views from the FNB (First National Bank) Roof Terrace

    The First National Bank building is in the heart of Cape Town’s business district. Ross and Rory were invited to a reception which provided some excellent wine tasting and an assortment of cheeses. The views from the outdoor terrace were incredible with views of table mountain, the Lion’s Head and Cape Town itself including the magnificent waterfront. If you ever get the chance to go up, don’t turn it down!


Top 5 Tech at the Mining Indaba

  • Micromine

    One of the tech companies that Ross and Rory came across at the Mining Indaba was Micromine: A provider of software solutions for geological exploration, data management, resource estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control. Like iHandover, Micromine is on a mission to revolutionise the Mining industry through modern technology, helping increase productivity and enhance reliable decision making.

  • Simulia mine simulations

    Dassault Systemes’ Simulia is a virtual reality software made to support the engineering value chain of a company. The realistic simulation is meant to support the evaluation of performance, reliability and safety of materials and products, before the business commits to physical prototypes.

  • Bibby Maritime’s floating workforce accommodation

    UK-based company Bibby Maritime is a subsidiary company of Bibby Line Group, a customer solutions provider to a range of industries, such as shipping and financial services. Bibby Maritime is a global provider of floating workforce accommodation, with a fleet of 5 shoreside accommodation vessels. The individual vessels can accommodate between 180 and 670 guests, offering all the necessary facilities such as kitchens, restaurants, gyms, relaxation rooms and laundry facilities.

  • Maxam’s drone geo-mapping

    Maxam is commonly known as a specialist in blasting solutions and associated services. However, the company has now also designed an automated drone, an ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’ (UAV) with the name X-copter. The drone is of about 1.7m length and width, and is meant to be used in the mining industry for various purposes such as exploration and planning, structural and terrain analysis, disaster monitoring and more. As drone technology is still relatively new to the mining industry, it comes as no surprise that at the 2017 Mining Indaba, Maxam was the only company presenting drones.

  • iHandover’s Relay handover solution

    Last but not least, we are of course extremely proud that our latest solution Relay could be part of the fantastic array of mining technology presented at the Mining Indaba this year. Relay is a shift handover solution for high performance FIFO and DIDO teams. It improves managerial capability, ensures safety is considered, prioritises tasks for the incoming crew and even more so, ensures that shift and rotation handovers become seamless events.

At iHandover, we provide the tools for managers and teams to connect, grow and succeed. This blog relates to our Relay solution and if you would like to learn more, please get in touch with the team via or fill out an enquiry form: