2021 marks 25 years in business for acQuire! It’s been 25 years since the product GIM Suite was first released to our customers in Australia. Since then, acQuire has grown into a global business, changed ownership and has continually evolved and grown its flagship product. We invite you to step back in time and take a look through the key milestones that make up our company history.
2021 is shaping up to be a great year for acQuire, with a significant milestone in our product strategy for GIM Suite, the introduction of a new product and more acquisitions to complement our product suite on the horizon.
acQuire welcomes new environmental data management software, EnviroSys
The acquisition of the environmental data management system, EnviroSys, in December 2020, adds a versatile environmental compliance management and monitoring solution to acQuire’s existing product suite. EnviroSys is highly complementary to acQuire’s flagship product, GIM Suite, and strengthens acQuire’s competitive edge and position as an industry leader in geoscientific information management solutions for the natural resources industries.
A new coronavirus, COVID-19, spread rapidly across the world with strict travel restrictions implemented early in 2020 still in force throughout the year. Strict lockdowns were implemented across countries in a bid to contain the virus which impacted the mining industry globally, from scaled back operations to the need to cease for a while, depending on the local government regulations.
acQuire responded quickly to the pandemic, with employees working from home from March onwards while continuing to deliver the same high quality acQuire products and services virtually and where possible, in-person, as restrictions eased in some jurisdictions.
GIM Suite’s web and mobile capabilities extended
Mobile blasthole sampling and logging was introduced across two minor software releases for GIM Suite. Geologists and pit techs working in blasthole grade control can now rapidly collect data from the pit on mobile devices and seamlessly transfer it back to their main database.
New GIM Suite technology integration
In November, acQuire announced a collaboration with Imago, a technology company dedicated to providing high-performance viewing of geological core and chip images from any location. The new integration gives GIM Suite customers the ability to view high-quality images alongside their geoscientific data and was launched in GIM Suite 4.3.
acQuire expands GIM Suite’s powerful data management capabilities across web and mobile with the release of GIM Suite 4.1. A brand new mobile app is launched for data collection in the field that seamlessly integrates back to the main GIM Suite database. Available for both Apple and Android smartphones, it makes GIM Suite’s existing data capture capabilities smarter and more streamlined.
acQuire’s CEO, Alison Atkins, is nominated for the annual WiTWA Tech Awards, recognising her as an outstanding role model in the Western Australian tech industry and as the leader of our global technology company.
The WiTWA Awards celebrates the outstanding female role models working in tech, science and innovation and judges nominations based on leadership, technical strength and personal determination.
acQuire is now under the umbrella of Vela Software. Vela Software acquires, manages and builds industry specific software businesses globally. Vela is an operating group of Constellation Software Inc., a leading provider of software and services to a select group of public and private sector markets. Constellation Software operates in over 100 countries and dozens of verticals.
GIM Suite 4 Release
GIM Suite 4 introduces an all-new interface called Arena, consolidating capabilities spread across Neo Desktop and Neo Web into a single, streamlined tool, allowing you to easily build interactive dashboards and reports for better end-user experience.
New features in GIM Suite 3 add to the array of capabilities already available in the software, creating an even more robust and secure system to manage geoscientific data assets. Reducing manual tasks and making data management more efficient are the key focus of this release.
The growing Nova Network
Geodex, Appnew and Neoodat are three new consultants joining the acQuire Nova Network in 2017. This year the new Partners bring the total number of consultants working with acQuire to 14 globally.
The Nova Network is enabling miners and explorers greater access to acQuire’s leading geoscientific data management tools. Through the expertise of the Nova Network Partners and commercial arrangements available through the Nova Network, more clients are getting the benefits of acQuire solutions.
It is 20 years since acQuire Technology Solution’s award-winning Geoscientific Information Management (GIM) software burst onto the market, forever changing the way the mining industry manages its GIM information.
acQuire was founded by Bill Withers in 1996. The company’s products are now used at more than 450 sites around the world. acQuire marked this year with celebrations in each of its global offices.
acQuire wins twice at the 2016 Digital Technologies WA Export Awards
The Digital Technologies WA Export Award recognises outstanding international success in the field of information and communication products, technology or services that are concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data including software and games.
acQuire is recognised in a further award: The C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology recognises excellence in engineering, technology, medical technology, information technology and technical research and development.
The GIM Solution enters a new phase as GIM Suite 2 is released in August. It delivers significant performance improvements, better environmental monitoring capabilities and more data management features. With an enhanced dashboard feature, GIM Suite 2 gives users the confidence needed to make strategic decisions based on geoscientific information.
The GIM Suite now contains all acQuire technology in a single package for natural resources organisations. The GIM Suite enables the capture, management and delivery of geoscientific observations and measurements.
In May acQuire appoints David Stephen as Managing Director and announces significant leadership changes.
Bill Withers remains available as a mentor and advisor to the acQuire leadership team. He continues as Chairman of Metech Holdings, the parent company of acQuire and ADAPT by Design.
Bill Withers is also Managing Director of ADAPT by Design.
Our Brisbane QPeople move into new office premises.
After 17 years, acQuire embarks on its first major brand refresh.
acQuire Neo 2.1.0 is released. acQuire 4.4.1 is released.
The three annual acQuire conferences are consolidated into one and relaunched with new program format as GIM Jam.
The first GIM Jam happens in Calgary, at the EPCOR Center For Performing Arts.
The first group of acQuire staff graduate from the ADAPT by Design Leadership Course, offered in a mixed mode of online and face-to-face courses.
The Nova Network is started to offer customers reliable post-implementation services.
acQuire QPeople join the Global Corporate Challenge, a global health and wellness program. 112 staff in 16 teams across the globe are registered to walk, cycle or swim their way to health.
acQuire has now 26 employee shareholders.
acQuire Neo 2.0 is developed for an environment where everyone is given the opportunity to search and discover information without knowledge about the format of the original data, the way it’s stored, or the underlying queries used to build information from these data.
acQuire Neo 2.0 introduces web functionality and other new capabilities.
The new technology partnership between Esri and acQuire enables us to deliver improved integration between our technologies.
In Western Australia, QPeople are now concentrated in two big buildings, as the office fitout is completed for 26 Kintail Road in Applecross, Perth.
Revenue reaches $21m.
acQuire introduces acQuire Neo, which is the first acQuire product released under Project Mica.
Project Mica is the codename for the next generation of acQuire products that leverage off modern programming interfaces such as the Microsoft.Net framework.
To make attendance easier for customers, three acQuire conferences are held this year in Calgary, Johannesburg and Perth.
Early in 2011, the acQuire Technology Solutions board is reinvented based on ADAPT by Design principles.
A board of 11 Executive Directors is established to lead the company.
Bill Withers is announced as the ‘2010 Entrepreneur Of The Year, Western region – Technology & Emerging Industries’ at the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
acQuire attains Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status.
acQuire reflects on the GFC and puts strategies in place to be match fit for the next one.
The Community Relations Committee (CRC) is established as global charity and sponsorship committee (in 2012 CRC is renamed to Community Connect).
Warren Cook takes over from Bill Withers as Chief Executive Officer of acQuire.
Bill remains Managing Director of acQuire.
Revenue reaches $12.8m.
acQuire now has six offices; Belo Horizonte, Brisbane, Calgary, Johannesburg, Manchester and Santiago, and revenue reaches $10m.
Our offices operate now fully in a peer-to-peer model as ONE company with one shared culture. Succession (Ownership) is formalised and we initiate a new shareholders agreement to make shareholding available to all employees that have been in the company for 3 years.
We release the first QBOOK.
Revenue reaches $3.9m. acQuire changes focus to be a sole geoscientific management solution provider. acQuire 4 becomes its key product.
This is the beginning of a very fast growth period for acQuire. Metech is officially renamed to acQuire Technology Solutions.
acQuire welcomes 34th employee.
The Learning Development department is formed to offer optimised Learning products.
Revenue reaches $1.5m.
Development of new capabilities commence to support the coal industry.
The office in Calgary supports our growing customer base in the Oil Sands industry in North America.
The exponential growth of acQuire and the expansion into new jurisdictions drive the need for a qualified accountant.
David Stephen joins as CFO to assist with this need.
Revenue reaches $1m.
The Santiago office is established to service the South American region.
Steve Mundell joins the company and after a variety of roles is now the Director of Product.
Winfried Naschwitz joins the development team and is now a Principal Engineer.
Mark Van Proctor joins acQuire in his final year of University as a Systems Administrator. Mark is now a Commercial Product Manager with acQuire’s sister company ADAPT by Design.
Revenue reaches $180,000.
Warren Cook joins acQuire (still Metech by name) and goes on to be Manager of Implementation and CEO of the company. He is now Managing Director – acQuire Africa-Europe and is based in our Manchester office.
Grace Watson joins the company to boost Administration & Finance. Grace, prior to going on maternity leave in 2013, is the Board Coordinator and Executive Research Administrator. Grace is now working with acQuire’s sister company ADAPT by Design as Student Administrator & Content Developer.
Alison Atkins, now CEO, begins her career with acQuire as Geoscientific Data Analyst.
Steve Tapley and Simon Palmer join the development team. Steve, Simon, and Zbigniew are our development wise guys and know the code history.
Lee-Anne Coleman joins acQuire to boost our Administration & Finance capability. Lee-Anne is now Customer Success Leader
The succession (Ownership) model of our business begins informally with the addition of Geoff Forbes and Colin Legg
Today, Zbigniew is a Principal Software Engineer, based in our Perth offices
A fourth company, Eagle Mining is also a seed customer partner, but Eagle no longer exists.
Following requests from four customers for custom-built solutions in the emerging area of drilling data management, Bill decides to build a product for the mining industry.
Bill Withers and Andrew Shoemack are the owners of registered company Metech Pty Ltd, which is marketing a mining software solution called acQuire. The company is renamed to acQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd in 2006.
To this day the founding and some still actively involved employees of the acQuire data management project are: Bill Withers (now Managing Director of ADAPT by Design) Andrew Shoemack (Non-Executive Director) Geoff Forbes (Director of Support & ISD), Paul Whelan (Managing Director of acQuire North America) Colin Legg (Consulting Technologist).
The first office is established and still operates from Perth, Western Australia.
Founded in 1996, acQuire originated in Perth, Western Australia. acQuire’s co-founders wondered why the mining industry could not manage their drillhole data more efficiently and so the idea for a geoscientific data management software solution was born. Today our company has six offices around the globe, with customer support centers operating in each major time zone and our software used by companies worldwide.
Delve into our history and milestones to discover how we have become the company we are today.