In this episode of The GIM Channel, we are joined by acQuire’s co-founder, Bill Withers. Bill gives insights into the history of acQuire and challenges facing geoscientific information management from 1996 to today.
He discusses his views on how important GIM is across the mining value chain, and the roles architecture, mine design and leadership play on creating further innovations in the natural resources industry.
In an industry where buyouts, mergers and flash-in-the-pan business ideas are common, acQuire has grown into a sustainable, values-based business that has weathered economic ups and downs and industry fluctuations across two full decades.
Bill Withers handed over the role of Managing Director in 2014 as part of the natural succession planning in place for every role in the company. He remains involved as Chairman of Metech Holdings, the parent company of acQuire and ADAPT by Design. In 2015, Bill was awarded Austmine’s “Champion of Innovation” award for the GIM Suite, a recognition by the industry of the contribution he’s made to the mining industry.
Bill is now Managing Director of Adapt by Design.
Here are some key take-outs:
“If the mining industry ran the banking industry, you would put your card in the ATM, ask for $500 and it would either give you $5 or $500,000…and say near enough. We didn’t fully understand the importance of the original observations and measurements to all financial and safety decisions being made.” — Bill
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