Gemcom Supports North American Mining Schools To Educate Students On Developing Expertise To Become The Industry Leaders Of Tomorrow



    Gemcom Mining Professionals Teach Geology, Mine Planning Software Classes
    In Canada And Mexico In Ongoing Efforts To Face The Mining HR Crisis
    Head On

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Gemcom Software International Inc. (TSX:GCM),
the largest global supplier of specialised mining productivity solutions,
today announced its continued leadership in providing industry-based education
to students in mining programs worldwide. In North America, Gemcom has long
been an active participant in mining school programs, providing software,
staff time, training and mining expertise to help equip mining students with
real-world skills. As part of this ongoing initiative, over the next few weeks
Gemcom mining professionals will be teaching the following classes at
universities in Canada and Mexico:

    
    -   September 26, 2007 - Software for Strategic Mine Planning
        Lassonde Mineral Engineering program, University of Toronto, Canada
        Instructor: Kurt Breede, P.Eng. Mining, Gemcom Senior Business
        Analyst

    -   September 27, 2007 and October 4, 2007 - Software for Geology and
        Mine Design
        Lassonde Mineral Engineering program, University of Toronto, Canada
        Instructor: Cameron Reed, BA BSc Geology, Gemcom Vice President,
        North America

    -   September 28, 2007 (every Friday for 6 weeks) - Mine Design Software
        Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of
        British Columbia, Canada
        Instructor: Mohammad Dadmanesh, BASc Mining, Gemcom Senior Business
        Analyst

    -   October 1-5, 2007 - Workshop on Software for Geology and Mine
        Planning
        Faculty of Mining, Geology and Metallurgy, Universidad de Guanajuato,
        Mexico
        Instructor: Chawki Jreige, B.Eng. Mining, Gemcom Services Manager
    

    "With the mining industry facing a shortage of skilled professionals, it
is more important than ever to contribute to the success of mining schools and
the development of their students," said Cameron Reed, Gemcom Vice President,
North America. "Our goal is to ensure that mining schools across North America
and around the world have the technologies and support they need to equip
graduating mining students with the skills that will allow them to be as
productive as possible when they enter today's workforce."
    Many universities in North America have set up learning environments that
reflect the "real world" conditions as accurately as possible. At the
University of Toronto, for example, fourth-year students undertake a year-long
"capstone" design course that sees them use actual exploration data to develop
mine designs, to which they apply optimisation techniques and economic
analyses to determine the feasibility of a potential mine site. Mining
software plays a key role as the students employ it throughout the project, an
exercise designed to closely mirror the type of work and challenges they can
expect after graduating. The University of British Columbia has a similar
program for its fourth-year mining students.
    "One of the common misconceptions about mining is that it's a low-tech
industry. In fact, highly-sophisticated technology is used extensively in
mining, which is why we are appreciative that companies like Gemcom play a
role in helping to educate students," said William Bawden, Pierre Lassonde
Chair in Mining Engineering and Director of the Mineral Engineering Program at
the University of Toronto. "When a student leaves our mining program, he or
she will have received hands-on experience with the types of software and
mining techniques they will be using when they begin their careers."
    "It is critical that students are trained on the leading edge mine
software design systems. By working with Gemcom, we have the potential for
access to numerous kinds of mining software. There are the added benefits of
ensuring that faculty and students are trained on how to use them, and to
develop a richer learning environment," said Malcolm Scoble, Professor and
Head, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British
Columbia. "For mining and exploration companies, this means that the students
they are hiring will be able to start contributing more quickly and for
students it means they already have valuable experience to add to their
resumes after completing their degrees." Gemcom is also supporting UBC, where
Dr. Tony Diering, Gemcom's Vice President of Advanced Technologies is an
Adjunct Professor researching block caving design and providing expertise to
support the Masters and PhD programs.
    Mining software also has an important place in education at the
Universidad de Guanajuato, home to Mexico's oldest mining school. "Gemcom has
contributed software and training that has enabled us to improve how we
educate our students. A significant benefit of the Gemcom software we have
employed is that it is multi-lingual, supporting Spanish and English. Our
partnership with Gemcom has proven so successful that we have invited them to
lecture not only to our students but to industry professionals. This will help
raise the visibility of our program and of our graduating students to the
mining industry," said Gilberto Sandoval, Professor of Mining, Universidad de
Guanajuato in Mexico.
    With the shortage of mining professionals around the world, mining
software has a critical role to play in enabling the industry to maintain and
increase profitability and productivity. As a global company with 20 offices
worldwide, Gemcom is working closely with mining schools in every region to
ensure that mining productivity software and theory can be applied in the
classroom.

    About Gemcom

    When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to
Gemcom for technology and services. The Company is home to world-renowned
mining solutions like GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle, and InSite and to industry
thought-leaders who are pushing the boundaries of what's possible in mining.
Established in 1985, Gemcom has a global reach delivering comprehensive
solutions in all major mining centres in more than 90 countries. Every major
mining company, including BHP Billiton, Codelco, CVRD, De Beers and Newmont,
is a Gemcom client. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic
acquisitions, the Company has become the largest global supplier of
specialised mining productivity solutions. For more information, please visit
www.gemcomsoftware.com.

    Gemcom, the Gemcom logo and combinations thereof, are trademarks of
Gemcom Software International Inc. GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle and Gemcom
InSite are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Gemcom Software
International Inc.





For further information:

For further information: Contact Gemcom: Corporate Communications: Mark
Bese, Marketing Communications Manager, (604) 684-6550 ext. 4481,
mbese@gemcomsoftware.com; Marina Percy, Principal, Fresh Strategy, (604)
805-6864, marina@freshstrategy.com; Investor Communications: Garth Albright,
Chief Financial Officer, (604) 684-6550, galbright@gemcomsoftware.com; Nick
Hurst, Vice President, The Equicom Group, (403) 538-4845,
nhurst@equicomgroup.com

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