Gemcom Unveils Latest Version of Industry-leading Strategic Mine Planning Software Gemcom Whittle


    Gemcom Whittle 4.1 Adds New Functionality To Improve Productivity

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, MINING INDABA, and VANCOUVER, Feb. 5 /CNW/ -
Gemcom Software International Inc. (TSX:GCM), the largest global supplier of
specialised mining productivity solutions, today announced the release of
Gemcom Whittle(TM) 4.1, the latest version of the world's most trusted
strategic mine planning software, which is used to determine and optimise the
economics of open pit mining projects.
    Whittle allows its users to optimise mine plans and maximise NPV because
it allows them to understand the impact of all the variables that can
influence the profitability of an operation. Whittle 4.1 enhances ease-of-use
by adding a new-level of flexibility to the user interface to enable users to
customise the Whittle experience to match their working style. With expanded
system memory support, pit optimisations in Whittle 4.1 can now be completed
faster than ever providing users with more time to analyse and share results.
    "When presented with a feasibility study, banks and investment partners
want to know if a project has been 'Whittled.' This speaks to the trust people
place in the software's ability to determine whether or not a deposit can be
mined at a profit," said Eli Alston, Gemcom's scheduling product manager.
"Gemcom's clients and the mining industry as a whole play a key role in
helping us develop and improve our software. With Whittle 4.1, we spent a
great deal of time learning from the experiences of our users to find new ways
of enabling them to increase their personal productivity."
    "Whittle is a must-have when you are dealing with the economics of open
pit mining and strategic mine planning," says Raul Borrastero, vice president
- technical services at Resource Capital Funds, who has been using the
software for ten years. "Without Whittle, I couldn't corroborate my client
companies' reserve statements or evaluate potential alternatives to the mine
plans presented for investment approval. Gemcom has been improving its
software and expanding its reach throughout the mining industry for many years
and can be trusted to continue supporting its client-base and enhancing its
products now and into the future."
    For more information on Gemcom Whittle 4.1, or to download product
images, please visit

    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, Vale, 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. Gemcom is listed on the TSX under
the ticker "GCM." For more information, visit
    Gemcom, the Gemcom logo and combinations thereof, are trademarks of
Gemcom Software International Inc. GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle, MineSched,
PCBC and Gemcom InSite are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Gemcom Software International Inc.

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For further information: Investor Communications, Garth Albright, Chief
Financial Officer, (604) 684-6550,; Nick Hurst,
Vice President, The Equicom Group, (403) 538-4845,;
Corporate Communications, Mark Bese, Marketing Communications Manager, (604)
684-6550 ext. 4481,; Africa Communications, Lisa
Basmadjian, Marketing Coordinator, +27 11 805 0277,

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