O-Pitblast University: The Path to Success

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João Soares – Mining Engineer

João Soares studied Mining Engineering at Centro Universitário Luterano de Palmas (Brazil) and during his recent academic and professional career, he developed experience in areas of rock blasting, mining software’s, blast KPI’s, etc., always focused in continuous improvement of mining processes. João Soares was doing an internship at O-Pitblast (O-Pitblast University) and left us with his testimony. O-Pitblast Team wishes you best of the lucks for your future.

“I had the opportunity to do an internship in O-Pitblast in Porto, Portugal where I’ve learned to plan and audit blasts and use tools that help to improve mine productions significantly.

With O-Pitblast software it’s possible to work directly with topographic information, edit, create and manage hole characteristics, control timing sequence, view the histogram in order to prevent excessive MIC, predict fragmentation, analyze vibration issues, solve dilution problems, analyze borehole deviation, among others.

With all this in one software it’s possible to optimize the blast by applying geometric adjustments on the pattern resulting in cost reduction of the overall production process.”

Eng. João Soares
Blast by João Soares

O-Pitblast University opening doors for international students

Auã Kiahla, our newest intern, is the best example of
“seize an opportunity”. He started his studies in Brazil and came to Europe to do his masters degree and looking for better opportunities. This year, O-Pitblast gladly invited him to be part of the O-Pitblast Q&A team. We are proud of having you in our team!

My name is Auã Kiahla, I’m 23 years old and I was born in the interior of Brazil in a region called Bico do Papagaio.
In the year 2012 I started my studies at the “Centro Universitário Luterano de Palmas” in Mining Engineering. During my studies I had the pleasure of meeting Vinicius, CEO of O-Pitblast.
During some events where Vinicius Miranda was present, I had the privilege to be inspired by this blast expert. In one of those events, my interest in mining subjects doubled, especially rock blasting.
Looking for better academic opportunities, I’ve applied for the master’s degree in Mining Engineering and Geo-environment at the University of Porto where thankfully, I was accepted as a student.
Before going on this Journey, I knew that leaving Brazil and coming to Europe would be a challenge like none I’ve ever faced before. But I knew that this experience of meeting the continent across the Atlantic, face new realities and be forced to adapt to new situations would broad my horizons and enrich me in every single way: Academic, professional and more.
I am very happy to be part of the O-Pitblast team as a Q&A tester. Their Blaster University Programe made it possible for me to be part of the team as a student and being able to use all my theoretical knowledge in practical situations, it’s being an invaluable experience so far.
During my internship I am learning a little bit of everything such as: Blast Optimization, Blast Design, Vibration Control, Field Equipment operation such as Laser Scanners, Borehole Deviation Devices, Seismographs, Velocity of Detonation (VoD) Devices between others.

Regarding my masters degree at FEUP, I felt the need to create new routines that often lead to exhaustion. Regardless, I tell myself that everything will be worth it in the end.
I came to Europe with the luggage full of dreams and I plan to accomplish every single one of them before returning to Brazil.
Every moment here, regardless of the situation I find myself in, will be used to learn valuable lessons that will remain with me for the reste of my adult life.

Auã Kiahla