NSS Canada Partners with Collège Boréal on Projet MOSS
Since 1989, NSS Canadahas been successfully integrating technology to increase safety, accuracy, and efficiency. As a Leica Geosystems and Hexagon Mining Authorizes Reseller, NSS Canada specializes in engineering, construction, and mining solutions.
NSS Canada has partnered with the local educational institution Collège Boréal, Co-operative Education & Work-Integrated Learning Canada (Cewil), and Dynamic Earth to launch “Projet MOSS” in Sudbury, Ontario.
The Miner Operated Survey System (MOSS) is an underground surveying software that supports a wide range of Leica robotic total stations. MOSS integrates mine design specifications and drawings when completing mark-ups, and provides real-time information for miners, engineers, and geologists.
In the past, Collège Boréal trained students with used and outdated surveying equipment from area mines. NSS Canada’s goal in partnering with local educational institutions such as Collège Boréal is to provide teachers and students with state-of-the-art surveying equipment and technology for hands on learning. This allows students access to train with the equipment in the underground mine at Dynamic Earth.
“NSS Canada is excited to expand into the education system to provide new technology for students and future workers,” says Bruno Lalonde, President, NSS Canada. “Our goal is to ensure students can come into the workforce better prepared for the market and industry. We are committed to being at the forefront of mining and technology, while providing students with the tools needed to be successful once they leave the classroom.”
“Projet MOSS will expose future mine technicians to all the resources required to succeed in today’s mines and workforce. Safety Awareness, Communication, Precision and Technology,” says JeffLafortune, Program Coordinator and Professor, Collège Boréal. “We are grateful for the support of our partners.’’
Throughout Projet MOSS, students applied survey knowledge using modern industry leading technology. Throughout the course, students performed day to-day tasks such as Production Surveys, Development Surveys, and Mine Planning using MOSS.
NSS Canada’s very own Technical Services Manager – MOSS, Francis Nepveu a graduate from College Boreal was the lead of this project along with other NSS staff. Together they trained, introduced, and demonstrated the new equipment in an underground setting for students.
“This is the kind of stuff I wish I could have learned while I was in school, and it has been a real pleasure to show it off to the students,” says Francis Nepveu, Technical Services Manager – MOSS, NSS Canada. “My hope is that this project has helped demonstrate to them just how much new and exciting technology is used in underground mining.”
This training has helped students to learn hands-on how to use the equipment to better prepare them for their future careers.
Learn more about NSS Canada here: www.nsscanada.com
About the Author
Kaitlynn Zygmont is the Marketing Manager at NSS Canada. Kaitlynn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Humanities from Laurentian University.
About NSS Canada
NSS Canada (Northern Survey Supply) is an Authorized Distributor of Leica Geosystems and an Authorized Agent of the Hexagon Mining Portfolio, specializing in engineering measurement systems and mine survey solutions. In operation since 1989, we’ve stayed on the cutting edge in our field and are always striving to increase safety, accuracy, and efficiency. In addition to being a distributor, we provide repair services for all Leica optical surveying and electronic equipment, rentals, and training for a variety of Leica Total Stations and GPS Systems. We are also an authorized agent of the Hexagon Mining portfolio, and we develop our own in-house software, MOSS (Miner Operated Survey System).
About Collège Boréal
Collège Boréal is an innovative educational, cultural and community hub serving the Francophone population of Ontario. Its goal is to produce a highly skilled bilingual workforce that is committed to supporting French-speaking communities and contributing to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the province and the country.