The police watchdog has begun an investigation into the death of a man who died after being restrained.Scotland Yard said they were alerted by a call at around 2.20pm on Friday from a member of the public saying that a man was trying to get into the rear gardens of homes on Polsted Road in Lewisham, south-east London.The Metropolitan Police have reported that the 35-year-old man appeared to be having a mental health crisis and footage from body-worn cameras show he was in an agitated state, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).The man was restrained at the scene, the IOPC said.An ambulance was called and paramedics had arrived by the time he became unwell. He was taken to Lewisham Hospital by ambulance where he died. His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem has yet to be set.IOPC regional director Jonathan Green said: “Our investigators have begun reviewing body-worn video footage obtained from all officers who attended the incident and are undertaking door-to-door enquiries in the area.”My thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and to all those affected at this time and we will look to issue more information when appropriate.” Detective Chief Superintendent Tara McGovern of Lewisham Police said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this extremely difficult time.”Where a person dies following contact with the police it is right and proper that police refer the incident to an independent body to review the circumstances surrounding the death, which happened immediately in relation to this incident.”We are reassured to know that the deceased’s family is being supported and we are offering support to the officers involved in the police response.”We are, and will continue to, provide our full support and co-operation to the IOPC investigation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Nearly half a century ago Fred Banfield, Mintec’s founder and Chairman was graduating from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). It was 1964 and the Golden-based school had already established itself among the world’s leading institutions devoted to resource exploration, extraction, production and utilisation. “I went to CSM because I wanted to be an engineer,” recalls Banfield. “My father, a consulting geologist, recommended CSM as the best for mine engineering. “He was right.” Computers were hardly an integral part of school life in 1964, but their promise made sufficient impression on Banfield. He saw their potential to change the way mines were evaluated, designed and operated. “I became interested in computers and when I left school, my goal was to apply computers to mining engineering and geologic modeling.” Turns out Banfield Junior was right, too. Mintec and its pioneering software MineSight® is now used worldwide.Last November, Mintec announced it would donate $100,000 to help upgrade the school’s computer-aided mine design laboratory. In June, that donation will bear fruit in when construction begins. The gift is particularly gratifying for Banfield. “CSM has been an innovator in the training of mining engineers for decades, and the computer lab is just another way in which the department excels in the education of mining engineers,” said Banfield. “We are extremely pleased to support the school with this donation.”As well as the computer lab remodeling, a much-awaited addition to the department’s home, the 78,200-square-foot Brown Hall, is now under construction on campus. The current laboratory accommodates up to about 40 students at computer stations equipped with mining engineering-related software packages, including MineSight. With Mintec’s gift, not only will the department see upgrades to its computers and software, but also improvements to other lab equipment including podiums, projectors and projection screens.“The new lab will accommodate nearly twice as many students as the current facility, with vastly improved computer technology and a layout more conductive to live and web-based instruction,” said Kadri Dagdelen, CSM mining engineering department head. “We are very thankful for Mintec’s support.”The donation continues Mintec’s tradition of investing in the miners of tomorrow. The company funds a $10,000 yearly scholarship both at Colorado School of Mines and University of Arizona. In the 2010-11 academic year, Mintec increased this amount to $25,000 per school. It will soon begin an annual scholarship at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia in Canada.Mintec is a global software and service provider for the mining industry. Its pioneering software system, MineSight, serves hundreds of sites and thousands of users. Since 1970 the company has grown to 160 employees staffing headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and nine regional offices on six continents. “After 40 years our commitment remains the same: To make mining better.”
GEOVIA has released the latest version of the GEMS geology and mine planning software application. GEMS 6.5 provides many exciting new features designed to save time and increase productivity. New tools enable much easier drillhole design, and then allow users to rapidly produce and evaluate solids from the drillhole information in ways that were not previously possible, freeing more time for evaluation and analysis. The new Dynamic Shells module allows geologists to quickly and easily model geologic data for visualisation of grade data.Fully integrated with GEMS, this tool is designed to save time when initially evaluating deposits and can assist in generating surfaces and solids in moments as opposed to hours. Although this method does not replace traditional solids and block modelling, it is a technique that can provide mining operations with a faster and more flexible analysis capability for an ore deposit. GEMS 6.5 benefits include a new drillhole design tool assists with designing and storing new drillholes for exploration or resource extension projects, allowing geologists to create and edit new planned drillholes graphically; the solids validation and error correction has undergone a dramatic change, and new solids repair functionality reduces solids validation time “from days to minutes”; and the solids autocorrect feature locates and fills invalid triangles, and removes and fills the resultant hole(s) with the ability to expand the selection to neighbouring triangles in order to fix more complex error groups.In addition, TIN conditioning, triangle thinning, selection and manual repair functions are also collated into the new tool for ease of use. The New Dynamic Shells module interactively creates grade shells from drillholes and sample information. Geologists can select data points directly from GEMS and immediately create implicitly modelled isosurfaces, and analyse several different models simultaneously based on different interpolation parameters.