An independent judging panel comprising several of Australia’s leading experts in the bulk handling industries made the selection, representing private enterprise, academia and government. The judges included: Professor Mark Jones, Director, Key Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies, the University of Newcastle; Assoc Professor Peter Wypych, Chair, Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling; John Planner, Director, Introspec Consulting; Neil Kinder, Managing Director, Kinder & Co; Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Nu-Con Australia; Ivan Price, Managing Director, Kockums Bulk Systems; and Charles Macdonald, Editor, Australian Bulk Handling Review acting as moderator. QMASTOR’s General Manager Steve Maxwell who received the award said: “It is truly an honour for QMASTOR to be selected as the overall category winner, in an Australian mining and bulk commodity software market that is renowned globally for its excellence in technology innovation. It is a credit to our dedicated team whom continue to develop and deliver world class solutions that add real value to our mining and bulk commodity clients. QMASTOR’s approach to collaborate with clients to deliver pragmatic solutions is a key factor in the company’s growing success. QMASTOR looks forward to further collaboration and innovative product development to add to our current portfolio of bulk commodity software solutions that includes: Pit to Port.net – export mining supply chain management, Pit to Plant.net – domestic mining supply chain management, Port to Plant.net – import supply chain management, SMS3D.net – advanced 3D stockpile modelling and iFuse – mining system integration, that are rapidly moving towards industry standard status.” QMASTOR systems currently manage over 300 Mt/y of bulk commodity movements per annum in coal, iron ore, nickel, bauxite and copper/gold. www.qmastor.com QMASTOR, an Australian supplier of bulk materials management information systems, was recently announced as the recipient of The IT Solution Award for its Pit to Port.net system. These awards pay tribute to industry champions across a range of fields including: Innovative Technology; Environmentally Responsible Projects; Dust Control; OH&S; IT Solutions; Conveying and Transport Technology. The IT Solution Award, which was sponsored by Lloyds List DCN, represents excellence for a system, software, or information technology application with specific relevance to bulk handling, bulk materials scheduling or the supply chain.