Welcome to 2 new GEOVIA Champions

Phindile Phalatse – Senior Data Geologist at Exxaro, South Africa and Mario Baudino – Deputy to the General Directorate of Mining operations, Cementos Avellaneda, Argentina.




GEOVIA are proud to introduce new Champions to the GEOVIA Champions program.

They are both passionate about their jobs and believe that there is a more effective way to accomplish their day-to-day tasks. They have been recognized for their knowledge and problem-solving abilities by their peers.

Through the champions program they will boost their professional growth, be exposed to innovations and prototypes, and benefit from collective intelligence of like-minded peers to solve current challenges in mining operations.

Welcome Phindile Phalatse and Mario Baudino to the Champions program!



Phindile Phalatse – Senior Data Geologist

Exxaro, South Africa



Phindile Phalatse works as a Senior Geodata Geologist for Exxaro at the largest coal beneficiation complex in the world. Her over 9 years’ experience is predominantly in the coal mining industry within South Africa.

Exploration, data management and resource modelling are her areas of expertise. She utilises the GEOVIA Minex package to model the mine’s resources resulting in both structural and qualities estimations.

Highlights to her career include being an integral part of the centralised database project and her continued efforts to optimize the data manipulation process, modelling new mining configurations to assess the feasibility of different mining strategies and resolving quality data issues (standardization, cumulating and compositing) using Minex’s coal washability function.

She is eager to participate in the Champions to not only broaden her skills base but, also to collaborate with GEOVIA to optimize the software packages where possible.


Connect with Phindile on LinkedIn



Mario Baudino – Deputy to the General Directorate of Mining operations

Cementos Avellaneda, Argentina



Mario Baudino is a Mining Engineer with thirty years of experience in Open Pit Exploration, Exploitation and Closure projects.

He developed his career as Mine Manager at Cementos Avellaneda S.A. belonging to Cementos Molins (Spain) and Cementos Votorantim (Brazil). (1993-2011).

The company has licenses for the Surpac and Minesched software for Modeling and Mining Planning work.

He worked as Associate Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting Argentina International Consulting Company that provides engineering and geosciences services for mining (2011-2017)

He is currently Deputy to the General Directorate of Operations at Cementos Avellaneda S.A. (2017-today).

He is also Associate Professor at the National University of San Luis-UNSL and the National University of Southern Patagonia – UNPA in Argentina. (1991-today)

He has a Master in Planning and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Polytechnic University of Madrid (2007) and a Doctor of Mining, University of Oviedo, Spain (2017).


Connect with Mario on LinkedIn.





As a Champion, you are a passionate GEOVIA user or an early adopter interested in the 3DEXPERIENCE mine.

You often speak proactively and positively about GEOVIA to your peers. You are keen to share your expertise and learn about how to apply innovative technologies to mining.

We, at GEOVIA, believe that you deserve to be recognized for the passion and expertise that you contribute to the user community.

That’s why we invite you to showcase your story to inspire the GEOVIA community


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