Mining engineer Brad Gyngell has big plans for start-up, Hevi, which has secured a launch client for its contract management software and caught the eye of others in Australia’s multi-billion-dollar contract mining and construction industry.
Gyngell, who spent nearly six years as US-based surveying and modelling company Strayos’ chief operations officer and most senior manager in Australia, started Hevi earlier this year with co-founder and former university mate, Paul Culvenor.
Culvenor is also chief financial officer at underground mining contractor, Access Mining, which has become the first user of Hevi’s “fit-for-purpose” platform. Gyngell says he’s had initial discussions with other contractors.
He told InvestMETS contracts worth billions of dollars were being managed by heavy industry contractors using rudimentary Excel-spreadsheet based systems. Hevi was conceived with the user group’s specific needs in mind, with contract process automation and fast, secure claim management among the features.
“Mining contractors have proper systems in place for everything: safety, compliance, production, etc, but not for the part of the job that gets them paid and protects their margins,” Gyngell said.