The VentSimTM CONTROL (formerly SmartEXEC) software provides ventilation design capabilities which can be used for control and optimization.

After a programme of user feedback and evolution lasting almost a decade, VentSim CONTROL is today delivering outstanding results. In 2015, we developed a no programming 'plug and play' approach by incorporating instrumentation, automation, fans, dampers and fan motor starters that can be integrated quickly and easily into any VentSim CONTROL system. Today, any type and size of Howden fan can be supplied in that 'plug and play' configuration.

From the surface, remotely monitor, control and automate real-time airflow and ventilation in your mine. Pre-programmed, easy to use. Easily expands for growing operations.

This product is a part of TMVS – Total Mine Ventilation Solutions, the integrated suite of expertise, products and services that provides efficiency and safety across your mine operations

5 levels of control

1 - Manual

The operator uses the VentSim CONTROL interface to remotely turn fans on or off, to modify their speed or to set the % on regulators. Settings stay as they are until manually changed.

2 – Automatic schedules and events

VentSim CONTROL automatically changes underground fan and regulator settings as part of a schedule such as shift changes or planned events such as blasting.

3 – Automatic set points

The operator enters set points for airflow, gas levels, and/or temperature. VentSim CONTROL reads real-time conditions from monitoring stations, then automatically adjusts underground fan and regulator settings to maintain set points.

4 – Dynamic requirements (VOD)

VentSim CONTROL uses dynamic tracking to determine requirements for airflow, gas levels, and temperature based on personnel and vehicles in each area. VentSim CONTROL reads real-time conditions from monitoring stations and automatically adjusts underground fan and regulator settings to maintain safe and comfortable working conditions in a dynamic environment.

5 – Complete infrastructure optimization including main fans

VentSim CONTROL reads real-time conditions from monitoring stations and automatically optimizes underground fan and regulator settings, and also adjusts main fan settings to maintain required levels and maximize energy savings. This level of optimization controls the ventilation system as a whole using advanced control strategies designed for mine ventilation applications.


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VentSim CONTROL product overview

Mark Sanders explains about the amazing capabilities of VentSim CONTROL.


VentSim CONTROL Software

Hugo Dello Sbarba explains why he loves VentSim CONTROL software.


VentSim CONTROL People & Passion

Jocelyn Morier explains one reason why VentSim CONTROL is leading the way.


VentSim CONTROL Product Benefits

Mark Sanders explores the benefits of VentSim CONTROL.


VentSim CONTROL Ventilation Improvements

Hugo Dello Sbarba talks about the savings that can be made with even the smallest change in ventilation.

VentSim CONTROL Library

Control and monitor main fans, track airflow and air quality, in one consolidated unit.

Optimize airflow and ventilation to ensure quality working conditions

Control underground fans or variable flow devices, track airflow, pressure, humidity, temperature and up to nine gases in one consolidated unit.

Monitor airflow in raises to identify possible blockages.

Measure real-time airflow accurately and reliably.

Provide the connectivity and speed required for optimal performance of VentSim CONTROL system implementation.

Track airflow, pressure, humidity, temperature, and up to nine gases in one consolidated unit.

Precise, verifiable ventilation control with automatic or manual options.


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Case Studies

Goldcorp Éléonore gold mine

Our radically new VentSim CONTROL technologies that brought impressive cost and energy savings while also raising productivity.

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Howden Ventilation on Demand (VOD)

This study examines the results of three typical mines with VOD installed.

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Fresnillo gold and silver mines

Despite the difficulties of access and logistics, the operation is one of the most technologically advanced deep mines in the world, and incorporates VentSim™ CONTROL ventilation management.

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North American hard rock mine

Howden was invited to design and implement a ventilation control system that would optimise the supply of fresh air to underground workers while reducing energy consumption and operating costs.

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Howden Highlights

Ventilation as a Service

We will work with you to develop a solution that can save you over 50% on your energy costs.

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3 key benefits of VentSim CONTROL

The three key benefits that bring a whole new way to working in the mining industry.

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