New and enhanced tools in Vulcan 10 will value-add to technical data across critical modelling, design and planning processes. The software updates include new automated pit designer, variogram analysis, implicit modelling and grade control.
Vulcan 10 heralds a new era in user experience with the introduction of the Maptek Workbench as an integrated platform for development and delivery of products and services.
“The Workbench defines our future as a global mining technology leader,” said Maptek CEO Peter Johnson at the software launch. “A new design, new platform, new applications, new technology - the Workbench establishes a new environment for ongoing innovation in product development. Designing a new platform presents a host of challenges that need to be considered. One of the issues Maptek faced was resolving how mature products interact with new products and ensure an auditable data flow across mine processes.”
“When it comes down to it the important thing about software design is how it relates to the user," Johnson continued. ‘This is especially true in critical value markets like mining. It’s not enough to just develop a new application, it must improve the workflow and respond to practical concerns of the user base and business conditions.”
A new splitting solids tool applies current Vulcan multi-boolean capability to generate valid mining blocks for scheduling. Created solids can be clipped to a new topography as new data becomes available, delivering noticeable improvement in workflows for mid-term scheduling. This is complemented by another option that interactively cuts bench polygons, with target tonnage reserved against a block model as cutting proceeds.
Sophisticated modelling techniques are aided by advanced visualisation regimes for communicating alternative scenarios.
The new automated pit designer for creating mineable pit shells improves efficiency for engineering tasks. Pit models become dynamic agents in the planning process as optimised block models are transformed into realistic mine design contours in seconds. These contours in turn can be applied to further design work or generation of long-term schedules.
Vulcan 10 implicit modelling includes a new radial basis function for defining domains with shared or independent structural trends while accurately honouring drillhole data. Uncertainty modelling allows multiple orebodies to be automatically generated from drillhole datasets. Incorporating financial information enables quick assessment of mining viability for different scenarios.
The Maptek Workbench also enables a free 12-month trial of core drillhole viewing and exploration tools in Maptek Eureka for Vulcan Modeller users.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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