Making mining easier

Micromine 2020 features enhanced data visualisation and animation.

MICROMINE expands it renowned user-friendly solution to underground mine design and planning. Say hello to Micromine 2020.

MICROMINE has developed a new stope optimisation tool in its latest exploration and mine design software, Micromine 2020, for greater ease in underground design and planning.

The company has ingeniously taken the best of the industry standard for Pit Optimisation and blended it with underground specifics to deliver an intuitive, efficient solution for Stope Optimisation use.

This is the “beauty” of MICROMINE’s latest release. Micromine 2020 allows everyone who’s familiar with conducting open pit design and long-term planning to be comfortable transitioning to the company’s stope optimisation offering.

“Say a mining engineer wants to produce a mine with a stope of a specified minimum size,” Thomas says.

“Micromine 2020 will work out the best place to put that stope within its understanding of what the deposit looks like.

 “It uses both design and economic parameters such as costs, dilution and recovery factors, and minimum stope size in each direction, in different areas. So there’s a huge amount of flexibility in how you’d like to configure the stopes within the actual deposit.”

When it comes to user-friendliness, Micromine 2020 has made a search facility within the app that allows users to type in a query about what they’d like to solve or achieve.

The app will then bring up the right features to use, allowing people to find solutions much more quickly.

Further, MICROMINE is propping up future mining requirements. In response to increasing uptake of automation, the tech company has made significant improvements to Micromine 2020’s scheduling abilities.

Micromine 2020 also supports auxiliary tasks such as drilling, blasting, extraction and backfilling, which go with stoping.

“These are similar tasks you encounter in open cut mining,” Thomas says.

“Whichever you do – open cut or underground mining – the scheduler is going to make a lot of difference and tackle much bigger problems. There isn’t really one part of the mining chain that we don’t add value to.”

Micromine 2020’s reporting tools is very much detail-oriented, thanks to a new report generator that allows people to quickly summarise the reports and customise them according to their summary preferences.

This expanded analytical charting framework combines analytical results with pleasing visuals to address several problems in resource estimation.

It also features 3D and interactive viewing, where users can spin and magnify a layout, and look in detail what the software has done.

“We’re trying to expose everything so that people can clearly see what’s going on, report it and make sure they’re happy with the result,” Thomas says.

With all the functionality that Micromine 2020 provides, they’re contained in a single, consistent package, which received glowing feedback from customers having accessed the beta release program.

Once a user is trained in one area of the package, they can very easily take their skills and tools learned and use them in other areas of the package, according to Thomas.

It is also compatible with many geological and mining file formats, including Open Mining Format (OMF).

For companies already familiar with MICROMINE’s exploration tools, they’d be able to migrate to all other parts of the value chain that Micromine 2020 addresses and use the software very well.

However, MICROMINE has also identified several fundamental improvements it wanted to achieve from the get go, according to MICROMINE technical product manager Gordon Thomas.

The improvements include Micromine 2020’s ability to generate geological models from a very basic understanding of what geology looks like, with minimal information. Moreover the New Grade, Intrusion, Contact and Vein Implicit modelling tools simplify the creation of complex geological models.

“Micromine 2020 adds value right through from exploration to geological modelling, from mine design to scheduling. There’s a massive number of tools in each area that makes people’s lives easier,” Thomas says.

“That is the natural follow-on from our ongoing commitment to our customers and the market to keep improving the product with new tools to make mining easier.”

This article also appears in the December edition of Australian Mining.

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