Maptek has released new modelling and mining planning features in its latest Vulcan iteration.
New features of Vulcan 9.1 include Gantt Scheduler for underground operations, a level designer for stope access design, and enhancements to implicit modelling.
It also offers upgrades to pit optimisers, borehole geophysics, and stratigraphic modelling tools.
“We want to ensure customers spend less time processing data, leaving more time to apply their expertise to critical analysis and decision making,” Vulcan product manager Eric Gonzalez said.
“For example, pit optimisations for both single and multi-pit designs are up to 95% faster in Vulcan 9.1. A calculation that may have taken four hours, now takes seconds.”
The new Gantt Scheduler provides scheduling activities created directly from mine designed, with attributes able to be generated on the run, allowing schedules to be consistently updated whenever designs are modified.
“Gantt Scheduler sets a new standard for integrated design and scheduling,” Gonzalez said.
“Underground mine engineers will benefit from a faster, streamlined approach to long term strategic planning and detailed design tasks.”
The level designer allows operators to create hundreds of cross-cuts quickly, with design strings and cost information provided at each development scenario.
“Stope Optimiser generates stope shapes, which Level Designer leverages for designing access points, and the information is then scheduled in Gantt Scheduler. Vulcan Ring Design tools are then used to drill out the stope for handover to production,” he said.
“Underground mine development is now done entirely in Vulcan.”
The implicit modelling tool now includes sample selection tools and triangulation output controls so that more complex settings can be modelled into domains.
“Vulcan users can set up large, multi-domain geological models. The models can be applied and updated for ‘what if’ scenarios throughout the mine planning cycle,” Gonzalez added.
The pit optimiser helps to reduce the level of customisation required in Excel, allowing operators to run scenario previews and calculations in detail.
“Stratigraphic modelling upgrades allow users to combine different modelling methods into a ‘hybrid’ approach which makes best use of their available data. A new interface to borehole geophysics streamlines database interpretation,” the company added.
CAD data is now handled by graphics card drivers for improved performance, building on support for triangulations and block models introduced in earlier releases.