Maptek launches Vulcan 9 geological modelling mining software

Maptek has released its latest geological modelling and mine planning software.

According to the company it has made a number of performance upgrades to the software, such as the removal of the dynamic memory setting.

“The amount of data loaded and manipulated will [now] only be restricted by the hardware,” Maptek says,

“Graphics and display processes now take advantage of embedded processes (GPUs) to dramatically increase the rendering and manipulation speed of large datasets.”

Vulcan 9 comes with new object attribute features to provide the operate greater control of their data, allowing them to assign unlimited information to a design object, with all of its attributes able to be stored in a single location and available as need be.

“Uses can define attributes based on the kinds of information they deem relevant – information on zones, levels, grades, drift, direction – while formulas allow for reserving, naming, and complex calculations to be part of the object definition,” it said.

“Downstream processes such as reserving will be streamlined as values are automatically updated based on changes in the object or the data.”

The newest edition of Maptek’s software introduces implicit modelling for geologists to rapidly generate models of complex geological domains from drillhole information, it added.

This feature can be combined with existing Vulcan modelling tools, and provides multi-domain geological surfaces with no overlap, which allows for more consistent results and eliminates manual adjustments.

“By producing a block model and triangulations, implicit modelling allows geologists to move seamlessly into resource estimation and have greater confidence in the final result,” Vulcan product manager Eric Gonzalez stated.

Underground engineering has also been targeted, with new design applications, underground ring design, and stope optimisation.

This aids in streamlining workflows, as it provides interactive previews, advanced framework options, and simulations of ‘what-if’ scenarios reduce the manual aspect of design tasks.

Open pit engineers will also find improved capabilities in haulage profile tools and stratigraphic pit design functionality.


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