The goal of all miners is to achieve maximum efficiency. From the time you first break ground to site remediation; you want to get the most out of your site in the best way possible. Aiding this constant drive, Maptek has released Vulcan 8.1, which provides new engineering functions for underground stope studies, scheduling tools for open cut operations as well as other additional features.
Maptek’s Vulcan product manager Eric Gonzalez explained that "for Vulcan 8.1 we ran the largest product beta test program to date, and the feedback has been instrumental in developing this latest product".
Vulcan 8.1 includes new bundles from that its predecessor. The scheduling bundles have been designed for open cut operations, with the short term planner combining a new Sequence Accumulation tool with interactive scheduling tools already in Vulcan.
Improvements have also been made to the existing Chronos scheduler, with configuration parameters and multi-threading aimed at reducing the time taken to run optimisations. The Stope Optimiser itself has been tweaked to speed up the running of multiple scenarios based on variables in block models, including 3D mining zones as well as polygons and reports.
A new QuarryModeller bundle provides a set of modelling tools tailored for quarries, while an additional toolbar streamlines the Grade Control process.
Users can also now blast designs on the screen.
The interface has been enhanced for the pit layout and bench and batter projection menus, while new geotechnical display options include better tadpole plots and stickplots.
This latest edition of Vulcan is designed to allow for more accurate compositing, and allows data exported from 8.1 to be displayed using free viewers as well as embedded in documents, suing Ngrain and VRML formats. It also provides support for ECW image import.
According to Maptek, work has now begun on 8.2, as it responds to user feedback.
Mark Scholes, Maptek’s manager for mine planning solutions, told Australian Mining that it will contain a number of "exciting features".
These include rapid pit design modules; unfolding by anisotropy; IREDES export for automated drilling in open cut and underground operations; improved CSV/Excel import for drill hole databases; the addition of metadata information for triangulations; a new Boolean for triangulations; improved ODBC connection schemes; 3D PDF support; ROM models and stripping ratio for stratigraphic HARP models; as well as improved Block Model Flags from section polygraphs.
It will be released next year.