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Increasing blasting precision

New software launched by Maptek is helping shotfirers to increase their blasting precision and create better consumables tracking habits.

The latest release of Maptek's BlastLogic Version 2.0 drill and blast accuracy management system is helping miners to reduce operational costs.

"Getting the fundamentals of drill and blast right every time is crucial," Maptek's product manager for BlastLogic," Mark Roberts, explained.

"Better blast performance leads to better fragmentation, which in turn leads to easier handling and processing of excavated material.'

"Improving fragmentation for example has a direct impact on 'digability' and can lead to shovel gains of up to 10 per cent," he added.

The new software, and the capabilities it creates, also has a number of other positive influences on downstream productivity including explosives loading and blast timing controls.

"BlastLogic Version 2.0 adds tie up tools, blast modelling and inventory management to an already powerful solution for tracking and improving blast performance," the company stated, adding that "commodity loss can be reduced by as much as 20 per cent when blast techniques and performance are improved".

Designed with tie-up tools, users can now quickly create and compare multiple blasting design scenarios, with the modelling software allowing operators to directly target fragmentation, vibration, and overpressure issues, providing blast modelling previews to help determine if the set design will produce the forecast blast outcome.

The added BlastLogic Version 2.0 inventory management is also linked to blast results, with a site catalogue tracking and reconciling explosives received, dispatched, and used.

Additionally this information can then easily be referenced and analysed to improve operational forecasting and cost efficiencies.

"BlastLogic effectively provides a live window to what's happening in the field," Roberts stated.

"Immediate access to production data, analysing results in real time and making changes on the fly mean all teams are working in sync.

"Sharing and analysing data instantly at critical stages helps clarify priorities. BlastLogic puts operations in a prime position to make decisions which ensure they get the best drill and blast performance for their outlay," he said.

"Only BlastLogic supports blast-by-blast analytics, allowing comparison of blasts across the mine to correlate design, execution and results." 

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