Maptek launches new mapping tools

Maptek’s latest Vulcan 10 mapping and surveying software incorporates a range of new and improved tools.

According to the company its new tools “will value-add to technical data across critical modelling, design and planning processes. Highlights of the software release include new automated pit designer, variogram analysis, implicit modelling and grade control”.

Vulcan 10 includes Maptek Workbench as an integrated platform for the development and delivery of the products and services.

“The Workbench defines our future as a global mining technology leader,” Maptek CEO Peter Johnson said at the software launch.

“A new design, new platform, new applications, new technology – the Workbench establishes a new environment for ongoing innovation in product development.”

In the new release, Maptek took a different approach to variogram analysis.

Fourteen menu items have been streamlined into a sophisticated tool that provides new methods for handling structural and grade based anisotropy.

Resource geologists have access to alternative methods to evaluate data, displaying multiple models concurrently for real-time, side-by-side comparisons.

A new splitting solids tool applies current Vulcan multi-boolean capability to generate valid mining blocks for scheduling.

Created solids can be clipped to a new topography as new data becomes available, delivering improvement in workflows for mid-term scheduling.

This is complemented by another option that interactively cuts bench polygons, with target tonnage reserved against a block model as cutting proceeds.

“This is a good example of how workflow tools maintain the integrity of data from block modelling in Vulcan to scheduling in Maptek Evolution. Usability and onscreen validation are key features of these pre-scheduling tools which improve productivity for short and long term planning,” Maptek said in an official statement.

Sophisticated modelling techniques are supported by advanced visualisation regimes for communicating alternative scenarios. Users can work with regular block models containing billions of blocks in Vulcan 10.

These users can also cut models into slices and toggle through sections on screen, with the display seamlessly modified.

The new automated pit designer for creating mineable pit shells improves efficiency for engineering tasks. Pit models become dynamic agents in the planning process as optimised block models are transformed into realistic mine design contours in seconds. These contours in turn can be applied to further design work or generation of long-term schedules.

Vulcan 10 implicit modelling includes a new radial basis function for defining domains with shared or independent structural trends while accurately honouring drillhole data.

Uncertainty modelling allows multiple orebodies to be automatically generated from drillhole datasets. Incorporating financial information enables quick assessment of mining viability for different scenarios.

According to Johnson, it also features a new graphical interface.

“The flexible new interface comes into its own in a multi-screen environment. Docking database and design windows side-by-side allows interactive editing and viewing, with easy access to text, csv and script editing apps. The Workbench introduces a new workflow tool that accesses different Vulcan menus and options, and will eventually extend to all Maptek products.”



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