Maptek optimises approach for strategic scheduling control

Mining software company Maptek’s latest release, Evolution 5, delivers an updated interface for scheduling with attributed solids.

This upgrade enables short- or medium-term scheduling with block models or solids, and seamless handling of stratigraphic reserves. It represents a more intuitive way to see the source information for scheduling, according to Maptek.

Evolution product manager and Maptek mine planning business manager Eduardo Coloma explained that a three-month beta testing program had been incredibly valuable for identifying improvements before the release.

“Customer feedback provides an understanding of what the industry wants to see next, helping us prioritise ideas for our scheduling roadmap. Maptek is relentless in its drive to put smart functionality on the desktop for customers to intuitively apply their scheduling and site knowledge,” Coloma said.

Enhanced road network tools save time setting up schedules, leaving engineers more time for analysis. With Evolution 5, users can assign dependencies to solids and employ their preferred approach to better control schedules, Maptek stated.

They also gain more control over processes and the accumulation of parcels. Better validation of user data before submitting a scheduling job saves time later in the process and improves confidence.

With Evolution Strategy users can define residual capital categories that would apply towards the end of mine life when stockpiles are being depleted, allowing for dynamic adjustment of fixed administration costs.

Reporting and graphing of any data related to the schedule makes comparison easier, allowing engineers to more quickly and confidently decide on the preferred plan to adopt.

A new aggregation module can be purchased in conjunction with Evolution 5. Targeting stratigraphic deposits, the new module allows operations, for example, to calculate coal and waste quantities and qualities as they change at each stage of the mining process.

“A flexible yet automated step-based workflow allows users to define parameters, and automatic calculations remove the need for complex scripting. At the same time, transparency is maintained regarding how models were created and what inputs were used,” Coloma said.