Micromine will be releasing the latest version of its highly successful exploration and 3D mine design solution at a special event in Perth next month.
Relevant to all stages of the mineral extraction process, Micromine enables users to capture, manage and interpret critical data, and provides explorers with an in-depth understanding of their project so they can target prospective regions more effectively. Miners can use the software’s easy-to-use modelling, estimation, planning and design tools to simplify day-to-day production tasks.
Continuously enhanced over the years to meet evolving user needs and industry conditions, the software is now getting ready for its 16th release. The Perth launch of Micromine 2016 at the QV1 Function Centre in the presence of clients and industry will be followed by events to be held in Brisbane, Australia, as well as internationally throughout the company’s global offices, including Russia, North America, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Commenting on the upcoming release, MICROMINE’s Technical Product Manager, Frank Bilki says Micromine 2016 is the result of nearly two years of continuous development and many hundreds of individual changes. He explained that many of the updates are Core features that benefit every user including simple timesavers such as being able to drop any supported file into Micromine from an outside location, and a Project Explorer pane that provides direct access to all of the files in a project.
Core enhancements also include 3D PDF output, which produces PDFs where users can interactively show and hide layers, rotate, pan and zoom the display, and even measure distances and directions, right within Adobe Acrobat Reader; dynamic field expressions that let users write ‘equations’ wherever they would select an input field, together with an expression-based calculator that takes full advantage of this enhancement; quick-find options for locating drillholes and wireframes (triangulations) within a mass of data; and Maximum Intensity Projection for the Vizex Point layer for visualising trends in huge point clouds.
Explorers benefit from a suite of flexible new drillhole planning tools that includes options for designing straight or curved holes from the bottom up or the top down. Customers working in a mature area can save time by easily using an existing hole as a template for a planned hole.
New drillhole-related tools also include drillhole log display, which includes a large number of display types and page layout controls, along with interactive grade intersection calculations; and drillhole database filter option, ideal for packaging all of the drill data needed for statutory annual reporting.
Explorers and resource geologists will benefit from new chart axis formatting options; stereonet improvements such as Fisher contours and pole-group definitions; improved statistical cross-validation, which now supports all interpolation methods and modelling parameters; a new block model assign option that writes the properties of rotated and sub-blocked models to a file; and improved multiple indicator kriging.
According to Mr Bilki, major changes have been made to Micromine’s implicit modelling module, the largest of which is the inclusion of a varying structural trend in the modelling process. The implicit modeller now accommodates changes in the direction of the geological structures under investigation. New radial basis function (RBF) solver options allow users to tailor the solver to the data while a new output file option saves the implicit model equation for later reuse.
Miners benefit from Micromine’s all-new long-term production scheduler, which complements the existing short-term activity scheduler. The long-term scheduler uses industry-standard mixed-integer solvers to determine the optimal mining sequence, and users can choose a free or commercial solver to suit their needs and budget. A new tool that simplifies the creation of mining blocks (tasks); a new quick filter option that simplifies the search for individual mining tasks in a complex schedule; and modified wireframe grade-tonnage reporting to define hierarchical material types that are necessary for today’s mineral operations are some of the other changes in the software.
Surface miners gain a redesigned Pit Optimiser workflow and a built-in charting and reporting framework that eliminates the need to use a spreadsheet application. A new Pit Optimiser database caches all of the relevant data, eliminating unnecessary recalculations. Tools for auto-building an open pit shell and realigning multiple open pit design strings are some of the additional features for surface miners.
Underground miners get a suite of tools for converting sidewalls of underground mine workings into 3D solids, which includes creating floor wireframes (triangulations) from overlapping mine workings such as declines, sidewall-to-centreline conversion, and an improved sidewall-to-solid conversion.
Micromine is fully Windows 10 compatible.