Orica enhances SHOTPlus Underground blast design software

The SHOTPlus Underground blast design software (visualisation). Image: Orica

Orica has released the latest blast design and modelling software for underground mining applications, SHOTPlus Underground.

The new software is designed for advanced underground blast design and complex blasting scenarios.

This follows successful trials by Orica’s technical services teams, with Orica global digital products senior manager Angelo Labriola stating that the latest SHOTPlus has been fully re-written.

Designing, analysing and visualising in 3D has never been easier, according to Labriola.

“Ring to ring and hole to hole interactions and overall blast dynamics are at your fingertips, allowing users to optimise and maximise output, benefit and results,” he said.

Underground production blasting typically requires geometrically complex ring patterns. Optimising the explosives loading and initiation design and producing clear instructions to blasting crews requires a specialised software solution.

SHOTPlus is designed to meet the needs of underground mining applications, delivering an improved interactive 3D environment and enhanced visualisation.

The software also features quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) tools to allow engineers to identify the most efficient blast design to ensure the required outcome.

This set of features and tools allow for easy adjustment of blast designs and rapid comparison of different scenarios.

“The ability to seamlessly adjust, visualise and optimise underground blast loading designs and timing allows users to efficiently design blasts, irrespective of complexity,” Labriola said.

“It also enables the necessary analysis to optimise the performance of blast designs with Orica’s electronic initiation systems, dramatically cutting down the time required to produce loading and timing instructions for blast crews.”

SHOTPlus’ direct integration with Orica’s electronic initiation systems ensures that the blast design process flows seamlessly with Orica’s product suite.

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