RPMGlobal to optimise mine design with underground metals software

RPMGlobal has unveiled its Underground Metals Solution (UGMS) optimiser software for mine planning customers.

The optimiser marks the first edition of RPM’s designs software offering, which is fully integrated with the company’s enterprise solutions.

Its design application uses parameters and automatic design tools that save time and build an optimal mine design for users.

The user can change the parameters as they wish and re-run their model to generate the optimal mine design based on the new parameters.

“At RPM, we are looking at design differently,” chief executive Richard Mathews said.

“We have leveraged the most advanced technologies including the very latest parametric design capabilities that support rapid scenario generation, long-term planning and optimal mine design for our customers.

“This ensures miners continue to drive efficiency and productivity improvements in a visually orientated environment.”

UGMS optimiser incorporates discrete optimisation tools used in underground metals mine design in one solution.

This integration enables users to rapidly understand the impact of changes to key economic drivers, such as metallurgical grade, mining costs, revenue, foreign exchange, and the roll-on effects these have on accessing the mineral deposits to be mined.

RPM’s new design solution uses its development optimiser to determine the most economical network of tunnels to access and extract ore on each level of the mine.

The development optimiser combines planar underground network optimiser (PUNO) and decline optimisation tool (DOT) to produce the stope shapes and stope inventories from a block model that spatially represents the location of the mineralisation. This reduces the time required to generate optimum mining shapes from months to days.

“We are the first company to combine and incorporate the three big underground optimisers (stope optimisation, underground network optimiser and decline optimisation) into one enterprise enabled design product which is a game-changer for the industry,” Mathews said.

“The value of the results this product will produce through the ability to quickly evaluate multiple mine design scenarios to achieve profitable outcomes and the time it will save will be a true differentiator from the existing tools in use in the industry.”

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