Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile

Marcelo Arancibia and Jorge Garcia conducted a Vulcan masterclass for 48 students and two teachers in the Universidad Católica del Norte’s Civil Mining Engineering faculty in August.

The four-day class focussed on the latest Vulcan tools for 3D visualisation, modelling and analysis.

Familiarisation with new technology promotes career development for the 5th and 6th year students. Topics addressed during the workshop relate directly to the complexities that they will encounter as mining professionals.

The implementation of Vulcan software in the curriculum also helps motivate students for future success in their chosen career.

The alliance between Maptek and the university is set to continue, with plans to generate research topics applying Vulcan to modelling, design and analysis of different mining scenarios.

Montana Tech, USA

Students at Montana Tech took advantage of a four-day intensive course to learn the fundamentals of Vulcan. From basics such as pan and rotate they moved on to designing line and polygon data, creating surface and solid triangulations, and viewing drillhole databases.

By the end they were also able to view block models, perform calculations on their models, run reserves, and complete a pit design.

The course was held prior to the first week of classes. The 4th year and graduate students will use the Vulcan training for the laboratory portion of their Surface Mine Design course, which pairs practical computer design methods with mine design knowledge gained through course lectures.

Students who use Vulcan for the design portion of their capstone projects will also apply their knowledge to create and evaluate a mine design.

Most of the 20 students attending the course were in the Montana Tech mining engineering program, with some from geological engineering and geoscience. A few students from Ghana and Canada joined the local cohort.

Founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines with one building, Montana Tech now has 3000 students on a growing campus.

Butte, Montana, where the university is located, has a rich history of mining and continues to be an active mining area today. Though these students may not stay close to ‘home’ when they graduate, they will be armed with knowledge that will allow them to work anywhere in the world.