Automated Pit Designer

Vulcan Automated Pit Designer is an open pit mine design tool that quickly iterates preliminary mine designs based on output from pit optimisation runs.

Automated Pit Designer is included in the Open Pit menu in the Vulcan Open Pit MineModeller bundle in Vulcan 10.


  • Triangulation modes remove the Boolean step of topography and pit design triangulations
  • Rapidly transform optimised block model results into realistic mine design contours
  • Conduct further design work or to generate analysis including pit-by-pit graphs and long term schedules
  • Use operating parameters such as minimum mining width and material digability as direct inputs and manipulate to create operational designs
  • Intuitive approach which accounts for design parameters such as local geotechnical conditions for wall angles
  • Generate representative design strings and triangulations based on raw pit optimisation output


  • Live reserving: Change design parameters and new tonnage and contained metal iterations can be updated in a single click.
  • Elaborate studies: Generate multiple pits with multiple different parameter sets, facilitated through scripting and sensitivity analysis to view the impact of different design considerations.
  • Real-world solutions: Incorporates real-world parameters like bench height and width, and slope information with pit optimisation output.
  • Flexible designs: Designs can be easily updated as new drilling or mining data becomes available or to reflect changing economics.
  • Advanced visualisation: Output from Pit Optimiser provides for refined visualisation of pit optimisation scenarios.
  • Dynamic planning: Automates creation of mineable pit shells after the optimisation process is complete.