I remember years ago when I first got Super Mario Brothers for Christmas. My sister and I loved that game. We didn’t think games could get any better. When Super Mario Brothers 3 came out, we were ecstatic. In Mario 3, you could get a frog suit, hammer suit and the coveted tanooki suit – although similar to Mario 1, it was much better…
For the mining industry, Super Mario Brothers 3 has now arrived in the form of Vulcan Stope Optimiser version 2.
A couple of years ago Stope Optimiser version 1 was released in Vulcan 8.1, and it revolutionised the underground mine design process. In just a few months we will see Stope Optimiser version 2 in the release of Vulcan 9.
Version 2 comes with a load of new functionality to aid the user in the stope design process. In version 1, things were a bit more rigid, whereas in version 2 you have more flexibility in output, framework, level orientation, and more…
Here are a few things to look forward to in version 2:
More robust naming options for the output stope triangulations
Ability to specify irregular stope frameworks
Options to optimise the framework itself
Additional methods for specifying cutoff as well as the inclusion of headgrade cutoff parameters
Post-processing options to split, merge or smooth the stope shapes
Ability to apply restrictions through conditions and structure surfaces
Use of control strings to guide the positions of the stope shapes
Inclusion of a new optimisation method – Section Method
What does this mean for the user?
These enhancements reduce the amount of manual manipulation that may be required when using the output data. Stope naming is a huge time saver when plugging these shapes into a long term schedule. The enhancements in version 2 also allow more flexibility in creating a framework that accurately represents your mining method and sequence.
Stope Optimiser version 2 represents a huge leap forward in the world of stope design. The new version will be familiar, but it will have so much more – just like Super Mario Brothers 3. Despite the lack of a tanooki suit, Stope Optimiser version 2 is my new favorite tool.
For more information about this tool or to see a demonstration, please contact your local Maptek office.
Product Market Manager
October 24, 2013
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