All Case Studies

Modelling volcanic ash clouds

Vulcan 3D modelling and visualisation tools provide a better understanding of the behaviour of volcanic ash clouds for improving hazard management.

Shortcuts in Mine Design

When designing a new underground project, Newmont Mining devised a faster, more accurate method for evaluating alternative designs using Vulcan.

Finding the dirt coal divide

A reverse block modelling approach allowed Stockton Mine to predict lithologies of thick black mudstone to more accurately determine the top of coal for efficient mining.

Modelling waste stockpiles

An innovative approach to stockpile monitoring using Vulcan sees Energy Resources Australia optimise stockpiled materials at the Ranger mine.

Maptek services meet site needs

Maptek provided staff to cover survey shortages at Poitrel Mine, ensuring project deadlines were met and a survey management plan was in place.

Specialist Vulcan training in Mongolia

Vulcan software and Maptek expertise helped the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine to meet a tight schedule and deliver their first ore.

Vulcan tetramodelling at Plutonic

Barrick Plutonic Gold Mine uses the tetramodelling functionality in Vulcan to quickly identify areas of economic importance in areas with multiple sub-parallel lodes.

Vulcan models coal for Vale Mozambique

Vulcan HARP block modelling provided mine planners at Vale Mozambique with accurate quality and volume information, linking mine planning and geological information in a single model.

Faster 3D modelling in Vulcan

A new technique in Vulcan allows users to increase productivity in generating 3D geological models for large, complex metalliferous orebodies.

Optimising waste dump sequencing with Vulcan

Vulcan design options and the haulage profile module were used to develop a tool for optimising dump filling.

Vulcan helps shape Tanami

Newmont Asia Pacific applied the Vulcan Stope Optimiser to assess how cut-off grade variations affect orebody expansion plans for the Tanami Operations.

Statistical framework for Potash grade

Potasio Rio Colorado explores for potash in Argentina. A Vulcan simulation helps define a statistical framework for quantifying grade uncertainty where data is scarce.

Open pit Vulcan grade control

Vulcan is used for grade control in a bulk mineable Carlin-type gold system at Cortez Hills Mine in Nevada.

Grade control tools underground

Eagle Mine has developed an efficient and accurate method for estimating stope grades by innovative application of Maptek Vulcan grade control tools.

Short range planning improvements

Iron Ore Company of Canada built a dynamic geological model for mine scheduling with Vulcan grade control and block modelling tools.

Transition from underground to open pit mining

The BHP Billiton Cannington mine used Vulcan for phase and dump design, truck fleet estimation and mine planning to assist with the proposed transition from underground mine to open pit.

Simulating Zinc grades

A geostatistical approach sees the application of the Sequential Gaussian simulation module in Vulcan to study uncertainty in zinc grades for the Francisco I. Madero deposit in Mexico.

Good grades at Sino Iron

CITIC Pacific Mining uses Maptek Vulcan grade control tools to ensure that the most economically viable areas of the resource are delivered to the crushers.

Vulcan chosen for Olympic Dam expansion

BHP Billiton undertook angled infill drilling to upgrade the classification of mineral resources and create a Vulcan resource Olympic Dam expansion evaluation stage.

Using Vulcan to prepare regulatory reports

Glendell Mine implemented Vulcan to turn around the time consuming process of compiling and submitting regulatory survey reports.