Latest geology and mine planning tools

The Maptek Workbench allows dynamic access to data and applications across processes. Vulcan and Eureka now share this single interactive environment.

Integrating workflows and data throughout the mining chain is the future of robust mining processes. Maptek continues to focus on delivering multiple applications on the Maptek Workbench.

Maptek Vulcan 10.1 features new functionality to streamline modelling and design, optimise scheduling, and improve speed and usability. Maptek Eureka 4.0 is included in the release, with core viewing and drillhole tools on a timed trial ending June 2017.

Vulcan 10.1

Mining Blocks

Mining block generation is now handled by a single tool allowing users to segment information within block models (polygons, solids, surfaces) to prepare mining blocks for short term scheduling. Combining design and reserving tools improves productivity.

Users can now interrogate mining blocks for defined attributes as well as reserve calculations through dynamic link to the block model. Mining block generation is easy to set up and run. Multiple pits are supported, with the topography considered for adjacent pits.  

Underground scheduling

Enhanced integration in Vulcan 10.1 allows the Vulcan Gantt Scheduler to directly read a Vulcan block model, removing the need to run templated attributes and advanced reserves to populate designs with reserve information. The process for updating the schedule with changes has been streamlined.

Swapping out data with the same name preserves sequencing for easier viewing of the impact of design changes on schedules.

Multiple vgantt files can be imported and exported for scheduling shorter range plans from LOM. Multiple users can schedule different zones. Summary reports can be imported for a holistic view of the mine schedule.

The Schedule Optimisation tool is an add-on to VGS for creating long term schedules that optimise NPV while adhering to operational resource constraints. Multiple scenarios can be run for analysis, and built-in reporting improves user experience.

Decline optimiser

Decline Optimiser quickly creates cost optimised single or complex decline networks. Integration with Vulcan Level Designer generates multiple underground development scenarios to consider for mine planning.

Block model manipulation

New utilities allow users to easily manipulate block models. Chopping a model, running complex computations on separate computers, and then joining the models speeds up workflow and benefits users working with large datasets and block models.

Dragline options

New dragline tools automate the creation of maximum dragline spoil topography and spreadsheet template setup for comparing available spoil room to actual sectional spoil volumes.

Creating a level bench of specified width or RL is now done in a single step, avoiding trial and error. New dragline preferences allow tailored prompts and defaults for rehandle.

Multi-ID grade estimation

Speed for grade estimation  is further increased by estimating groups of IDs together and making better use of multiple cores available in modern processors. Estimation runs that took 5 hours have been reduced to less than an hour.

Python scripting

Vulcan 10.1 includes an interface to the Python scripting language. Customising solutions for block models, databases, mapfiles, grids and triangulations provides an efficient method for working with large arrays of data.

Graphics speed

Updates to the graphics driver improve the interactive interface so that larger datasets can be handled efficiently.

New transparency display algorithm and keyboard mode selection options enhance speed and convenience for editing designs. Integration of dynamic model display with the Property Editor provides an intuitive tool for interpreting block models.

More about Vulcan 10.1

Eureka 4.0

Eureka now shares the Maptek Workbench environment with Vulcan, offering improved workflows, data sharing and access to additional applications on a single platform.  

Eureka provides an interactive 3D environment for visualisation and modelling of exploration and project data including drilling, geophysics, seismic, GIS, maps and other imagery.

Vulcan and Eureka maintain their own file explorer and menus.

Tied views allow viewing of data in Eureka on one screen and the same or different data in Vulcan on another.

Rotate or zoom actions in one window are replicated in the other. Drilling data edited in Vulcan is dynamically updated in Eureka boreholes. An implicit model created in Eureka is instantly available for use in Envisage as a triangulation file.

Maptek Workbench

The Maptek Workbench is the interface within which all Maptek software products will ultimately be available. This release incorporates Vulcan 10.1 and Eureka 4.0.

The Workbench platform allows efficient interaction with data and access to applications that support design and modelling.

Users can create personalised toolbars, menus, command lists and shortcut keys to suit their own work patterns. All of these customisation points may include both Vulcan and Eureka.

An integrated text editor includes advanced features such as syntax highlighting and region folding. Integration of spreadsheet functionality facilitates efficient editing.

Enhanced tooltips show summary and status information for all items. Files and file components are colour coded to reflect their status as changed, loaded or edited by a Workbench application. Items capable of rendering to an image include a preview thumbnail. Groups of items can be displayed as icons or details, and scaled and dragged into other windows.

Thumbnail views can be docked to the side or base and used as a palette. The dynamic filter allows quick search for assets.

The Workbench Explorer knows which files can be edited and will make the edit option available in the context menu. A new tab lists file changes in the current working folder. This chronological log records creation, modification, renaming and deletion of file types in the data tab.

Working space can be increased by auto-hiding docked windows, such as the Explorer, Logs and Properties.

The Envisage window can be undocked and maximised on another monitor. Attached toolbars move with the windows.

Windows can be pulled out and docked together on another monitor to create a richer working environment.

Toolbars can be resized into any rectangular shape. Docked toolbar windows can be set to auto-hide and only appear when needed.

Users can dynamically switch between supported languages.

Command lines and scripts can be edited in simple panels that recognise the types of required values. Editing a command line automatically takes users to the correct panel for that executable.

The Workbench can constantly monitor memory usage of client and server processes, as well as overall system memory. A dashboard displays memory usage in easy-to-read scrolling charts. This information can be used to help identify performance issues in the software or with the platform.

I-Site Studio and BlastLogic will join Vulcan and Eureka as integrated Workbench applications later in 2017.