A Vulcan 10 addition to the Open Pit menu presents a workflow-based approach to creating scheduling solids.

Users are guided through a series of logical steps beginning with a full pit solid, topography and horizon surfaces.

The resultant product and waste solids are then split by strip lines containing information about batter angles and berm offsets, as well as block lines and bench levels.

At every stage of the splitting process triangulation solids are saved separately as they are created, and assigned names and physical attributes.

Existing grids or HARP models can be interrogated to assign quality and geotechnical attributes to the resulting solids.

Optimised, multi-threaded use of the Boolean engine quickly creates reliable solids with no loss of model fidelity, ensuring volumes match at every splitting stage.

Processing blocks with the new Vulcan splitting solids option takes half the time of previous methods.

Coincident and stepped surfaces are easily handled. The new splitting option works on simple or complex geology. Additional features allow created solids to be clipped to a new topography and easy export of attributes in common formats.

Direct visualisation allows continuous validation. The results are consistent, giving valid, closed solids, fully attributed and ready for scheduling in Vulcan Gantt Scheduler and Maptek Evolution.

Vulcan 10 will be available in March 2016.