Vulcan training and roll out at Ok Tedi

Monday, March 18th, 2013

In November 2012, 20 technical staff at Ok Tedi Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea were introduced to the latest survey, geology and engineering tools in Vulcan 8.2.

Maptek Technical Services consultant Jonathan Haines conducted training over 5 days, with an extra day installing the latest version of Vulcan at the mine.Ok Tedi Mine site, operated by Ok Tedi Mining Limited, is located in the Star Mountains, Western Province of PNG. The area is very remote and is only accessible via air, or a 5-day trip from Pt Moresby by barge along the Fly River.

The site is about 50 minutes drive from the village of Tabubil, one of the wettest places on earth. The tropical jungle receives rainfall of 8 metres per year, 10 times that of Jonathan’s home base in Perth, Western Australia.

The combination of training with onsite technical support provides obvious benefits to the operation. Using Ok Tedi mine data for training ensured faster up-take of the software.

Training included introduction to Vulcan,road and open pit design, and underground survey. Software installation revealed some issues with datasets which were soon resolved, allowing the new tools to be applied to clean data.

Personnel were also interested to hear about Maptek’s new blast accuracy management system, BlastLogic and the latest survey technology from I-Site.

Contact your local Maptek office to arrange customised training for your site.

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