Vulcan delivers an end-to-end solution for geological modelling, mine design, planning and scheduling needs across the mining lifecycle.
Vulcan 12 and Workbench 3 were launched alongside the new Maptek Account licensing and customer engagement platform. New options for geological modelling, open pit and underground design and planning, survey capability and performance enhancements are highlights of the release.
New menu with a modern interface for easier set up and operation, new database formatting and ways of interacting with data. Users can optimise on product rather than simple factors like tonnage, and generate grid models that can be taken into Evolution for scheduling.
Geologists can now specify hard boundaries and exclude seams when setting up HARP ROM aggregation routines, saving considerable time to produce results and reducing the requirement to run the ROM process multiple times.
New dual faulting option combines Block Faulting with Angled Throw Faulting to build more accurate models within a smaller domain. Users can take advantage of precise fault location and geometry and auto generate throw, as well as the simple create and edit tools.
Calculating reserves weight by yield can be used by all operations with variable recoveries. Running reserve reports directly from the model without the need for Excel manipulation saves time and minimises excessive processing.
A new option allows users to save polygon selections to the specification file. This opens the option to scripting functionality for automation of routine tasks.
Drillhole assistant converts objects for drillhole planning and allows for interactive editing of drillhole traces in Vulcan.
Users can now quickly load samples databases into Vulcan through drag and drop.
Users can now apply global kriging (simple and ordinary) and multi-gaussian simulation to geostatistical studies.
New data analysis options include box plots, log normal probability plots, correlation and covariance matrices, full 3D fan variography, back transforms and enhanced user interface.
Support for multiple pits and projects, and automated attributing of solids such as tonnage and grade will aid users preparing mining blocks for scheduling in Maptek Evolution.
Users can expand solids or surfaces to create exclusion zones, areas of influence and dilution halos for risk assessment.
Users can now apply multiple surfaces or solids for automatically updating surfaces such as topography or pit shells.
Users can now split multiple seams and benches into blocks that match mine designs. Horizontal benches are also supported and the preparation of information for scheduling is enhanced.
Users can now specify different parting and mining thicknesses for different seams. Selective customisation of the final model without the requirement to run the ROM process multiple times saves time.
Improved reporting for overlapping material in Vulcan Gantt Scheduler reduces manual design work and minimises errors arising from double handling. Operations can spend less time on CAD work and data preparation, and focus on producing quality long range or life-of-mine schedules.
Third-party underground design tools that interact with Vulcan functionality have been upgraded. Stope Optimiser 3.1 includes changes to gradient strings, seed shapes and processing. SOT for optimisation in Vulcan Gantt Scheduler has been updated to SOT 3.0.
Enhanced capability when generating 3D as-built models of underground drives.
Improvements to over/under break reporting for identifying unnecessary development and pre-blast issues.
Better data sharing and workflows for managing point cloud data between Vulcan and PointStudio.
Users can now write and modify macros using Python scripting. Note this now requires Maptek Extend licensing.
Significant increase in speed for object selection in design databases.
Support added for KML and KMZ file formats for interacting with Google Earth and other packages, and STL file format for 3D printing.
Easier setup, visualisation and running of Workflows for automating multiple steps into a streamlined task. Improved technical support, including self-service case management. Note running workflows now requires Maptek Extend licensing.
New dedicated service for flexible application licensing, faster software deployment and enhanced customer experience with Maptek applications.Learn More
New Kriging Neighbourhood Analysis is fully integrated into the Vulcan grade estimation process. Charts are readily saved for reporting and it is fast and intuitive to set up and run.Learn More
Vulcan 11 includes updates to variogram modelling and many visualisation enhancements. Variogram properties can now be saved for use between variograms and projects. Variogram cloud charts show variations between all samples at each lag.Learn More
The projection pursuit methodology is added to the Vulcan suite of multivariate transformation tools for analysis and manipulation of sample data. This method provides the capability to reduce any dataset to an uncorrelated multivariate Gaussian distribution.
Modifying models using a freehand or snapping mode in 3D Geological Sculpting now allows incorporation of production data and samples databases. Search and filter algorithms perform up to 40 times faster, and auditability has also improved.Learn More
A new tool allows users to directly compare or reconcile an entire suite of grids or triangulations representing the site resource model against previous output. The process is saved as a specification which can be rerun for reconciliation year-on-year.
Wider application of Python scripting links site data science frameworks to Vulcan, helping users to customise solutions for working with large data arrays in block models, databases, mapfiles, grids and triangulations and improving run times.
Panel Caving Designer allows users to efficiently plan, design infrastructure and output operational stages for scheduling. The automated process for creating 3D CAD level production and sink level mining designs incorporates geometric, technical and operational parameters.Learn More
Engineers can now create highwall templates with improved flexibility in ramp design, including the ability to incorporate multiple ramps. Reserving is improved, with flow on to more accurate scheduling in Evolution. The update supports dragline passes.
Updates include automated bench templates, the ability to follow floor undulations more closely when creating the maximum spoil profile, options to doze to RL and doze as flat as possible, and unlimited offset blocks for the spoil report.
A simple, repeatable approach allows any accumulation variable, such as insitu metals or volume, to be selected and applied as a target. Users can also populate Vulcan block models with the results from Evolution optimisation, enabling the creation of end-of-period maps and animation of the scheduling phases.Learn More
Strip mines benefit from greater control and flexibility over how pits are split. Users can stipulate colours, devise formula-created attributes from generated attributes; and support for amalgamated projection methods, projection on grids, stacking and splitting in any sequence.Learn More
Spatial precedences and resource levelling performance has been significantly improved. Users can now report detailed information by period. Utilities include resource charting complete with histograms, easier precedence arrow navigation, Gantt bar colouring and labelling.
Dramatically increased speed for resolving samples, additional date formats and the ability to use Perl and Python scripts feature in Vulcan 11. Plotting output has been improved, bench plans can be saved, blast reporting panels re-sized and grade blocks edited by a pick list.
The latest update to Grade Control Optimiser includes enhancements to the core optimisation engine, an option to apply different mining widths and the time limit now applies to the entire problem, while recognising that the problem is split into multiple pieces.Learn More
Surveyors and engineers can easily compare designs and as-builts to calculate overbreak and underbreak in underground voids. Clicking on each cross-section displays dimensions for as-built, design, overbreak and underbreak as well as percentage of deviation.
Dynamically visualising multiple block variables allows quick assessment of all realisations of a simulation. Users can set up animations to run through all equiprobable solutions and better understand spatial distribution of grade variables in relation to one another.
Dynamically updating samples that will be selected for use in grade estimation as the ellipsoid boundary changes promotes understanding and finetuning the impact of estimations. Strike, dip and plunge orientations, and search lengths can be easily manipulated on screen.
Enhancements in Vulcan 10.1 makes Automated Pit Designer easier and faster to use, with greater flexibility for engineering design impact analysis, including sensitivity studies.Learn More
New statistical, graphing and display options in Vulcan Data Analyser allow resource geologists and engineers to gain a better understanding of technical data for resource modelling.
Upgrades in Vulcan 10.1 enhance manual drill design and significantly reduce time to create or update designs. Users can merge rows when combining blasts and conduct minimum burden adjustments.
New options in Vulcan 10.1 automate the creation maximum dragline spoil topography and spreadsheet template setup to compare available spoil room against actual volumes.
A new mining block generation tool combines design and reserving tools, streamlining preparation of mining blocks for scheduling. The new option is simple to set up and run, and supports multiple pits.
New features provide greater flexibility and control over final stope shapes for mine planning and scheduling.
Enhanced integration sees the Vulcan Gantt Scheduler directly reading Vulcan block models. Multiple vgantt files can be imported and exported for scheduling shorter range plans from LOM. Schedule Optimisation tool can be added for creating long-term underground schedules that maximise NPV.Learn More
Decline optimiser integrates with level Designer to generate multiple underground development scenarios for consideration in mine planning.
Vulcan Automated Pit Designer allows engineers to quickly iterate preliminary mine designs based on output from pit optimisation runs.
Vulcan Data Analyser provides enhanced functionality for variogram analysis, allowing users to gain a better understanding of their geological and analytical data.
Implicit Modelling gains Uncertainty Modelling and Faulting, as well as Radial Basis Function estimation. Geologists can choose an implicit modelling technique tailored to their deposit, or cross-reference results between techniques, leading to greater confidence in the final model.
View regular block models of hundreds of millions of blocks, enabling visualisation of entire block models without sacrificing resolution or data quality.
Uniform Conditioning, now available in the GeostatModeller bundle, reduces the tension between producing a model with accurate, well-informed local estimates and a model that predicts global resources and produces reliable grade-tonnage values.
Grade control is the first application written in the new Maptek Workbench framework, and offers more robust functionality that streamlines data management and workflow.
This new Open Cut Design tool allows users to easily cut up a bench into mineable areas for short to medium term planning and report the results.
A new addition to the Open Pit menu presents a workflow-based approach to creating solids for scheduling in Vulcan Gantt Scheduler and Maptek Evolution.
Vulcan 10 will be delivered within a new platform, the Maptek Workbench, providing a new architectural backbone enabling enhanced workflows and data sharing between Maptek products.