Introducing Vulcan 2020


Vulcan delivers an end-to-end solution for geological modelling, mine design, planning and scheduling, providing holistics benefits across the mining lifecycle.

With Vulcan 2020, Maptek continues the tradition of helping customers create value and work more effectively with their digital mining data. This release delivers new design, planning, reporting and analysis functionality alongside enhanced usability and automated workflows.

Vulcan is populated with practical tools that help modern mining operations generate value from their technical information. These translate into increased productivity for specific applications - such as geological modelling, automated pit design and grade control processes - as well as improvement to the mining business in terms of cost efficiencies.

 

Vulcan 2020

Engineering productivity gains

Automated Pit Designer

Modify designs, insert ramps and interact with your designs dynamically. Intuitive interface now supports dump design. You gain a dramatically improved pit design process, reducing the time to go from pit optimisation outputs to a final pit design complete with ramps.

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Open Pit Compliance

End of period reconciliation of volumes for short and mid term planners is now easier than ever. Automatic comparison of multiple surfaces against solids helps identify how well plans have been followed. You can now filter by area, thickness and/or volume and work without the Block Model.

Short Term Planner

Improved animation, filtering and assigning of attributes allow you to quickly compare and better visualise equipment schedules for weekly and monthly planning horizons.

Gantt Scheduler

New pivot table reporting functionality in Vulcan Gantt Scheduler allows you to analyse the schedule in a more streamlined fashion, eliminating the need to export the information.

Geology and geostatistical tools

Drillhole Optimiser

New

Exploration, open pit and underground operations can now develop optimal infill drilling plans that maximise resource recovery for a given budget. Consider various scenarios in planning the optimal drilling plan and can evaluate options before allocating the drilling budget across your sites and operations.

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Simple Kriging and Simple Co‑Kriging

Vulcan offers a wide range of advanced geostatistical methods. Additional parameters have been added for Simple Kriging and Simple Co-Kriging in grade estimation, allowing you to specify values for samples out of the model definition.

Vulcan Data Analyser

A faster, better method for incorporating charts into documents, creating swath plots and defining domains for estimation. New options include swath plots for checking results, easier definition of direction for orthogonal variograms and multiple display histograms.

Herco Analysis

Herco Analysis (previously Support Analysis), features improved panels, layout and workflow with multiple graphics output for more intuitive comparison of economic mineralisation scenarios.

Foundational tools

Dynamic Reserves

New

A fast, interactive tool that shows reserve information for your nominated regions on the fly. Work with your composites database, including directly with your drillhole database.

Get basic or advanced reports, charts, and fast reserves of solids simply by picking them. Enhanced reporting and visualisation options help you evaluate if solids meet planning goals.

Triangulation Repair

Preview

Quickly repair invalid triangulations without changing volume characteristics. You can apply this option when creating or importing triangulations.

Plot Builder

Preview

Faster and more intuitive plotting, with no need to export data. See exactly what your plot is going to look like as you create it.

Enhanced stratigraphic options

Projection Algorithms

An improved projection algorithm reduces unwanted segments, crossovers or other issues which require manual manipulation when working with stratigraphic deposits.

Coal Washability

Easily and efficiently incorporate washability data with your structural, run of mine and quality data to optimise your mining operation for product.

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Enhanced usability in geology tools

Coal Washability

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.

Stratigraphic ROM aggregation

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.

Stratigraphic modelling

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.

Advanced Reserves Weight by Yields

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.

Block Model Flagging

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 tool

Drillhole assistant converts objects for drillhole planning and allows for interactive editing of drillhole traces in Vulcan.

Samples database drag-drop

Users can now quickly load samples databases into Vulcan through drag and drop.

Geostatistics toolbox

Users can now apply global kriging (simple and ordinary) and multi-gaussian simulation to geostatistical studies.

Data Analyser update

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.

Improved workflows in engineering and design

Mining Block Generation

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.

Triangulation Expand by Distance

Users can expand solids or surfaces to create exclusion zones, areas of influence and dilution halos for risk assessment.

Triangulation Model Adjustments

Users can now apply multiple surfaces or solids for automatically updating surfaces such as topography or pit shells.

Pit Splitter

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.

Variable Mining Widths

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.

Enhanced tools for underground

Overlapping Material in Centerlines

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 design apps

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.

Updates to survey capability

3D as-built models

Enhanced capability when generating 3D as-built models of underground drives.

Underground reporting

Improvements to over/under break reporting for identifying unnecessary development and pre-blast issues.

Point cloud data interoperability

Better data sharing and workflows for managing point cloud data between Vulcan and PointStudio.

Performance and user experience

Python Macro Functionality

Users can now write and modify macros using Python scripting. Note this now requires Maptek Extend licensing.

Design database speed

Significant increase in speed for object selection in design databases.

Import/Export options

Support added for KML and KMZ file formats for interacting with Google Earth and other packages, and STL file format for 3D printing.

Maptek Workbench

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.

Maptek Account

New dedicated service for flexible application licensing, faster software deployment and enhanced customer experience with Maptek applications.

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Geostatistics

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.

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Variogram analysis

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.

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Multivariate transform

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.

3D geological sculpting

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.

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Stratigraphic reconciliation

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.

Python scripting

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.

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Panel Caving Designer

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.

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Highwall ramps

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.

Dragline

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.

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Mining Blocks Generation

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.

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Open Pit Solids

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.

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Vulcan Gantt Scheduler

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.

Grade control

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.

Grade Control Optimiser

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.

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Overbreak/underbreak

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.

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Block variable visualisation

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.

Dynamic ellipsoid display

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.

Vulcan 10.1

Automated Pit Designer

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.

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Statistical analysis

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.

Open cut drill & blast

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.

Dragline tools

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.

Mining block generation

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.

Stope Optimiser

New features provide greater flexibility and control over final stope shapes for mine planning and scheduling.

Underground 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.

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Decline optimiser

Decline optimiser integrates with level Designer to generate multiple underground development scenarios for consideration in mine planning.

Vulcan 10

Automated Pit Designer

New

Vulcan Automated Pit Designer allows engineers to quickly iterate preliminary mine designs based on output from pit optimisation runs.

Vulcan Data Analyser

New

Vulcan Data Analyser provides enhanced functionality for variogram analysis, allowing users to gain a better understanding of their geological and analytical data.

Implicit Modelling

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.

Large Block Model Display

View regular block models of hundreds of millions of blocks, enabling visualisation of entire block models without sacrificing resolution or data quality.

Uniform Conditioning

New

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

Grade control is the first application written in the new Maptek Workbench framework, and offers more robust functionality that streamlines data management and workflow.

Interactive Block Planner

New

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.

Open Pit Solids

New

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.

Maptek Workbench

New

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.