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Maptek released Vulcan 8.2 to a global license base of more than 6,000 users. The new tools, updates and features in Vulcan 8.2 provide increased speed, efficiency and usability. It has an improved software experience complemented by a walk-through document, release notes and tutorials.
A customer request for generating strategic pit and dump designs prompted development of the new Rapid Pit Design tool. Mine planning engineers can quickly create mid-bench based designs, and generate phases and reserve reports. With this tool, users can evaluate multiple designs in the same amount of time they would traditionally create a single design.
“The new tool helps engineers to quickly create and analyze different pit designs, allowing them to look at many more alternative designs, prior to producing a final design,” said Steve Uecker, Vulcan client experience manager.
Vulcan 8.2 includes a Support Analysis tool for resource validation and forecasting with practical applications in all stages of mining. Users can quickly generate grade tonnage curves at varying scales or material classifications, verify the choice of block size and validate resource block models.
Vulcan 8.2 is equipped with a 256 indexed color palette with 24 bit color depth, expanding the selection to more than 16 million colors for CAD objects.
Upgrades to the CSV import option allow users to bring in .CSV files without first creating a template. Updates to the Excel interface in Chronos improve the scheduling workflow.
Following the initial release of Vulcan 64-bit in April, Vulcan 8.2 is available in 32- and 64-bit. Access to the entire 64-bit memory space greatly benefits users working with larger datasets.
“Rigorous internal quality assurance and our customer beta testing program helps to ensure that Vulcan 8.2 combines robust software with a great user experience,” commented Uecker. “We increased test assets by 53 percent for this release, and feedback from our beta testers has been very positive overall.”