The new Vulcan 10 from Maptek features a new automated pit designer, variogram analysis, implicit modeling and grade control. It incorporates Maptek Workbench, which Maptek calls an integrated platform for development and delivery of products and services.

“The Workbench defines our future as a global mining technology leader,” says Maptek CEO Peter Johnson at the software launch. “A new design, new platform, new applications, new technology, the Workbench establishes a new environment for ongoing innovation in product development.’

A total of 14 menu items have been streamlined into a tool that provides new methods for handling structural and grade-based anisotropy. Resource geologists have access to alternative methods to evaluate data, displaying multiple models concurrently for real-time, side-by-side comparisons.

A new splitting solids tool applies current Vulcan multi-boolean capability to generate valid mining blocks for scheduling. Created solids can be clipped to a new topography as new data becomes available, enhancing workflows for mid-term scheduling. In addition, an option has been added that interactively cuts bench polygons, with target tonnage reserved against a block model as cutting proceeds.

“This is a good example of how workflow tools maintain the integrity of data from block modeling in Vulcan to scheduling in Maptek Evolution. Usability and onscreen validation are key features of these pre-scheduling tools, which improve productivity for short and long term planning,” Johnson says. 

The new automated pit designer for creating mineable pit shells improves efficiency for engineering tasks. Pit models become dynamic agents in the planning process as optimized block models are transformed into realistic mine design contours in seconds. The contours, in turn, can be applied to further design work or generation of long-term schedules.

Vulcan 10 implicit modeling includes a new radial basis function for defining domains with shared or independent structural trends while accurately honouring drill hole data. Uncertainty modeling allows multiple orebodies to be automatically generated from drill hole datasets. Incorporating financial information enables quick assessment of mining viability for different scenarios.

The Maptek Workbench also enables a free 12-month trial of core drill hole viewing and exploration tools in Maptek Eureka for Vulcan Modeller users.

About Maptek
Founded more than 30 years ago, Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1,800 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops software including Vulcan, Eureka, Evolution and BlastLogic for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation. I-Site is integrated hardware and software for 3D laser scanning, surveying and imaging. The spatial data collected can be used for geotechnical analysis, stockpile measurement, design conformance and movement tracking supported by software systems I-Site Studio, Drive, PerfectDig and Sentry.