Maptek and VUMA, a subsidiary of Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE), have announced a memorandum of understanding to facilitate collaboration and cooperation around mine ventilation solutions and mine design.

The primary focus will be on enabling detailed data transfer between Maptek Vulcan mine planning software and VUMA ventilation simulation software.

“VUMA is an impressive software suite. Integrating VUMA with Vulcan offers huge benefits to mine planning departments,” says Maptek Africa General Manager Nick Venter.

VUMA software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks. The heat engineering balance can be examined in detail, taking into account all factors contributing to heat load, including equipment, advance rates, heat from broken rock and mine design.

Vulcan software provides advanced underground mine design, planning and scheduling tools. Enabling detailed design, survey and operational data to be transferred to VUMA software will deliver valuable gains in accuracy, efficiency and speed for analysis and planning around ventilation and refrigeration in underground mines. This also allows ventilation factors to be considered earlier in the mine planning process.

“It will allow mine survey and design data to be used in ventilation and cooling analysis, without replication of data, and ensures accurate, current representations of the mine surface can be applied to ventilation planning,” Venter says.

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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 BlastLogicfor 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.