Educating university students and creating a partnership for the future is a shared goal for Maptek and Northwest Missouri State University.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, assistant
professor of geology at Northwest, heard about Maptek Vulcan software from one
of his previous students, who had been introduced to it in the workplace.
Johnson called Maptek to find out more, and one month later, an agreement to
pledge 21 Vulcan licenses to the university was in place.
Northwest, a public university of
more than 7,200 students, received their Vulcan licenses in May. In August, all advanced
undergraduate students across economic geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and
geostatistics courses will begin using Vulcan to analyze data and create
dynamic 3D models in the classroom.
“Our geology department is like a
four-legged table,” said Johnson. “One leg is the traditional classroom
setting, the second is inquiry-based lab experience and the third is field
“These three legs are strong, but
we were missing the fourth leg, which is computer technology and modern
applications like Vulcan.”
The GeoStatModeller bundle was
chosen because it prepares students for work on geostatistics and modeling. The
Vulcan bundle is a complete package that will provide students with tools for
statistical analysis and grade estimation, which are required for accurate modeling
and mine planning.
“We want our students to be able
to visualize the data, and draw and render in 3D,” said Johnson. “The tools include options for creating models
and give us the ability to directly analyze borehole data, which is important
in exploration geology.”
“Donating software is a great way
to encourage the use of high technology at universities”’ said Robert Slade,
senior vice president of Vulcan Sales. “Maptek is always eager to participate
in educating the next generation of earth science, geology and engineering
With award-winning students,
record graduation rates and a 93 percent job placement rate, Northwest is
confident the addition of Vulcan will add value to the students’ education and
boost their skills for their future professions.
“Our goal is to give our students
every possible advantage,” said Johnson. “And Vulcan will allow us to take our
program right to the cutting edge of technology.”
Maptek Pledges Vulcan 3D Modeling Software to University
July 17, 2012