Maptek is planning to share its latest innovations with customers at the XVII South America Users Conference, which will be held Oct. 14-16 in Viña del Mar, Chile.

“Since our last conference, our customers have faced aggressive conditions requiring them to focus on cost reduction and consolidating their resources,” says Marcelo Arancibia, vice president, South America. “Standardizing on a single provider like Maptek is a good way to achieve this. Developing and delivering intuitive workflows across the mining execution value chain ensures processes are not managed in isolation. Decision makers can work effectively off a single data solution, helping to identify risks as well as opportunities to improve value.”

Innovation is exhibited in Vulcan implicit modeling, which integrates block and automatic solids aspects of 3D models in a single tool. Users can combine various methods in a hybrid modeling approach that best suits their deposit.

Advancement extends to the scheduling phase, where Maptek Evolution employs genetic algorithms to guide strategic and tactical planning at all resource and operation types. “Evolution optimizes the scheduling process, maximizing project revenue and dramatically reducing the time to run schedules,” Arancibia says.

In the last 12 months, Maptek has released I-Site Drive, which enables continuous laser scan data acquisition from a moving vehicle. Survey, geology or geotechnical staff can simply drive around the operation to collect accurate data from stockpiles, haul roads and high walls in a single pass.

Maptek has also updated spatial data analysis systems I-Site Studio, PerfectDig and Sentry with the latest sensing and visualization technologies. Operations gain a competitive advantage by making optimum use of technical data.

At the same time, BlastLogic tools for strategic management of drill and blast data continue to develop in sophistication in line with industry needs. Recent enhancements allow live access to drill navigation data alongside analysis tools for improving recovery, lowering contamination and trimming costs.

About Maptek

Founded more than 30 years ago, Maptek is a provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1,700 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops industry-leading software including Vulcan, Eureka, Evolution and BlastLogic for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation.