New functionality in Maptek's Vulcan 9 targets specific applications in resource modeling and underground design alongside improvements to software architecture to manage massive databases.

"Vulcan 9 gives users the freedom to apply their expertise to solve tasks in the way they want," Vulcan Product Manager Eric Gonzalez said. "Vulcan 9 has new and improved capabilities for modeling, object attribution, underground design and a completely new graphics engine. The amount of data users can load and manipulate is only restricted by their hardware."

Users will be able to combine implicit modeling with existing Vulcan tools to create their own unique approach for generating complex 3D surfaces. Geologists can spend more time refining interpretations, rather than generating basic models.

The new object attributes feature in Vulcan 9 means that unlimited information about an object is available on demand for making better decisions. Any edits are automatically updated in the downstream process. Instead of re-running reserves based on a new design, a single mouse-over on a point shows new reserve information.

A new expressions tool assigns the properties of an object as attributes, for example, tonnage and grade from a block model can be stored against the design object and updated on demand.

The Locally Varying Anisotropy (LVA) method can be applied to account for arbitrary search paths for grade estimation, improving results when modeling complex stratiform orebodies.

Enhancements to underground ring design and underground mine design tools will streamline workflow and increase productivity.